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For our trip to the not easy to reach Iles de la Madeleine, we booked ourselves for passage on the car-ferry 'Madeleine', about 2-weeks before we planned to leave. In peak season, it is best to book even further in advance. The 'Madeleine' is a 400 foot, 6800 ton, 20 knot Roll-On Roll-Off ferry, capable of carrying 700 passengers as well as numerous vehicles and semi-trailer trucks. She was built in Cork, Ireland in 1981 and began her life as the 'Isle of Inisturk' in the Irish Ferry service. The Madeleine was purchased in July, 1997 to take over the Prince Edward Island run for the small chain of islands. This particular route leaves Souris, PEI at 2 PM in the afternoon for the 5-hour run, and returns with an 8 AM departure from the Islands. During the heavy ice months of February and March voyages can be dependent on the weather conditions.
Due to their islolated location, the islands were plagued by transportation problems for many years - affecting the livelihood of the inhabitants due to shortages of oil, gas and other products. As a result, in the winter of 1944 a group formed the "Cooperative of Maritime and Air Transportation" (CTMA) to further advancement of modern links to the islands. In June, 1945 the first regular shipping service was established, to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since then, CTMA has continuously improved its service and now operates three large vessels to serve the needs of the islands. My wife and I both found the 'Madeleine' to be a very comfortable vessel, equipped with many plush reclining chairs in numerous locations throughout. There is also ample above deck seating for fine weather crossings as well as two or three bar/lounges, a cafeteria, movie theatre, TV viewing rooms and a gift shop. High season one-way fares for the crossing were C$79 per car and C$39/person, making a round trip cost of about C$320 (or US$280 at the present exchange rate of 0.88). There is also another CTMA ferry run from Montreal and small local airlines fly into the islands.
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