Discovered in 1535 by Jacques Cartier, Isle-aux-Coudres long served as a maritime waystation and has a fascinating sea-faring history. Today, the proverbial hospitality of the “Marsoins,” as the locals are affectionately known, is as warm as ever, and vacationers are always happily greeted with a smile. Isle-aux-Coudres is accessible via a free fifteen-minute ferry ride from Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive.
A 26 km road encircles the island and makes for excellent cycling. Enriching the countless views of the St. Lawrence River and coastline are interpretation panels telling the story of the island and its natural and cultural significance. Along the way are attractions of particular interest, including the Moulins de l'Isle-aux-Coudres, flour economuseum, the Schooner Museum, the Cidrerie Vergers Pedneault apple economuseum, and many more.