Nature

Nature in the Magdalen Islands

The Îles de la Madeleine offer a wide range of attractions and activities throughout the year. In summer, of course, it is the beaches and outdoor activities which draw our visitors here. Winter is the perfect time to experience the natural rhythms of island life after the bustle of the summer season.

Adventure in the great outdoors

Adventuring in the Magdalens means walking, biking, horseback
riding, canoeing, kayaking and boating along endless beaches,
over remarkable landforms, over and under lagoons and sea beds
through an endless world of wonders.

The specialist media rank the Iles de la Madeleine in the top ten destinations on the planet for sliding sports and wind sports. The warm, shallow waters of the lagoons are perfect for learning to manage high speeds and in other locations, more extreme conditions and sea waves present an exciting challenge for the more adventurous!

A passion for the outdoors

Because of their unique location and resources, the Iles de la Madeleine are the perfect destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts, naturalists and vacationers in search of adventure ! Both the summer
and winter seasons offer a panoply of stimulating activities to draw visitors towards new horizons of beauty and discovery. The number and variety of sites on the Islands where water and land sports can be enjoyed is truly amazing.

Kitesurf in the Magdalen Islands
Birdwatching - Îles de la Madeleine
Kayak activity - Îles de la Madeleine
Horseback Riding on the beach - Îles de la Madeleine
Hiking on the beach - Îles de la Madeleine
Boat near Entry Island - Îles de la Madeleine
Wide Beach - Îles de la Madeleine

 

An incomparable landscape of ice and snow

Every year, during the first weeks of March, hundreds of thousands of harp seals and hooded seals migrate to the ice fields around the Îles de la Madeleine to bear their young.

Helicopter tours to the ice floes are available for the observation of adult seals and whitecoats in their natural habitat: a spectacular landscape of snow and ice peopled by this enormous herd of marine mammals.  

Winter visitors can explore a totally different aspect of the Islands. Let the winds carry you away !

Frozen lagoons are the ideal playground for amateurs of sliding and wind sports. Winter on The Maggies it's also the privilege of meeting the Madelinot and more about their culture.

Winter on the Magdalen Islands
Traditional house during winter - Îles de la Madeleine
Seal observation - Îles de la Madeleine
Freezing rain landscapes - Îles de la Madeleine
Harp Seals on the ice floes - Îles de la Madeleine
Ice boats - Îles de la Madeleine
Seal pup - Îles de la Madeleine