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ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE TRAVEL GUIDE
LANGUAGESOfficially French and English
WHAT TO EATEverything that is fresh and from the sea (lobster, scallops, herring, mussels, crab and mackerel), local products like artisanal cheeses and island-made chutneys, pot-en-pot (seafood pot pie), salted meat stew, and croxignoles (braided fritters).
WHAT TO BRING BACKA bottle of bagosse (the legendary, locally-brewed fortified wine), island-made sauces and spice mixes from Gourmande de Nature, organic soaps from La Fille de la Mer and crafts from the many art boutiques and galleries.
FUN FACTThe archipelago was originally named Menagoesenog by the First Nations Micmac people who came here to fish and hunt. The name can be translated to “islands swept by the surf.” While explorer Jacques Cartier jotted the location down as the Araynes islands in his journal, it’s the first lord of the islands, François Doublet de Honfleur, who named the archipelago in honour of his wife Madeleine in 1663. The islands are mainly populated by the descendants of Acadian refugees (who were removed from the Maritimes by the British) and shipwreck survivors.
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page.
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