Iles de la Madeleine

by Greg Blaney November. 24, 2018 725 views

Margaret and I traveled to the Province of Quebec, partly to visit our son in Montreal and partly to travel by ship to the Iles de la Madeleine (or the Magdalen Islands, if you prefer the English version). Les Iles de la Madeleine is an archipelago consisting of seven islands located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence roughly halfway between Prince Edward Island and the island of Newfoundland. All but one of the islands are joined by sand dunes that are very narrow in spots but apparently wide enough and solid enough to pave a highway from one island to another. The beaches are gorgeous, the land is windswept, the houses seem lonely and the people are friendly. Here are some photos of the boat ride and the destination.

The sunrises and sunsets were beautiful as we sailed northeast down the St. Lawrence River toward the Gulf. Sunrise (above photo) and sunset (next photo).

The sunrises and sunsets were beautiful as we sailed northeast down the St. Lawrence River toward the Gulf. Sunrise (above photo) and sunset (next photo).

Once on the islands we rented a car and drove around. The trees have mostly been logged away over the centuries leaving many of the homes exposed to the elements and seemingly lonely in their isolation (above and below).

Once on the islands we rented a car and drove around. The trees have mostly been logged away over the centuries leaving many of the homes exposed to the elements and seemingly lonely in their isolation (above and below).

As the tide ebbs it often leaves the beach rocks perched atop little pillars of sand, only to be destroyed by the next incoming tide.

As the tide ebbs it often leaves the beach rocks perched atop little pillars of sand, only to be destroyed by the next incoming tide.

This church sits exposed on Grosse-Ile, one of the predominantly English speaking islands.

This church sits exposed on Grosse-Ile, one of the predominantly English speaking islands.

During the autumn and winter, many fisherman pull their boats from the water and store them on land. It can make for a weird scene when viewed from a distance.

During the autumn and winter, many fisherman pull their boats from the water and store them on land. It can make for a weird scene when viewed from a distance.

A boat, a truck and a house. What more does a person need when living there?

A boat, a truck and a house. What more does a person need when living there?

There often seems to be stormy weather stirring in the middle of the Gulf.

There often seems to be stormy weather stirring in the middle of the Gulf.

The main road between islands – water on the left, water on the right!

The main road between islands – water on the left, water on the right!

Most buildings are immaculately kept. This one is an exception, but it made for an interesting photo.

Most buildings are immaculately kept. This one is an exception, but it made for an interesting photo.

A night shot of the harbour in Cap-aux-Meules, the island’s main developed area. Our ship on the right with the gangway enabled.

A night shot of the harbour in Cap-aux-Meules, the island’s main developed area. Our ship on the right with the gangway enabled.

The historic site of La Grave on the Ile-du-Havre-Aubert.

The historic site of La Grave on the Ile-du-Havre-Aubert.

Moonshells on the deck of an artisan's shop in La Grave.

Moonshells on the deck of an artisan's shop in La Grave.

When you live in as windy a place as the Magdalens, what other water sport would you expect to see?

When you live in as windy a place as the Magdalens, what other water sport would you expect to see?

The red cliffs are everywhere, typical of what you also see on Prince Edward Island. The red is caused by the iron in the soil oxidizing as it is exposed to the elements.

The red cliffs are everywhere, typical of what you also see on Prince Edward Island. The red is caused by the iron in the soil oxidizing as it is exposed to the elements.

Margaret walks along a beach on Havre-aux-Maisons.

Margaret walks along a beach on Havre-aux-Maisons.

We heard that the sunsets are gorgeous so had to see for ourselves.

We heard that the sunsets are gorgeous so had to see for ourselves.

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Bethany Plonski 2 years, 9 months ago

Wow, these are stunning! Hats off to you! I've only been to BC and Ontario so far, but I'm amazed at Canada's natural beauty. This area is one of the next on my wish list of places to visit. Amazing photos!

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Greg Blaney Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Bethany, I appreciate your comments. Yes, I would recommend les Iles de la Madeleine to anyone interested in a beautiful and unique place to visit - it's simply gorgeous there.

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Heike 2 years, 10 months ago

Greg, this photos are breathtaking! My goodness what a beautiful landscape. It's a bit like a mix between Norway and Ireland. I can't decide which photo is my favorite, they are all fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I'm sure I will return to this post again and again and again, to watch your marvelous photos! smile

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Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Heike - you're too kind. All one has to do on these islands is point a camera and press the shutter button. The dramatic skies and the dramatic landscapes/seascapes automatically produce fabulous images.

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