The Iles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands) lie off the east coast, right in the middle of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, 215 km from the Gaspe Peninsula, 105 km from Prince Edward Island and less then 100 km from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
One of the characteristics of the Magdalen Archipelago is its long chain of sand dunes linking the islands. These extensive dunes with magnificent beaches made it possible to build a route 199. This route runs from one end of the island chain to the other.
Guests can drive, bike or hike along the 65 km between one extremity of the Magdalen Islands and the other. As the Magdalen archipelago is on the migration route for a few species of birds, this route is an excellent place for the observation of migrating birds. The best time to observe birds is in May and June or September and October.
Note that only one of the inhabited islands, the Entry Island, is not linked to the others by the road. To get to this island, people must take a boat or the regular ferry line.