Cap-aux-Meules, Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada
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Today you'll experience the culinary delights of both Havre-aux-Maisons Island and Cap-aux-Meules Island.
Havre-aux-Maisons Island is remarkable for its bare landscape -- the scarcity of trees is, for the most part, due to the clear-cut forestry practice of last century. The island's smooth, green landscape stands out sharply against its worn red cliffs. You'll notice a sweet rural character about the place, underscored by the winding roads and houses scattered throughout the countryside is remarkable for its bare landscape and the scarcity of trees is, for the most part, due to the clear-cut forestry practice of last century. The island's smooth, green landscape stands out sharply against its worn red cliffs. You'll notice a sweet rural character about the place, underscored by the winding roads and houses scattered throughout the countryside.
Visit the Pied-de-Vent Cheese Factory, where raw milk is used to produce the tasty Pied-de-Vent cheese and Tomme des Demoiselles. The latter is a semi-hard cow's milk cheese -- you'll have a chance to sample some of the products.
You'll drive along Chemin Pointe-Basse -- a road peppered with many examples of traditional local architecture that reflect remnants of French, Acadian and New England influence. Pause at the Dune-du-Sud rest area for some free time to explore the beach, which is sheltered on one side by red cliffs sculpted by the elements.
Visit the Fumoir d'Antan Museum -- a typical smokehouse that showcases what was once an important industry in the region. As you taste delectable smoked herring, you will get a feel for what it takes to perfectly smoke and dry savory seafood. Herring, mackerel, salmon and scallops have been produced here for more than three generations. Cap-Alright Lighthouse offers a spectacular view over grey cliffs, Plaisance Bay and the outline of Entry Island. The lighthouse is the last one built on the islands, and it has changed little since its construction in 1928.
Please note: Transportation is by school bus. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair.