Getting to the Islands

Please note that this information is regularly updated as per the current government guidelines.

Since guidelines and directives in response to COVID-19 can change quickly as the situation evolves, we strongly recommend that you follow the directives given by public health authorities and we invite you to regularly check with official sources for the most up-to-date information before planning or undertaking any travels.

Getting to the Îles de la Madeleine by Ferry

Please note that, all passengers must have a reservation to get on board (including pedestrians and cyclists). For more information, please contact Ferry CTMA or visit their website

You must have the document below to cross New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island's borders :

  • A completed Mandatory Self-Declaration form from the Government of Québec (in both English AND French). *Note that you can use one form per family living at the same address;
  • Your CTMA ferry reservation (return trip);
  • A proof of lodging in a tourist or family type of accommodation (e.g. a letter or email including your name and the address of where you will stay on the Islands);
  • Provide your registration number when you arrive in New Brunswick. Each traveller over 18 years old must provide a registration number; and
  • Bring an official ID (driving licence, passport, health insurance card, etc.).

To register for New Brunswick: you can do it online or if you do not have access to internet, by phone at 1-833-948-2800. Please note that you must register every time you enter New Brunswick (on your way to the Islands and on your way back home). 

For Prince Edward Island, no registration is required at this time.


Tips for the drive

Given how fast decisions and instructions can evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic, please check for updates BEFORE hitting the road.

  • A few days before your departure, sign up to receive CTMA's notifications regarding possible changes to the ferry schedule.
  • Prepare all you need for the road (i.e. water, snacks and meals).
  • Don't forget to adjust your watch when entering New Brunswick by adding an extra hour (as the Atlantic Time Zone begins there).
  • If you cannot drive all the way to Souris in one go, we recommend booking an accommodation before entering New Brunswick in one of the following regions: Dégelis or Pointe-à-la-Croix. Sleeping in either region will reduce night time driving.
    • 720 km between Dégelis (QC) and Souris (PEI)
    • 520 km between Pointe-à-la-Croix (QC) and Souris (PEI)
  • Plan for possible delays at both checkpoints.
  • In New Brunswick, stop only for gas. If you do need to enter somewhere, wear a mask.
  • In Prince Edward Island, go straight to the Ferry Terminal in Souris with limited stops. Once again, wear a mask if you do need to fuel up your vehicle. It is recommended that you pay at the pump.


Accessing the Îles de la Madeleine by Plane

No pre-travel authorization is required to travel to the Îles de la Madeleine by plane. 


Getting to Îles de la Madeleine

All means are good for access "Les Îles". Here you will find all the necessary information for planning your trip to the archipelago.

Whether you arrive by plane or boat, remember that there are different ways to get around at destination, refer to the section Discover the Islands and specifically subsection Moving around for more information.

You live outside of Canada?

Many travel professionals are promoting the Îles de la Madeleine outside Canada. To find a travel agent near you, please consult the list made up by Le Québec maritime!