The Magdalen Islands
, Îles de la Madeleine
) are an archipelago
in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence
. Though closer to Prince Edward Island
and Nova Scotia
, the islands belong to Quebec
. There are nine major islands - Alright, Amherst, Brion, Coffin, East, Entry, Grindstone, Grosse, and Wolf - and numerous islets.
Jacques Cartier was the first European to visit the islands, in 1534. The archipelago now supports a population of 13,991 (1991), largely Quebecois, whose main occupations include fishing and sealing.