Iles de la Madeleine

The striking thing for me about Iles de la Madeleine is its richness of color.

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Red cliffs are topped by green grass against a blue sea. Sandstone rocks jut out on the beaches. A red, white and blue Acadian flag flaps in the breeze.

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Equally as colorful are the people. It’s clear that this is an island of fishermen, who made their living from the bountiful sea.

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But the sea was not always kind. You can visit the home of a fisherman who nearly drowned during a shipwreck. He abandoned his profession to create a miniature village that interprets traditional life in Iles de la Madeleine and also an exhibit that tells his own harrowing story. Rarely do tourists get first-hand accounts of such stories.

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I enjoyed my visit to La Grave Historical Site, a charming village situated on a spit of sand, with restaurants (where I enjoyed a delicious seafood platter) and boutiques that don’t feel touristy. Iles de la Madeleine certainly has a feeling of authenticity — combined with charm and vivid, unforgettable, color.

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Iles de la Madeleine is an Avid Cruiser Recommended Destination on Saint Lawrence Cruise Itineraries.

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