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    Posted August 4, 2014 by
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    The Lights of Les Iles


    In September 2013, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit a mostly unknown archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence called Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine or the Magdalen Islands.


    Since Jacques Cartier's first visit to these islands in the 16th century, many other seafaring vessels unfortunately wrecked due to the Islands' treacherous waters. Of the almost 13,000 current inhabitants, many can trace their family origins back to those shipwreck victims fortunate enough to wash up on shore alive. Today's locals, the Madelinots, consider themselves both Acadian and Quebecois.


    Fishing, salt mining and tourism are the main industries for the area. Outdoor sports include bicycling, windsurfing, kitesurfing and scuba diving. Eco-tourists can get their fill of "CUTE" in February observing the new-born harp seals on the pack ice.


    My visit was short, only 5 days, but each day was filled with beautiful vistas, fresh seafood and friendly locals who were more than happy to tell me their stories. One goal I did have was to find as many of the iconic lighthouses as I could. Of the current 6 lighthouses located throughout the islands, I was able to photograph 4; Cap Alright Lighthouse (1928), Borgot Lighthouse (1874), Anse-a-la-Cabane Lighthouse (1870-1871) and Entry Island Lighthouse (1874).

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