GETTING TO THE ISLANDS
The Magdalen Islands are located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, or more precisely: 215 km from the Gaspé Peninsula, 105 km from Prince Edward Island and 95 km from Cape Breton Island.
There are several flights arriving daily to the Îles-de-la Madeleine Airport (YGR) from Montreal, Quebec City, and Gaspé. Flight times vary from one to four hours, depending upon the departure city and the number of en-route stops. During the summer months, there are direct flights from Montreal, with a flight time of two hours and twenty minutes.
Pascan Aviation also connects the Islands with mainland Quebec.
The Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport is located in Havres-aux-Maisons. The central island of Cap-aux-Meules is located several kilometres away from the airport, so without a car or arranged pickup, a taxi may be required.
To access to the Magdalen Islands by car, there is a year-round ferry service from Souris, Prince Edward Island. The ferry trip is approximately five hours. For information on the rates and schedules, please consult the CTMA website.
There is the option to arrive to the islands by cruise. The ship leaves Montreal, stopping in Quebec City, Tadoussac, Chandler and finally, the Islands. Please consult CTMA for more information.
A bus service runs from Quebec City to the Islands every Friday evening. There are also on demand stops in Rivière de Loup, Edmunston, Fredericton, Moncton, and Charlottetown. There are departures from Montreal, but via Orleans Express to the connection in Quebec City.
For more information: http://www.autobuslessillons.conilnolises.htm
GETTING TO GROSSE ILE
Once you have arrived on the Magdalen Islands, venture east on route 199 for approximately 52 km from Cap-aux-Meules. This leisurely drive will allow you to gaze at stretches of rolling dunes, white sand beaches, and blue water. Once you have past the little community of Pointe-aux Loup you are almost there. In the horizon you will begin to see the Mines Seleine (salt mine), which is located at the entrance of the quaint village of Grosse Ile.