The Îles de la Madeleine have been an established port of call since the 80s. Cruise ships have been coming into Cap-aux-Meules regularly over the last ten years. 2003 was a banner year that saw several cruise ships coming into port, including the Levant, the Polar Star and the Holland America Line's Prinsendam. In 2004, the Europa joined the list of cruise ships that have visited the Islands.

Sitting out in the centre of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Magdalen Islands on the Canada-New England shipping lane. This includes ports in Atlantic Canada (Halifax in Nova Scotia, Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island, St. John's in Newfoundland and Saint John in New Brunswick) and ports along the Saint Lawrence River (including Québec and Montréal) as well as the north-eastern part of the United States and the Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon archipelago.

The cruise market was developed in the archipelago with the aid and collaboration of several stakeholders. Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine, the Chambre de Commerce des Îles, the Municipality of the Îles de la Madeleine, Transport Canada, Développement Tourisme Conseils and the Groupe C.T.M.A. formed a partnership to help develop and promote the destination as a port of call and improve passenger services and amenities. As a member of the Association des croisières du Saint-Laurent, and Québec Maritime, Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine works closely with a number of different ports in Atlantic Canada.

Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Escale Îles de la Madeleine
735, chemin Principal, bureau 204
Cap-aux-Meules (Québec) G4T 1G8
Tel : 418 986-2225 #226
Fax : 418 986-4874

Denis Bourque
Executive director

Nadine Leblanc
Executive Assistant
Email : 

Cruise the Saint-Lawrence
84, rue St-Germain Est, bureau 206
Rimouski (Québec) CANADA G5L 1A6
Telephone : 418 725-0135
Fax : 418 724-7238

Lisanne Ross
Communications coordinator

This document contains all the information you need to make a success of your stopover in the Îles de la Madeleine. The island chain known as the Îles de la Madeleine is strategically located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, right on the main routes used by cruise ships operating between Canada and New England and making stops at ports in Atlantic Canada [Halifax (N.S.), Charlottetown (P.E.I.), St. John's (Nfld) and Saint John (N.B.)], along the Saint Lawrence River [Quebec and Montreal], in the north-eastern states and in the islands of St- Pierre et Miquelon.

Brochure - Cruises
(3.77 Mo)

Marine references

Latitude 470 30' N
Longitude 610 52' W
Charts: # 4951 and 4956
Tidal movement: 2.2 m

Physical characteristics of the port

Berth des pétroliers
Length: 140.5 m
Depth: 8.0 m
Apron: 11.2 m

Berth Commercial 1
Length: 82.0 m
Depth: 5.5 m
Apron: 36 m

Berth Commercial 2
Length: 36 m
Depth: 4.0 m
Apron: 36 m


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Useful Addresses

Tourist Information

Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine
128, chemin principal
Cap-aux-Meules (Québec)
G4T 1C5
Telephone: 418-986-2245
Website :

Port Authority

Transport Canada
264, chemin du quai
Cap-aux-Meules (Québec)
G4T 1J4
Telephone: 418-986-3785


Canada Border Services Agency (local office)
235, chemin principal
Cap-aux-Meules (Québec)
G4T 1R7
Telephone: 418-986-3480

Travel Professionals

Intercruises Canada Inc.
Damien Déraspe
Email :
Phone : 418 937-8697

Shipping Agency

Groupe C.T.M.A.
313, chemin du Quai
Cap-aux-Meules (Québec)
G4T 1J4
Telephone: 418-986-6600

Chamber of Commerce

Chambre de commerce des Îles
735, chemin principal, suite 103
Cap-aux-Meules (Québec)
G4T 1G8
Telephone: 418-986-4111

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