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Highlights
  • Mix of activities each day
  • Adventure starts with a ferry trip from Prince Edward Island across the warm Gulf waters

You will explore a new island each day, using a mix of activities. As well as the familiar cycling and walking, you will have opportunities to surf on the waves in your kayak, and to harness the wind for an exciting ride on the sand in a tiny, kite-propelled buggy! There are so many to choose from, you can also mix activities based on your whims if you prefer not to follow the plan.

Trip Description

This is a fascinating active holiday with pleasure and thrills in the magical Îles de la Madeleine. Connected by long, thin, sand dunes to form a crescent in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this archipelago is a summer paradise for activity, shrouded in the mystery that comes only with the isolation these islands enjoy.

You will explore a new island each day, using a mix of activities. As well as the familiar cycling and walking, you will have opportunities to surf on the waves in your kayak, and to harness the wind for an exciting ride on the sand in a tiny, kite-propelled buggy! There are so many to choose from, you can also mix activities based on your whims if you prefer not to follow the plan.

The adventure starts with a ferry trip from Prince Edward Island across the warm Gulf waters, in time for a wonderful introduction to the fabulous French cuisine. Your guided exploration will commence the following morning, and your days will give you an appetite for the fabulous cuisine you’ll enjoy each evening. The landscape here is wild and fragile. The people, mainly of Acadian descent, mixed with shipwreck survivors who never left, have a strong heritage: French is the first language of the majority of the Madelinots, with an Anglophone minority population, and fishing is still their predominant way of life. Honest, hardworking, and friendly, they welcome visitors to share the special pleasure of their uniquely isolated, very Acadian lifestyle. Superb food, good humour, unusual thrills, and some of the longest and nicest beaches you'll ever see, are the highlights. Come and discover the magic.

To learn more about the culture and heritage of the Magdalen Islands watch Legends of Magdalen, a documentary about the shipwrecks, myths, and legends surrounding the islands.

Trip history

Freewheeling directors Cathy and Philip are involved with a bicycle advocacy board, whose mission leads it to follow the excellent example made by Quebec’s bicycle network - la Route Verte. Studying la Route Verte led to the discovery of some wonderful routes, perfectly suited to Freewheeling’s week-long holidays. Some of our past guides came from Quebec and helped us discover the little things that make a trip outstanding. We now frequently travel to Quebec for biking and skiing, and having become familiar with some fine inns and cuisine in rural Quebec, have developed five unique itineraries in superbly scenic and fascinating regions.

 
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Freewheeling Adventure is a travel operator designed for cyclists. Some Freewheeling Adventures are designed for expert cyclists and include long distances, steep terrain, and daily challenges.

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I didn't go for a guided tour, but believe me I will. Some quick-response emails told me everything I needed to pick and customize the right bike to rent for some touring around Nova Scotia. I love their large stall of Trek FX 7.4 and 7.5 in prime shape; they take the Cabot trail hills without any problems. People who see their water bottle when you're touring often say - "Oh, everyone says these guys are great". Equipment plays a large part in successful touring, so I can confidently say that having tested that part (to the max), they will definitely be my first choice for guided touring!
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Itinerary

Day 1:

 

Accommodation: Auberge Chez Denis à François or Havre Sur Mer, Havre Aubert

Transfer from Charlottetown before noon, or meet in Souris at 13:00 for the 14:00 ferry to Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine. After dinner, visit the Café de La Grave, where the locals gather in the evening for music and laughter.

