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1. How can I get a copy of the official tourist guide for the region?
2. Where are Les Îles de la Madeleine located?
3. How do I get to Les Îles de la Madeleine and how much will the trip cost?
4. Is it easy to get from one island to another in the archipelago?
5. What is the population of Les Îles de la Madeleine?
6. What is the main economic activity on Les Îles de la Madeleine?
7. Is it possible to swim in Les Îles de la Madeleine? What's the water temperature?
8. How is the climate Les Îles de la Madeleine?
9. How do you get to Les Îles de la Madeleine by car?
10. What is the best time of the year for bird watching?
Here's how to get a copy of the official Tourist Guide:
Les Îles de la Madeleine are part of the Province of Québec, in Canada. They lie off the east coast, right in the middle of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean: 215 km from the Gaspé Peninsula, 105 km from Prince Edward Island and 95 km from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Les Îles de la Madeleine are a group of about twelve islands. For more information, see the section "Discover Les Îles".
You can get to Les Îles either by boat or by plane.
You take the ferry from Souris, a small village on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. The boat is a car ferry which takes five hours to make the trip to the Islands. In 2012, the average cost of a return trip for two adults in a standard-size car was $369 in the high season.
It is also possible to take a cruise ship from Montréal which makes one stop in Chandler, in the Gaspé Peninsula. This is a two-day trip.
Air Canada Jazz and Pascan Aviation have flights to Les Îles. The airport is located on île du Havre-aux-Maisons, and its international code is YGR. Prices vary greatly, depending on your date and departure point.
For more information, talk to your travel agent or visit the section “Getting There/Get to Les Îles”.
Yes. One of the principal characteristics of the archipelago is the long dunes linking the islands. These extensive sand dunes (magnificent beaches, by the way) provided a foundation for the construction of route 199, which runs from one end of the island chain to the other. That means you can drive, bike or hike the 65 km between one extremity of Les Îles and the other. Only one of the inhabited islands, Entry Island, is not linked to the others by the road. To get to Entry Island, you must take a boat excursion or the regular ferry. For more information, see the section « Getting around ».
Îles de la Madeleine has two municipalities: the Municipality of Îles-de-la-Madeleine and the Municipality of Grosse-Île. In 2013, the population was 13 062. For more information, see the section "Discover Les Îles".
The commercial fishery (lobster, crab, scallops, mussels, groundfish) is the most important industry on the Islands. Tourism comes second, followed by the salt mine in Grosse-Île, which is also a major employer. For more information, see the section “Discover Les Îles” and particularly the “Regional features” section.
The archipelago is blessed with a mild maritime climate. At the end of August and in September, the water in the lagoons and bays around the Islands reaches temperatures up to 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. The Gulf Stream, the low tides and the fact that the islands are surrounded by shallows all help keep the water warmer. Water in swimming areas is warmer here than along the shores of the Saint Lawrence or even along North Carolina (USA), and swimming is still a pleasure as late as the end of September!
For more information, see the section Beaches.
Because it is a maritime region, surrounded by water, there is quite a difference between the climate in the Islands and the climate on the mainland. All seasons are more temperate.
See the section “Getting there/Getting to Les Îles”.
The archipelago is on the migration route for several species of birds. The best time for observation of migrating birds is in May and June or September and October.