Join us in one of Canada's best-kept secret paddle playgrounds
Imagine yourself exploring magical islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with an experienced SUP guide who knows every nook and cranny.
Spanning 8 days, this SUP and ocean-influenced adventure explores les Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec, a group of small islands linked by sand dunes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Imagine yourself paddle boarding in the calm waters of a beautiful lagoon enjoying a breakfast picnic then hiking the seaside cliffs, the wind always in your hair.
With the support of our local guide, Cindy Poirer (the island's only female SUP guide and lifelong resident), you are immersed in all that les Îles de la Madeleine has to offer. French-inspired seafood, marine life, secluded inlets and endless sandy beaches. Our adventure will take you off the beaten path and into the local Îles de la Madeleine lifestyle.
*The itinerary will maintain some flexibility to accommodate the weather and the group's paddling goals.
Amazing SUP Experiences
We will be on the water most days. A peaceful sunrise paddle in the lagoon, an exhilarating down-wind paddle to nudge your boundaries or an evening paddle to bask in the glow of sunset followed by dinner and music around a fire on the beach. Paddling leisurely along beautiful red cliffs we will go "paddle birding" to sight some of the many species of marine birds migrating through the area. Explore sea caves and arches, sandy beaches, and gentle waves along the way. We take beach breaks with gourmet picnics and all paddle outings are "challenge by choice" including instruction so you will always feel confident and safe on the water. BONUS: you have the option to earn a Paddle Canada Basic and/or Advanced Flatwater SUP certification.
Gourmet Local Food & Private Chef
Feasting along the Magdalen Island's Circuit de Saveurs (Food Trail) we will discover fresh delicacies at local fromageries, pâtisseries, micribrasseries and bistros. Bringing home our wares, our very own private chef will cook us up healthy, culturally immersive meals.
Here, local products are king. The unique signature of local products come from natural pantries, the land and the sea. The following are specialties of the Islands that you will get to taste during your stay; Lobster, Pommes de pré, Smoked Herring, Clam Chowder, Pot-en-pot (Seafood pie) and Salted Meat Stew. Ooh la la! Don't worry if you have food allergies or preferences - we can accommodate most dietary needs.
7 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN SEASIDE CABINS
Located in Dune de Sud, our cozy cabins are the ideal starting point for your daily escapades to the east or west of the islands. Overlooking 22 km of fine sand beach, take endless strolls in the salt air, pose for sunset photos and enjoy front-row seats to wildlife sightings. Pick up an authentic sweet or savoury crêpe Bretonne at Le Gaboteux on the beach to fuel you for your morning stroll.
Each prettily painted cabin has 3 bedrooms - 2 private rooms with queen beds on the main floor and 1 room with 2 single beds in the loft, sleeping 4 people per cabin. Each cabin has a kitchen for tea/coffee and treats, a living space for relaxing and a shared bathroom. Best of all, a front porch to sit back and watch as the sun sets and the waves roll in.
THIS ADVENTURE IS BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE
This is a fun trip for all SUP skill levels but we do expect that you are;
- Able to paddle at a leisurely pace for up to 2-3 hours with rest breaks.
- Comfortable in the water.
- Comfortable hiking in moderately hilly terrain for 2-3 hours with rest breaks.
- Comfortable embracing the foods and ways of other cultures.
- All activities are optional and allow for "challenge by choice". With 2 guides, we are able to split the group based on interest, skill or other factors.
- If you're an intermediate-advanced paddler, there will be the chance to downwind SUP (weather pending) or join longer paddles.
Would you like to chat with Pam before you book? Book a time here.
BLUE JELLYFISH SUP ADVENTURES TOUR LEADER
Meet Pam Martin, you're Blue Jellyfish SUP Adventure tour leader.
Pam specializes in stand-up paddleboarding and ocean literacy. Pam's goal is to share her love of the ocean with others through paddling and to foster connections between people and the sea. Her teaching style emphasizes safety and technical skills while also having fun in a positive environment.
Pam has been involved in many aquatic pursuits over the years, including canoeing, competitive sailing, sprint canoe/kayak racing, and long-distance outrigger canoe racing. She currently enjoys stand-up paddleboarding and loves sharing this sport with others. She is a certified Paddle Canada SUP instructor and has studied Marine Biology at the University of Guelph and Commercial Photography at Sheridan College. If you're looking for an experienced and knowledgeable guide to help you explore the local waters, Pam is your woman.
LOCAL GUIDES SHARE THEIR HOME WITH YOU
Meet Cindy Poirier!
This passionate, determined, and authentic businesswoman wanted to share her love for nature, sports, and discovery by creating her own business featuring paddle board, kayak and surf activities. She has now added a café and boutique to her oceanside centre where we will kick back on the outdoor terrace to enjoy the sumptuous views of the sea. We knew Cindy was the perfect local partner to collaborate with us in this very special locale. Her in-depth knowledge of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine coastline and her popularity with the inhabitants of the islands make her a proud ambassador!
Today, she sows happiness through her adventures, to in turn inspire others, too, to live their dreams.
PERSONAL CHEF COOKING LOCAL FOODS
Meet Yvonne Lamb, our group's personal chef.
Yvonne’s passion is creating healthy, delicious meals and loves having a table full of excited adventurers rehashing their day over platters of freshly made food, highlighting local fare.
Yvonne attended Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa in 2008. Since then, she has been catering events in Ontario providing great food for private in-home dining events, weddings, post race events, and SUP paddling events.
After having visited Les Iles de la Madeleines, she is looking forward to fuelling your adventures!
ADD ON: PRE-TRIP "SUP THE LAGOON" LESSON
SUP lessons are available to anyone wanting a refresher or a crash course before this trip to calm your fears and build your on-water confidence. This lesson on Day 1 (or the day before) will ensure that when you are in the water, all fears are cast away, and replaced by confidence, curiosity and improved skills.
- 90 min lesson and all rental gear
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Îles de la Madeleine, QC, Canada
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