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06-09-2013 09:07 AM
Re: Magdalen Islands, Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC

We too are planning a trip to the Magdalen Isles this summer. Leaving Bridgewater NS mid Jul and spending 2 weeks in Cape Breton for 'Race the Cape'. Then 10 days in PEI before heading to the Isles. The return trip will take us along the west coast of Cape Breton and then back home. May see you on the water.

Bayfield 29
01-19-2012 11:23 PM
Gimme A Dream I think Cap-aux-Meules (Grindstone) is the only place where you can rent moped's. CAA is probably the best place since it is fairly close to the harbour, but there are probably other places too.

Entry Island is a good walking area. It has gravel roads and little traffic. There is a restaurant/cafe, a little museum (English), lighthouse, Big Hill (tallest on the islands), etc.

La Grave and La Cote (Havre-Aubert and Etang-du-Nord harbours) have a lot of little shops that are great for looking into the Acadian culture. Site d'autre fois is interesting with a miniature village and life size structures depicting what life was like in the past. It is always good to know how things evolved.

La Salicorne (Grande-Entree) gives walking/kayaking/biking tours plus other interesting activities.

Mines Seleine gives tours now too and has it's own eco-museum. It gives ideas on how the islands came into existence as well as the mining of salt. The Hydro power plant also gives tours explaining the history of power to the islands and the process of getting the power to where it is needed here on the islands. There is a little fishing museum in Grindstone also..., off hand I can't remember the name of it.

There are a couple of self-guided tours of the East Point Wildlife Reserve which end up on the big beach. And there is Brion Island Ecological Reserve but you need a guide to go into the provincial side of the reserve. Still the Canada side is a good days worth of walking, lol.
01-19-2012 10:40 PM
Edjoe Thanks for the info....I am taking notes. Have sent for all the info that the province provides and have downloaded some maps. Next time in Halifax will pick up the charts.
We mostly just like to walk around but the moped thing looks interesting, we may rent a couple of those if we want to go inland.
01-16-2012 08:46 PM
Gimme A Dream There are several harbours in which your can tie up. La Grave at Amherst (Havre Aubert), Grindstone Harbour (Cap-aux-Meules), Etang-du Nord harbour, Grand Entry Harbour (Grande-Entree). Grosse Ile and Entry Island harbours are English speaking communities. There are restaurants near all of the harbours, except perhaps Grosse Ile.

I don't know if any of the harbours having showers but there should be toilets on each of them. The tourist guide should say....

Old Harry Beach has a beach house with paid showers and toilets. But Old Harry is on the northern most inhabited island relatively close to Grand Entry Harbour.

There are seven inhabited islands and twelve islands all together. Will you have a means of island travel?

The travel guide http://www.tourismeilesdelamadeleine...g-696-home.cfm
01-13-2012 02:50 PM
Brudenell With a maximum draw of 5' you will be able to tie up alongside the permanent wharf, space permitting, giving you access to power and water. In the map image below the Marina is near the bottom in "Site Historique La Grave".

01-13-2012 02:04 PM
Edjoe Wow...thanks for all the info and addresses, I will certainly order the brochures and maps.
After reading your post, I can hardly wait for summer to arrive.
01-13-2012 02:01 PM
Edjoe Thanks again for the info. My boat only draws 18" with the boards up and 5' with them down, so I don't need a lot of water to anchor. Appreciate the info, thanks again.
01-13-2012 10:44 AM
Brudenell Hello from Prince Edward Island... and a part time resident of Havre-Aubert, Îles de la Madeleine, Québec. I am a former deep sea navigator (Arctic Canada, Greenland, Europe etc.) and power boat (former lobster boats) operator on PEI and in the Magdalen Islands. Havre-Aubert does have a fine, small marina with all the facilities you will need to access. I have been a member. It is located in a charming and very popular touristy community called "La Grave" which is well endowed with numerous shops, restaurants and cafés. The commercial & administrative centre of the archipelago, Cap-aux-Meules is on the next island, connected by a highway across a series of dunes about a 20 minute drive by car. The entire series of islands highway system is 82 km long however there are numerous other scenic & community roads well worth driving. It would take weeks to tour all the roads. Moped, bicycle and car rentals are available on the islands. Reservations for cars and mopeds should be made very early as there is extremely strong demand in July and August.

You should be able to anchor off the marina with out any challenges.

Here is the marina contact info:

Club Nautique Les Plaisanciers du Havre
c/o Réal Boudreau
984, Route 199
Havre-Aubert QC
G4T 9C7

Réal should be able to provide you the latest information on depths, moorings etc. There is an expansion of the marina in the works. Communication during the winter may be challenging as many residents travel during this period.

I strongly recommend ordering a copy of the excellent little visitor's guide for the Magdalen Islands (available in English & French):

In pdf and hard copy ( I recommend ordering a hard copy plus the maps): Order our Brochures - Magdalen Islands for vacation and tourism in the Gulf of the St-Lawrence in Quebec, Canada

Should you have general questions about visiting the islands I recommend contacting the local Visitor Information Centre:

Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine
128, chemin Principal (corner Chemin du Débarcadère)
Quebec, Canada
G4T 1C5

Phone : 418 986 2245
Toll Free : 1 877 624-4437
Fax : 418 986-2327
Email :

The marina has a passionate & friendly membership and are very welcoming to visitors from away.

Caution... you will absolutely fall in love with this place
01-12-2012 11:25 PM
killarney_sailor I am trying to remember whether you can anchor at Havre Aubert. There were about five cruising boats there and all were tied up to the very substantial dock in front of the Club Nautique. There was a reasonably large bay next to the dock but I seem to remember that it was quite shallow. You could ask the locals about the actual depths since the chart was not very detailed.

It is lovely spot to visit, enjoy.
01-12-2012 11:15 PM
Magdalen Islands

Thanks for the response. We would spend at least a week visiting and you are right, we would not require accommodations as we like to anchor, but we would like to find a place to tie up once in a while to go out for dinner, have a shower, do some laundry and restock some groceries and water. We would visit both islands if at all possible.
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