Arrimage's mission is to facilate working in partnership, supporting and planning development in the area of arts and culture, consulting and representing artists and cultural organisations and promoting their works. Go to Arrimage's Internet site, you'll find the culturel program calender and artists descriptions.
Photo : "La maison bleue - Butte ronde", Marco Lepage (Arrimage art collection )
Discover this one-of-a-kind studio where sand from the Islands is transformed into unique sculptures... sand treasures to forever remind you of the beauty of sand and sea. Art from the sea since 1981, and now a proud member of Economuseum network. Also offers works by local and off-island artists.
Member of the Visual Arts and Handicrafts Circuit.
Don't forget to try our free sandcastle workshops every Thursdays!
The 105 seats music-hall-by-the-sea. Au Vieux Treuil, the cosiest of summer concert halls, has been presenting local, national and international shows for 30 years. The theatre is located on the historic site of La Grave in Havre-Aubert, and the friendly team of professionals who manage it also host a multitude of performers in venues across the Magdalen Islands. In 2010, Au Vieux Treuil has been nominated « show presenter of the year » at the RIDEAU awards in Quebec city and at the ROSEQ awards in Rimouski.
Winner of the Gold Medal for tourist services in the 2010 and 2009 National Grands Prix du tourisme, we are the ultimate reference for sightseeing tours on the Islands. Our dynamic team will introduce you to the most exclusive and unique spots on the Islands. Bus, minibus rental, bike shuttle. Winner of Les Grands Prix du tourisme 2011 - Tourist services and 2006, 2007- transport & travel.
Guided tour of the Magdalen Islands
Our company win the Tourism Grands Prix award * Touristic service.
We are the a must to start and enjoy your stay on our beautiful islands.
Our novel package tour mix with our talented and skilled "Madelinot" guide will make you discover our islands and leave you with a unforgettable and unique experience.
Joined us to our small groups for a customized service !
Our mission: Make you discover Magdalen Islands in a special way !
You want to smell the salty air, enjoy our warm sandy beach, soak in the culture and the charm of our islands. We want you to experience how colorful are the islands as much as the people that live on it.
***Shuttle service from the cruise boat available under request.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
• Reception and information session with M.A. Poirier team
• Demonstration of blowing glass at Atelier Iso
• Scenic drive: L'Étang-du-Nord lighthouse and Belle Anse site
• Visit to La Mi-Carême workshop museum
• Lunch at Café d'chez nous
• Free time at La Côte (main attractions: Le Flâneur art gallery, fishing port, boutiques)
• Evening performance by Tante Emma (french only)
• Visitof the Lavernière church, second-largest wooden church in North America
• Visit of the Site d'Autrefois cultural site (french only)
• Scenic drive: Bassin, La Montagne, L'Étang-des-Caps
• Visit of La Baraque art gallery (french only)
• Lunch at Auberge Chez Denis à François
• Visit of the Musée de la Mer (Sea Museum)
• Free time at La Grave, historic site
• Visit of Les Artisans du Sable workshop museum
• Evening show with a Madelinot performing artist (french only)
• Visit to the Mines Seleine's Interpretation Center
• Visit of the Veteran Musuem and Memorial park of Grosse-Île, Islands' English-speaking community
• Lunch at Auberge La Salicorne
• Free time at Old Harry (Main attractions: La Maison du Potier studio-boutique and photographing the landscape) Fromagerie and free time at beach
We can see it, touch it and taste it. We can find it on the ground, underground, in the sea, in some lakes and rivers and also...on all tables. More than just a seasonning, it's essential to our survival...SALT. Mines Seleine's interpretation Center is proud to present the Salt Essentiel exhibit. A fascinating exhibit for the whole family by the Musée de la Civilisation of Quebec in collaboration with the Musee des Natures et des Sciences. Cost: 0-6 years old : Free - 6 to 16 years old : $5 - Adult: $6 - 55 and older: $5.
A visit in the incredible world of seals! Discover these fascinating mammals through our interactive exhibit, talk with our guides and watch our breathtaking film: "Ice Haven". A guided tour will lead you into fascinating realms of their history, science and ecology related to their life cycle. In addition, you may obtain, on site, seal by-products. For the visit, the fees are (tax incl.): 5-17 years old: $ 4, adults: $ 7.50 and 60 years old: $ 6.50. Prices are available for families and groups.
Centre nautique l'Istorlet is a vacation center, incorporated in 1973, in Havre-Aubert, Magdalen Islands. This social enterprise (NPO), recognized by Tourisme Québec, offers a wide variety of nautical activities, custom-made packages, camps for children, and different types of accommodations.
Istorlet offers many family activities. The most popular activities are sea kayaking to visit caves and cliffs and snorkeling with seals at Corps Mort Island. Lessons are also available, from beginner level to expert, on the sheltered bay «Le Bassin». Windsurfing lessons are available. Sailing lessons are also available using the 420, Caravelle, Laser 1, and Optimist. For experienced sailors and surfers, equipment is available for rental. Also, it is possible to rent: stand up paddle boards (SUP), canoes, surf kayaks, rabaskas and bikes.
