A bus takes you to the north end of Magdalene Island, called the Grand-Entree. Experience impossibly beautiful scenery, various hues of green and blue water, golden-sand beaches, ever-changing sand dunes, and emerald hills contrasting with red cliffs. The guide shares the history of the Islands and the Acadians who colonized the archipelago. At the village of Grosse-Île, a settlement of 500 Irish descendants, you visit a salt mine that the guide explains.
After Grosse-Île, we proceed to East Point National Wildlife Reserve, where half the group is dropped off for a 90-minute hike of about 2 miles. Discover East Point's unique ecosystem of forests, and fixed and mobile dunes. Depending on the season, you can taste some of the reserve's plants and berries. Marvel at vast Old Harry Beach, a former gathering place for walrus. This is an unforgettable hike through great natural beauty and sheds light on the fragility of the Magdalen Islands.
The other half of the group continues to the wharf at Grande-Entrée, the largest lobster-fishing pier in Québec. Here we encounter fishermen and learn about daily life connected to the sea: the region's history, the boats, the lobster traps, and the importance of conservation. Great stories are told here!
We then have lunch at the La Salicorne Inn.
In the afternoon each group switches activities.