Auberge Chez Denis à François or Havre Sur Mer, Havre Aubert

Day 2: 30km/19 miles bike ride or 15km/10 miles walk, and an afternoon of kayaking

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Auberge Chez Denis à François or Havre Sur Mer, Havre Aubert

Morning ride or walk around the roads of the southernmost island, Île du Havre Aubert. The natural harbour at Havre Aubert is surrounded by round hills called "Les Demoiselles". The nearby historical site of La Grave is a fascinating highlight to a morning on quiet rolling roads, grassy seaside meadows, and sandy beaches. In the afternoon explore gorgeously red sandstone cliffs and calm lagoons by kayak. Reward yourself with a drink and pastry at a café before choosing from exquisite restaurants for dinner. BL Same lodging

Day 3: 5km/3 miles hilly walk and island exploration, with optional alternatives

Meals: Breakfast

Cross to Anglophone Île d’Entrée by small boat, for exploration on foot of this hilly, emerald island. The unobstructed view from the pinnacle of the island is the finest. If you prefer, you can have a day to yourself, to play nine holes of golf, go horseback riding, go snorkelling with seals, or try swimming through sea-caves. BD Same lodging as last night or tomorrow night

Day 4: 35km/22 miles bike ride and kite buggying

Meals: Breakfast

 

Accommodation: Domaine du Vieux Couvent

Ride northward to Île du Cap aux Meules with a stop in L’Étang-du-Nord for a picnic at the scenic lookoff at Cap du Phare – Lighthouse Cape. After lunch, get ready for an exciting afternoon of kite-surfing or kite-buggying. This new and increasingly popular sport will leave you wanting more, and the Magdalen Islands are the perfect spot to try it out. Kite buggies can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what level of experience, after an introduction to power kiting. Some may choose a tandem experience with an instructor. Kite surfing demands more time, strength, or familiarity. We provide the introduction, and if you are a quick learner, the start to kite buggying. It’s addictive. You will probably want more, and will have the opportunity tomorrow or the next day to have it! Tonight’s dinner options are amongst the finest of Atlantic Canada, and there are nightlife options for those so inclined. BL Domaine du Vieux Couvent, Havre aux Maisons

Day 5: 40km/25 miles to 100km/60 miles ride and 15km/10 miles walk

Meals: Breakfast

Cyclists will ride north along the beach and dunes to Ile aux Loups, Grosse Ile, and the Point de l'Est bird sanctuary. You will have a French picnic lunch in an idyllic meadow with a panoramic view, on the northernmost populated island of the archipelago. Walkers will transfer to the Point de l’Est bird sanctuary, and will spend the day walking the perimeter of the sanctuary on wide, gorgeous sand beaches, with forays into the interior to look for birds among the woods and barachois. BL Same lodging

Day 6: Extra day for options!

Meals: Breakfast

As you will have realized by now, this is a place to linger and savour. We include an extra day with limited structure for you to pursue whatever options make you happiest. Many want more kite buggying. Some want more cycling or beach time. Others want to re-visit their favourite café, to play in the waves and bask at the beach, or walking on the cliffs. Your inn is in a central location, within reach of most islands by bike or van. You choose; we facilitate! This can be the most enjoyable day of your holiday, and we look forward to helping make it satisfying for you. If you prefer, leave the choice to us and we will surprise you with a carefully considered combination of activities guaranteed to leave you pleasantly tired and ready for a final dinner on Les Iles. BD Same lodging

Day 7: Farewell

Meals: Breakfast

Early morning ferry back to PEI. After lunch on board, you will arrive in Souris by 14:00, and will commence the 45-minute drive to Charlottetown right away. Finish in Charlottetown by about 15:00.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,985

Price Per Day:

$ 284 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 655

Guided Cost:    

US 2385; C 2995 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, ferries, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps and route notes, sea kayaking, kite buggy introduction)

Self-guided Cost:            

US 1985; C 2495 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, ferries, sea kayaking, kite buggy introduction, luggage transfers, maps and route notes)

Single Occupancy:          

US 545; C 685

Bicycle Rental:

Hybrid: US 115 C 145; Racing: US 210 C 265; Full Carbon Racing: US 315 C 395; Electric-assist: US 315 C 395

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

5% sales tax applies. 50% tax refund for non-Canadians.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • 6 nights accomodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Ferries, luggage handling, van and guide support
  • Maps and route notes
  • Kite buggy introduction
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Bike & helmet rental
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Independent
Start City
Charlottetown
End City
Charlottetown

Trip ID#: QueMagFre

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