Children (7 to 14 years old) who want to enjoy the different activities at Istorlet can participate in a nature class (May-June), a nautical camp or a day camp (July-August). Certified by Association des camps du Québec (ACQ), Istorlet provides a stimulating and safe environment... for an exciting adventure,your children will remember for the rest of their lives.
The sound of the Sea, your Island's Radio!
Local community radio airing : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, focusing on local news, interview and musical content with différent community announcements. Mostly French except for a daily hour of English broadcasting (6:00 to 7:00).
Office schedule: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to noon & 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
On Havre-Aubert beach (Sandy Hook), come and build your best sand castle. There are different catégories for the whole family. For 2015, it will be 7-8-9 august. For information call us at 418-986-6863.
In case of bad weather, the contest will be postponed to Sunday.
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The Nautical Club welcomes you to the "Grave" historic site. Settlers first set foot on land here, in the natural harbour, 200 years ago. It is now your turn to discover this marvellous site with it's many boutiques, bars, restaurants, cafe and theatre."Les Plaisanciers du Havre Marina".
For more than 10 years, CTMA has been offering the one and only cruise to the Îles de la Madeleine from Montréal between mid-June to late September. During this one-week cruise, the beauty of the St. Lawrence River will be revealed to you alternating between moments of relaxation, various activities and a range of gastronomic delights; you will discover the archipelago's breathtaking seascapes, with a 3-day stay. The discovery of Chandler and its
surroundings and of Old Québec City are also on the program. To correspond to your liking, we offer the following packages: Taste, Art & Culture and Cycling & Outdoors. A cruise aboard the CTMA Vacancier is most certainly the best way to connect with the Islands.
Originating in the Middle Ages, Mi-Carême has withstood the passage of time and continues to be celebrated in a few places around the world. On Îles de la Madeleine, only the village of Fatima has preserved this unique traditional feast which is a joyful mixture of disguises, music and joie de vivre. Allow yourself to be swept away by this festive celebration. A visit to the Mi-Carême Ecomuseum is a journey to the very heart of a tradition as well as a singular cultural experience. Welcome! Open on reservation only for groups.
For a uniquely memorable experience, call in at the Îles de la Madeleine where the islands seem to float between sea and sky. You will love the area's authentic insular culture and unspoiled natural environment, its vast and beautiful seascapes and endless beaches and the Madelinots' proverbially warm welcome.
This unique historical site with its traditional character and architecture, is a fascinating testimonial to the pas. Extending over and around its pebble beach, La Grave was the site of the Islands' first settlement as well as the beginning of the archipelago's fishery. You vill find a variety of activities here, all accessible on foot! Restaurants, cafés, shops, aquarium, museums, marina, theatre, and different events.
A new Audioguide Circuit is available year-round at the Musée de la mer. The audio files are also available in English on our Website lagravesitehistorique.com
During the last century, many Islanders lived to the rhythm of hard-smoking herrings. Enjoy an educational and taste experience in a historical building. Discover the operation of the smokehouse, the daily lives of the workets, the smell of the fires ans the sight of thousands of coppery herrings that are being suspendued and smoked. The Arseneau family keeps this expertise alive since 1942.
During the summer , guided tour every hours including tasting products.
In low season , independent visits with interpretation board and tasting.
Launching of the boats. Share a different way of life! At dawn on the first day of the season, 325 lobster fishermen all head out to sea at the same time. Come to Grande-Entrée, and participate in the following activities: the gathering of the fishermen, the fishermen's mass, fireworks, and the launching of the boats. On the following Monday, treat yourself to the Islands lobster! Package stays available. During the fishing season, visit the ports of the Islands in the morning to welcome the lobster fishermen!
The Municipality offers visitors many kilometers of hiking and cycling trails, with scenery. To help preserve the environment, visitors are invited to sort out the rubbish, from the recycling and organic waste.
Isolated from the main archipelago, Entry Island is known as a “Pearl in the Heart of the Gulf.” The Entry Island Heritage Museum offers a truly unique glimpse into the Island's past through its exhibits of farming and fishing equipment, veterans' memorabilia, photographs, household objects and stories of long ago. No trip to Entry is complete without a visit to the Museum!
A poet of the sea, the wind and the far horizon, this young Madelinot storyteller spreads his nets in the memories of his ancestors, speaking in homage to their wisdom and their heritage. In the accents of his younger days, he takes us on a tour of a society poised precariously between the traditional and modern worlds. He illustrates the importance of traditions and the uniqueness of his people. His stories, profound, subtle and sensitively rendered, bring to life the legends of Island life... a magical visit to his own personal corner of paradise.
