Canadian isles

If you go

Getting there: Air Canada flies to the Magdalen Islands, but the flight may involve multiple stops. We flew to Halifax, Nova Scotia, stayed overnight, then drove a rental car to Souris, Prince Edward Island, about 41/2 hours, and took the CTMA car ferry (; starting at about $50 for adults high season) to the islands. You also could fly to Charlottetown, PEI, and drive to Souris.

Lodging: Quite a few options from basic to extremely nice, with information available on the Tourisme Iles de la Madeleine website ( Note that there is virtually no handicapped access.

I wouldn't hesitate to stay again at any of our lodgings. Prices listed are for summer season, though most lodgings break down summer into three periods. Prices are per night and include breakfast (except at Chateau Madelinot).

Auberge Chez Denis a Francois, Havre-Aubert Island, 418-937-2371, Nicely done B&B with rooms from $115 per night.

Havre-sur-Mer, Havre-Aubert Island, 418-937-5675, Hands-down our favorite. Beautiful, secluded beach and impeccable furnishings and amenities. Rooms from $110, studios from $235.

Auberge La Salicorne, Grande-Entree Island, 418-985-2833, Very basic accommodations, much like in a U.S. national park, and your best bet is to go for a multiday package with breakfast, dinner and activities such as biking and kayaking.

Domaine du Vieux Couvent, Havre-aux-Maisons Island, 418-969-2233, Beautifully restored convent with very nicely furnished rooms from $175.

Chateau Madelinot, Cap-aux-Meules Island, 800-661-4537, Seaside rooms with the feel of a U.S. motel. Very convenient to the ferry terminal. Rooms from $107.