No matter where you go on the islands, you will see fishing boats either plying their trade, tied up at dock or rotting away in a field! While we were at Belle-Anse, the boats were very active in the waters below us, moving in to throw lobster traps over the side. We are now in peak season and the Madeleines are rich lobster fishing grounds. Even 'Mad Dog' Brown (my ball hockey nickname) wasn't crazy enough to get too close to the edge of those cliffs! However, there was one spot very close to here where we were able to look down into the close inshore waters and watch the Black Guillemots (northern equivalent of Penguins) floating on the surface and then submerging to 'fly' underwater.
After disembarking from the ferry, if you turn left at the main highway and keep driving straight ahead for a few miles you will hit the coast again at the small village of L'Etang du Nord. Here, you will be greeted by a very impressive monument to the fishermen of the islands. 'Les Pecheurs' was created by Roger Langevin in 1990 and its creative and powerful style really impressed me! Off-shore, between two of the monument's heads, you can see the rusting remains of a barge that wrecked on these shores. The area of the monument also has some small stores and an expansive parking area. It was nice to get out and stroll around a bit in the sunshine while admiring the views of the Gulf !
Just outside the community of Fatima, are located the impressive red sandstone cliffs of Belle-Anse (Nice Cove). As with most of the cliffs on the Islands, the land is quite unstable so exercise caution when enjoying the views! I grabbed some of these rocks at one of the beaches and you can literally crumble the rock with your bare hands. As you can see, even at this prime viewing location just outside one of the main towns, there are very few visitors about. You will find that you really can 'get away from it all out here!' For tourism information, check out the web site below.