The Réseau muséal of les Îles de la Madeleine brings together many organizations which are dedicated to preserve the vitality of the history and culture of the Magdalen Isalnds. By supporting organizations such as museums, interpretation centers, artisan workshops and archive centres, we contribute to promote its authentic cultural experiences.
An ÉCONOMUSÉE® is first and foremost an enterprise that operates in the field of crafts or the agri-food sector and uses authentic know-how in the production of commodities.
An ÉCONOMUSÉE® showcases artisans and their trade. The concept allows artisans to open their workshops to the general public so they can share their knowledge and passion and sell products made on the premises.
An ÉCONOMUSÉE® allows enterprises to reach out to the general public, explain local culture and contribute significantly to the preservation of an intangible cultural heritage.
To become an ÉCONOMUSÉE®, an enterprise must be selected for the quality of its production and its authenticity.
"Mes Îles, Mon Pays" is a theatrical production with simultaneous translation through earphones for English visitors, depicting the history of the Islands. Don't miss this production if you wish to understand the history of the Îles de la Madeleine.
Show schedule: at 8:00 pm (duration: 2 hrs).
Up to 2 shows per week.
The Loft « La Meduse » is a large open space. It includes a bedroom with a queen bed, a futon in the living room (to accommodate 2 additional persons), a fully equiped kitchen, a large bathroom (with a washing and a dryer) and a cute dining room. The Loft is located in an ancient building, on the 2nd floor of La Verrerie La Meduse, a local blown glass studio and boutique. The Loft is a beautiful place to live the charm of the Magdalen Islands. It offers a beautiful view of the sea and the hills of Havre-aux -Maisons. It is 5 minutes away (by car) from the beach. 15 % discount at La Meduse glass boutique when you stay at the Loft. Treat yourself !
Come and demonstrate your constructor talents or let yourself be amazed by others people's creativity. They have four hours to create a craft that floats and can be propelled by wind or by oars! Fun and pleasure guaranteed.
3 presentations per day: 10:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm. The typical marine activity on the Islands is fishing, with its language, the boats, their instruments and rigging. It is the beautiful sea, sometimes rebel with
its mysteries; it is the wind with all its directions. Jean-Guy, retired fisherman since 2012, presents this sea life in his fisherman's shed. Three performances
per day from Monday to Saturday.
Huguette Joncas. The animal kingdom is the essence of my inspiration
Through movement, the sensitivity of its gaze...the textures,
I desire to create a bestiary with a human likeness
And, in this way, provoke the sensitivity and the unconscious of the observer...
At the age of seven, Huguette Joncas takes her first painting class. She pursues her studies in fine arts and obtains a Bachelor's degree in visual arts from Université Laval in 1973. In 1969, Huguette Joncas presents her first exhibit. She then begins to be interested in a new medium, screen painting, and opens her own studio/boutique on Saint-Jean street in Quebec city. This will lead her to developing her own clothing line.
In the 1980s, Huguette Joncas participates in several collective and individual exhibits. In 1983, she studies sculpture and art foundry, with the man who will become her life partner, the sculptor and smelter, Jean-Paul Garneau. In 1987, she holds her first sculpture exhibition. Since then, many organizations and foundations have commissioned her sculptures, notably the Protocole of the Government of Quebec and the Fondation de la faune du Québec. The art work of Huguette Joncas is exhibited in Quebec, Canada, France, the United States, Russia and many other countries of Europe and Asia.
In 2011, she creates two monumental sculptures in the context of the “Intégration des arts à l'architecture” (“Integration of art and architecture”) at the Gaspésie Bioparc in Bonaventure and at the Sea Museum of the Iles de la Madeleine. In 2014, she create a commemorative work of art in memory of those who have disappeared at sea installed at the Place des gens de mer (“Plaza of the people of the sea”) in Cap-aux-Meules.
The gallery also presents in exclusively the last works of the late Jean-Paul Garneau (sculptor-smelter)
The CLE provides resources and services for: people who need employment or last resort assistance; employers who have job openings and who have questions about the labour force and skills development. All CLEs have a reception area, a multiservice room, and financial assistance services.
The Agency encourages the development of Gaspésie - Îles-de-la-Madeleine business communities by directly assisting this region's businesses with their projects. We also help the organizations that support those businesses.
Spend a few hours or a few days in our amazing island playground and create memories that aren't simply photographic.
Feeling adventurous? Take a landscape photo tour with an award-winning photographer to discover your own vision of les Iles. From a half-day to a full week all-inclusive workshop, come chase the light. Small groups of six participants.
Have you fallen in love with our magnificent coastlines yet? Why not spend a bit of extra time on them with an on-location portrait session. Individual, couple or family portraits available in a variety of jaw-dropping locations. I can bring a white background if you insist.
I also offer studio portrait sessions. It can lend itself to more introspective and classic portraits. No white backgrounds but does include tea breaks and possibly sushi (modelling is exhausting)