Havre Aubert Island

Historical site of La Grave, Havre-Aubert

The first Acadians to arrive on the Islands settled in Havre-Aubert. Traces of this history can still be found in the local architecture. Havre-Aubert truly has a lot to offer: beautiful natural surroundings, fine restaurants, cultural activities, shops and cafés where you can just sit back and relax.

 

Culture at its best

The first Acadians to arrive on the Islands settled in Havre-Aubert. Their influence can still be seen in local architecture.

Located at the southern end of the archipelago, Havre Aubert is the most forested island of the group. The two main communities on Havre Aubert Island are Havre-Aubert and Bassin. They in turn are subdivided into townships: Portage-du-Cap, La Baie, La Montagne, L'Anse-à-la-Cabane and L'Étang-des-Caps.

Take full advantage of this area's natural beauties

Havre Aubert Island has the most extensive forest of the archipelago. It is ideal for hiking and observing the forest flora. A well planned trip from the beach to the hills or vice-versa will let you take full advantage of this area's natural beauties.

Corde à linge, Havre-Aubert, Îles de la Madeleine
Falaises, Havre-AubertChars à voile, Havre-Aubert
Kayak Havre-AubertChâteaux de sable, Havre-Aubert
Maisons, Havre-Aubert
Église de Bassin, Havre-Aubert



Havre-Aubert is a member of the Association des plus beaux villages du Québec (most beautiful villages of Québec). The coastal road takes you all the way around the west side of the Island (Chemin du Bassin). This scenic route winds its way among the houses from Portage-du-Cap to L'Étang-des-Caps, ending on the beautiful De l'Ouest Beach. There you can sit and enjoy a magnificent sunset over the cliffs and the Dune de l'Ouest (west dune). The solitary rock you can see on the horizon is known as Corps Mort (dead body). Along your route be sure to take a good look at all the beautiful traditional architecture, the typical houses with their barns and sheds, and the ecclesiastical architecture of the Bassin Church with its presbytery, outstanding for the complexity and refinement of its mansard-style roofing.

At L'Anse-à-la-Cabane (shack cove) lighthouse, you can take in a splendid view of the cove, the fishing port and the Island's rolling landscape.
Havre Aubert Island has the most extensive forest of the archipelago. It is ideal for hiking and observing the forest flora. A well planned trip from the beach to the hills or vice-versa will let you take full advantage of this area's natural beauties.

Havre-Aubert is a natural fishing and yachting harbour. Here you will find the round sloping hills called Les Demoiselles (the Misses) at whose feet there is a scenic road, Chemin d'en Haut, bordered by traditional houses. Havre-Aubert, with its Courthouse and jail, was once the busiest site on the Îles de la Madeleine.

The most interesting attraction in Havre-Aubert is without a doubt the Historical site of La Grave (from the French "grève": pebbly and sandy terrain). This pebbly beach was a favourite spot for fishing and commerce and still retains its maritime flavour. Designated as an historical site by the Minister of Cultural Affairs in 1983, La Grave has preserved its original purpose as a meeting place. Its many arts and crafts shops, businesses, cafés and restaurants make La Grave THE place to go for both Madelinots and visitors.

 

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