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Travel
To get there, we boarded
CTMA Vacancier
in Montreal. Weekly, between mid-June
and late September, the ferry carries up
to 450 passengers, 250 cars and 30 large
vehicles to and from the fishhook-shaped
archipelago. As we began our 1,190-kilo-
metre cruise along the St. Lawrence River,
passengers relaxed on deck chairs and
lined railings to photograph La Ronde
amusement park and Jacques Cartier
Bridge.
You have to reserve early to get exte-
rior cabins with double beds and private
washrooms on
CTMA Vacancier
. Don’t
expect large cabins, balconies, mini-bars,
in-cabin TVs and phones, formal nights, a
casino or a spa. The ship has an exercise
room with fitness equipment, a children’s
playroom and massage services. Although
it lacks in luxury accommodations,
CTMA
Vacancier
more than exceeds expectations
for cuisine and ambiance.
What are
croxignoles,
bagosse, sea wolves,
L’Ariel, Pied-de-Vent
and
Vieux Couvent?
We didn’t know these
regional Quebec foods
and drinks either, until
we immersed ourselves
in the culture and
cuisine of
Les Îles de la
Madeleine
.
Les Iles de la
Madeleine
Missouri River
Mississippi
River
Saskatchewan
River
Nelson
River
e River
ackenzie River
Victoria
Island
QUEEN ELIZABETH
ISLANDS
Ellesmere
Island
Baffin
Island
Banks
Island
Island of
Newfoundland
St. Pierre and
Miquelon (FRANCE)
Trans- Canada
Highway
ALBERTA
HWEST TERRITORIES
NUNAVUT TERRITORIES
SASKATCHEWAN
MANITOBA
ONTARIO
QUEBEC
NEWFOUNDLAND
& LABRADOR
P.E.I.
NOVA
SCOTIA
NEW
BRUNSWICK
U.S.A.
Greenland
(DENMARK)
N I T E D S T A T E S
C A N A D A
Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the 12
Îles de la Madeleine
(also called the Magdalen
Islands)
are 95 kilometres northwest of Cape
Breton Island and 105 kilometres north of
Prince Edward Island. It takes less than one
hour to drive Route 199 from the bottom
to the top of six of the islands, which are
linked together by skinny fingers of sand.
The 12,975 Madelinots or inhabitants (95%
French-speaking and 5% English-speaking)
live primarily on fishing and tourism.
Madeleine
A taste of
Les Îles de la
Themed cruises