The Iles de la Madeleine or Magdalen Islands are a tiny group located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. They are nearest to the province of Prince Edward Island but are part of Quebec. These are not to be confused with the the French Islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon that are located nearest to the Province of Newfoundland.
The Iles de la Madeleine are populated with around 12,000 people who are largely descendants of early French colonists, traders and ship wreck survivors. The language of majority is French, but English is spoken. As a destination this is one of Canada’s surprising little gems that has yet to be visited by many tourists. The Islands have a strong artisan community and a fabulous food culture with seafood, locally made craft beers, cheese,wine and French style breads and pastries.
This tour is quite unique. It starts out of Toronto and travels by land through Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, returning by a different route so that the tour actually becomes a nice visit of four eastern provinces of Canada.
Day 1 Toronto to Cornwall, ON
Join us as we travel eastward to Kingston where we enjoy a guided tour of Kingston. We include a welcome dinner in downtown Kingston before we continue to our overnight stay in Cornwall. (D)
Day 2 Quebec City, QC
Bypassing Montreal, we follow the north shore of the St. Lawrence River enroute to Quebec City for a tour of the only walled city in North America. Balance of afternoon and evening free. (B)
Day 3 Bathurst, NB
Today we leave the Province of Quebec and enter New Brunswick, stopping along the way to visit the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site. Our overnight stop is at Bathurst. (B)
Day 4 Charlottetown, PE
This morning we find ourselves at Cape Tormentine and we journey to Prince Edward Island via the famous “fixed link” bridge. Continue to Charlottetown for our overnight stay. This afternoon we visit Green Gables Heritage Place, where author Lucy Maud Montgomery drew her inspiration from. Continue to North Rustico for our included Lobster Dinner. (B,D)
Day 5 Charlottetown, PE
Following breakfast, we begin with a tour of Historic Charlottetown before we tour Prince Edward Island with its’ quaint fishing villages, Cavendish, and the home of Anne of Green Gables. Mid afternoon we return to Charlottetown. Balance of afternoon and evening on your own. (B)
Day 6 Iles de la Madeleine, QC
A casual morning before we continue to Souris, P.E.I., where we will board the afternoon ferry to the Magdalen Islands. The crossing will take approximately 5 hours. Comprised of about twelve islands, Iles de la Madeleine is located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but is actually only 100 km in total length. The ferry will arrive into Cap-aux-Meules and here you will discover a beautiful Maritime setting of small villages, miles of amazing beaches and very friendly people that trace their roots to Acadian origins. We check into our hotel for a three-night stay. (B)
Day 7 Iles de la Madeleine, QC
Today we have arranged a guided tour to the western islands of Ile du Cap aux Meules and Ile du Havre-Aubert. This will help orient you to all of the restaurants and shops that are within an easy walk of the Ship’s dock and provide a unique firsthand look at the culture of Iles de la Madeleine. Lunch is included as part of the day tour. (B,L)
Day 8 Iles de la Madeleine, QC
Our scheduled day tour today will take us to the eastern islands, passing many impressive Sand Dunes along the way. We will tour a smokehouse, cheese factory, see beautiful Havre-aux-Maisons and visit the Grande-Entrée harbour. Be sure to have your camera ready as we will view some dramatic Sand Stone cliffs that make for terrific pictures. (B,L)
Day 9 Moncton, NB
This morning the ferry leaves at 8:00 a.m. and we sail across the Gulf of St. Lawrence to P.E.I. Then we see more of the beautiful P.E.I. countryside as we make our way back to the Confederation Bridge. Tonight we are in charming Moncton, New Brunswick. (B)
Day 10 Edmundston, NB
An ever-changing scenery today, as we leave the Forested regions around Moncton, pass through the rural farmlands of the Woodstock area, follow the Saint John river for a distance and pass a number of “kissing bridges” including the famous Hartland Covered Bridge, the world’s longest. Enroute, we will take time to visit Kings Landing Historical Settlement, a chance to view early Maritime lifestyles. (B)
Day 11 Montreal, QC
A relaxing morning stroll through the Railroad Interpretation Centre, before we board the motor coach and make our way along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, to Montreal for our final night together. Tonight, a farewell dinner together. (B,D)
Day 12 Toronto
Our final day together with our new friends from the tour. Share some stories and exchange addresses, before we get back to Ontario and bid you farewell.(B)
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