Visiting Magdalen Island, Canada
Things to do in Magdalen Island
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The Magdalen Island is a popular tourist destination that attracts thousands of people from different parts of the world with its breath-taking views and landscape, natural beauty, fun activities especially winter sports, golden beaches, cycling paths, reservation parks, several local festivals, and hospitable people.
Magdalen Island lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the Eastern Quebec Province of Canada. Because of its location, this group of island offers the best golden-colored beaches, pleasant countryside, and natural beauty which attract thousands of tourists every year.
The good thing about the island is that visitors can enjoy fun activities from all year round—regardless if it is winter, summer, fall, and spring. And because the province has preserved its natural beauty, most of the activities here involve enjoying the scenic and breath-taking views of the place.
Traveler’s Guide During Summer and Spring
During summer and spring, the best activities for tourists are windsurfing, whale watching, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, scuba diving, and island hopping.
To see the area’s natural beauty, the best place to visit is the East Point National Wildlife Reserve which is the home of the island’s rich flora and fauna—all of which have been well-preserved by the locals.
Meanwhile, the island also has a biking route especially designed to allow visitors see the breath-taking views and landscape. However, the three best routes run along the cliffs of Fatima, Cap-aux-Meules, and Étang-du-Nord.
Other cycling paths are : Les Sentiers de l’Anse de l’Étang-du Nord, La Piste cyclable et pédestre de la Belle-Anse, Le Sentier du littoral, Le Pédalier, and Le Grand large.
On the other hand, for those who want to enjoy water-sports activities, the best months to visit the place are during August, September, and October.
Fall Season: The Best Time for Bird Watching
During fall season, migratory birds can be seen around the ponds and marshes which means that bird watching should not be missed by anyone visiting the island. Meanwhile, these are the best bird watching spots in the area: La Martinique, La Martinique beach, East Point National Wildlife Reserve, Parc des Buck, and Bird Rock.
Aside from bird watching, tourists can also enjoy some local festivals which are held during fall season in the island including the Festival International Contes en Îles (storytelling festival) and the Grande Traversée des Îles.
Winter Season and Fun Activities to Do
Just like any tourist destination in Canada, Magdalen Island also offers several winter sports activities including dog sledding, ice skating, snowboarding, skiing, and snowmobiling. Furthermore, the island has several mountains, hills, and slopes which are perfect for winter sports enthusiasts and even for those beginners.