A Taste of Îles de la Madeleine
On this 'flavors-circuit' tour we meet several local food producers and discover – and taste! – the love and passion they have for their work.
Taste locally produced foods
See the Cap Alright Lighthouse
Learn from knowledgeable local guides
Enjoy free time to explore a beautiful beach
Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed
Approx. 3 hours, 30 minutes
Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
The Îles de la Madeleine archipelago is an exotic, miniature paradise where the warmth and generosity of its inhabitants are legendary. It is also a treasure trove of tasty, locally produced foods. During the 'flavors-circuit' tour you meet with several local producers and discover the passion and love they have for their work.
We visit Pied-de-Vent Cheese Factory, a small-scale cheese factory that uses raw milk to produce delicious Pied-de-Vent and Tomme des Demoiselles cheeses, semi-hard cow’s milk cheeses. You also get to taste their different products and visit their museum.
The smoked herring museum, Fumoir d’Antan, is a typical smokehouse that breathes life into this last vestige of a once-vital industry in the islands. The smokehouse has been used for three generations to smoke herring, mackerel, salmon, and scallops. Our visit here ends with a tasting of their smoked herring products.
Cap Alright Lighthouse offers spectacular views over vast Plaisance Bay and the outline of Entry Island in the distance. This lighthouse is the last one built on the Islands, and has changed little since its construction in 1928. During our stop here we are briefed on the subject of erosion – a major concern with islanders.
Chemin Pointe-Basse is a road peppered with many examples of traditional local architecture, including simple houses and barns painted in various bright colors. The Acadian and French origins of many islanders – as well as the New England influences – are reflected in the architecture of the homes found here. Several details typical of a traditional home here include small enclosed porches, corbels, verandas, and painted or stained cedar shingles.
We also make a 30-minute stop at Dune-du-Sud roadside rest area, which provides access to a beautiful beach with red cliffs and caves to explore.