The Îles de la Madeleine Archipelago is an exotic miniature paradise where the warmth and generosity of the inhabitants are legendary. It is also a treasure trove of tasty, locally produced foods. During the “flavours circuit” tour you meet with several local producers and discover the passion and love they have for their work.
Pied-de-Vent Cheese Factory is a small-scale cheese factory that uses raw milk to produce delicious Pied-de-Vent and Tomme des Demoiselles cheeses, the latter a semi-hard cow’s milk variety. 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 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. The lighthouse is the last built on the Islands and has changed little since its construction in 1928. During our stop here we are briefed on erosion which is a major subject 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 colours. The Acadian and French origins of many Islanders, as well as the New England influences, are reflected in the architecture of the homes. Several details typical of a traditional home here are 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.