Let yourself be charmed by the beauty of the Îles de la Madeleine! Its long beaches along its carved cliffs, its everfresh seefood and the more than warm welcome of its inhabitants will surely delight you. Hope to see you soon!
Grosse-Île is linked to the Île de Grande-Entrée by the East Point National Wildlife Reserve. The Île Brion and the Bird Rock are two uninhabited islands located off Grosse-Île that are possible to visit by boat excursions when the time is clement. Since the archipelago stands on immense salt domes, the Mines Seleine started to exploit this ore in 1983 at the Rocher-du-Dauphin on the sand dune that links Grosse-Île and Pointe-aux-Loups. You can’t visit the mine, but there is an interpretation center “Les Portes de l’est” that presents an interesting exhibition on the fascinating world of salt. Keep on going towards Grande-Entrée and you will arrive at the Grande Échouerie beach at the end of which you can see seals playing in the water. This serviced beach can welcome all the family and is supervised by a lifeguard.
Bird Rock Sanctuary
This high rocky islet is located 32-km northeast of Grosse-Île. Access to this rock is difficult and it serves as a refuge for colonies of aquatic birds such as petrels, northern gannets, razorbills, murres and gulls. It is possible to make boat excursions to this refuge which is one of the most important ornithology sites in the gulf of St-Lawrence.
East Point National Wildlife Reserve
This National Wildlife Area, located in the region of Grosse-Île, is a vestige of the sole ecosystem of its kind in Québec. Its 684-hectare site brings together in whole or in part the typical elements of the archipelago's landscape. For many shorebirds and ducks, the reserve represents an essential stopping point in their yearly migrations. The Pointe-de-l’Est habitat is protected because the piping plover and the horned grebe, which are on the list of endangered species, are present during the breeding period. If you want to explore the Reserve by yourself or with a guide, two nature interpretation trails are available: Les Marais Salés and L'Échouerie. Access to the Reserve is free.