From atop Butte du Vent, you have a panoramic view of the entire Magdalen Islands archipelago.
Long before the Internet and cell phones, the inhabitants of the Magdalen islands also needed to communicate.
In 1880, Augustin Lebourdais finally set up a telegraph on the Islands, thereby enabling the islanders to send and receive messages via an undersea cable linking the Islands to Cap Breton.
Born of the sea
When you live in an archipelago, you need to know how to use – and reuse – all of the resources at your disposal. This is why islanders always watch for what washes up on their beaches.
Where visitors may see only planks from shipwrecks, the inhabitants of the Magdalen Islands see building materials! This is true for St-Pierre de Lavernière church, which was built in 1872 on beams from shipwrecked vessels.