Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands

Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands

Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands

Prices

From $5,075USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Discover the adorable harp seals of the Magdalen Islands during an amazing winter visit.

Spend a night at the Huron Village traditional site to learn about the history and culture of this First Nations tribe.

Take a helicopter to the ice floes to visit the harp seal colonies and see their adorable white pups.

Enjoy exploring the winter scenery on the archipelago of the Magdalen Islands.

Discover the charms of winter visits to the historic districts of Montreal and Quebec City.

East of Prince Edward Island lies a beautiful chain of islands with gorgeous beaches and dramatic sandstone cliffs. During the winter months, the ice that surrounds the islands becomes the nursery for thousands of fluffy white harp seal pups. This is where the Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands tour takes place!

The highlight of the Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands tour is an epic adventure out onto the ice to observe seal colonies with their adorable babies. When you aren’t wildlife watching, you can explore the Magdalen Islands, which are just as stunning in the winter as they are during the summer months. You’ll also have the chance to experience the charming snow-covered streets of historic Montreal and Quebec City on this unique winter adventure.

Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands Itinerary

Day 1 Tour Begins in Montreal

When you arrive in Montreal, you’ll be taken to your hotel downtown to settle in. You have the evening to explore the city and enjoy dinner at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Montreal
Meals
None

Day 2 Visit the Ice Hotel and Huron Village

Enjoy your morning strolling the cobbled streets of Old Montreal before you head to the train station to catch your train to Quebec City. A shuttle will meet you at the station and take you to the amazing Ice Hotel where you’ll take a tour of this glistening palace. Next, you’ll be transported to the outskirts of Quebec City and back in time to the Huron Village of Wendake.

Spend the evening immersed in the culture of this Native American community.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Wendake
Meals
None

Day 3 Fly to the Magdalen Islands

In the morning you’ll be transferred to the Quebec City Jean Lesage Airport for your flight to the Magdalen Islands. You’ll receive a warm island welcome when you arrive, and you’ll meet the shuttle that will bring you from the airport to your accommodations.

Enjoy a relaxing evening at your seaside hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Magdalen Islands
Meals
Dinner

Day 4 Explore the Magdalen Islands

Spend the day soaking up the incredible beauty of the endless sandbanks that stretch to connect the islands of the archipelago. Take a half-day walking tour around the east end of the island to discover the surprising contrast of the snow against the dramatic red cliffs.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Magdalen Islands
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Adventures on the Ice

This morning you’ll gear up in your cold weather expedition wear before you climb into the helicopter to fly out onto the ice. You’ll be dropped off on the ice floes that surround the islands to visit the breeding grounds of the harp seal. You’ll be able to watch the colonies and look for the adorable baby seals, known as “white coats” for their famous white fluff.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Magdalen Islands
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Return to Quebec City

You’ll have the morning to continue enjoying the hospitality of the Madelinots before you catch your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Quebec City. A transfer will bring you to your hotel downtown, and once you’re settled you can go out and explore the city.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quebec City
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 7 Explore the Wintery City

You have the whole day to explore Quebec City, which becomes even more charming when the historic streets are decorated with snow. Visit the snow sculptures on the Plains of Abraham and take a walk along the picturesque frozen river.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Quebec City
Meals
None

Day 8 Tour Ends in Quebec City

Today your tour comes to an end. Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll in the beautiful neighbourhood of Old Quebec before you take your transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.

Overnight Location
None
Meals
None

Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands Price and Dates

This guided wildlife tour in Quebec is run as private tour for your group only, and the price per person depends on how many people are in your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Self-guided groups of 2+: $6,650CAD
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Accommodation on the Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands Tour

This tour is based in hotels. This tour includes unique 3 and 4-star hotels with comfortable rooms and modern conveniences.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. Single rooms, including those for solo travellers, are by request and may incur an additional fee.

Night 1

Hotel in Montreal

Stay in a standard 3-star hotel in a great location. Walk around downtown, Old Montreal, Mile End, and Plateau Mont-Royal to peek into city life in different areas.

Hotel-Musee Premieres Nations in Wendake

Discover the history and culture of the First Nations people at this immersive hotel experience. You’ll love the beautiful rooms and authentic decor.

Château Madelinot in Fatima

Large comfortable rooms, an onsite restaurant, and a swimming pool make this a great place to stay. You’ll also love the amazing seaside location.

Night 6-7

Hotel in Quebec City

The only fortified city in Canada! The historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll the streets to admire the cobblestone roads and European architecture.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands Tour?

Meals

There are 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Montreal and after the tour in Quebec City are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes all transfers between your hotel and the airport as outlined in the itinerary. Your flights mid-tour to the Magdalen Islands are not included.

Also Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Guided tour of Huron Village in Wendake
  • Tour of the Ice Hotel
  • 3-hour seal watching excursion, including helicopter transportation, and Mustang Survival cold weather gear
  • Half-day guided tour of the West Island
  • Half-day guided tour of the East Island
  • Seal interpretation centre visit
  • Canadian taxes
  • 24/7 access to helpline

Not included

  • Flights to Montreal
  • Flights from Quebec City
  • Flights to and from the Magdalen Islands
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequenty Asked Questions about Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands

How hard is the Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands tour?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. This itinerary includes some walking tours where the terrain may be icy. Please note that the tour includes a helicopter trip and a visit to an ice floe where conditions will be rugged. Other than this, it is not a physically demanding tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands tour?

There are 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners included in this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover all included activities. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Montreal to start this tour?

Fly into Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL). The transfer to your Montreal Airport is included.

Is the Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands tour in English?

Yes, the guided portions of this tour are available in both English and French.

Where does the Ice Floes and Harp Seals of the Magdalen Islands tour end?

This tour finishes in Quebec City, you can fly out of the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB).

Is it safe to be on the ice during the harp seal excursion?

Yes, you will be accompanied by an ice guide who will give you a safety briefing. You will also be outfitted in special marine safety gear.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Canada?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Canada?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Canada for this tour?

The best time to travel to Quebec if you want to see harp seal pups is between February and April, which is their breeding season. Dress warmly!

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Prices

From $5,075USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 1/5. This itinerary includes some walking tours where the terrain may be icy. Please note that the tour includes a helicopter trip and a visit to an ice floe where conditions will be rugged. Other than this, it is not a physically demanding tour.

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