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We wanted to have a closer look at the shallow water lagoon, called Baie du Havre-aux-Basques, trapped between the two sand dunes that connect the islands of Havre-Aubert and Cap-aux-Meules. As a result, on the west side of the island we took a gravel road (to Pointe des Canots) through the woods in this area. However, it finally degenerated into a major muddy puddle when we neared the lagoon. We then set out on foot through a short woods road to get a glimpse of the lagoon - and we were successful in also seeing a Great Blue Heron feeding. However, it was not seconds after we emerged from the car that the mosquitos had picked up our scent and were onto us. When in the woods at this time of year, you have to keep well covered up or lathered with repellent. They were no problem on the wind-swept beaches themselves - only the sheltered forest areas.
Updated Jul 1, 2003
Everywhere you go in the Madeleines, there are warnings about getting too close to the edges of their cliffs. Most of these are red sandstone cliffs, a very weak rock that you can crumble in your hands. Sometimes the rock has given away but the grass surface appears solid from above - in reality you could be 'hanging' in space until it gives way. On these cliffs near Cap Noir on the western tip of the island, the fields above the ocean were 'slumping' as the cliff face gradually eroded.
Written Jul 1, 2003