Havre Aubert Island
A Breath of Sea Air
Havre Aubert Island (ile du Havre Aubert), located at the southern end of the archipelago, is one of the major islands of the Magdalen Islands. It covers 58 square kilometres.
This makes it the largest island in the area. However, Havre Aubert is not the most populated of the islands of the archipelago. Its population is about 2, 500. Most of the inhabitants of the island are French-speaking. There are two municipalities here. At the very end of the island stands Havre-Aubert.
The community is part of the Most beautiful villages of Quebec Association. To the west of the islands, the village of Bassin is located. Its most significant sightseeing points are its panoramic Bassin Route (chemin Bassin) and its historic lighthouse de l’Anse-a-la-Cabane.
This island conceals the only forest of the archipelago. A historic site De La Grave is its most interesting museum. Many Acadians first settled here after the Grand Dérangement, thus their expulsion from Acadie (today’s New Scotia). They survived thanks to fishing and walrus hunting.