Known locally as “la p'tite île,” Île Verte is the only island in the Bas-Saint-Laurent occupied year round. Island life is set against a backdrop of remarkable maritime landscapes, abundant wildlife and a wealth of heritage buildings spread from one end of the Chemin de l'Île to the other, from the Bout-d'en-Bas to the Bout-d'en-Haut. From May to November, Île Verte can be reached on the Peter-Fraser ferry; the crossing schedule varies with the tides. In winter, an ice bridge is opened.
Between these two periods, the crossing is made by helicopter. With a well-deserved reputation for hospitality, the island has become an exceptional vacation destination, offering several restaurants and about thirty tourist accommodation sites, including the famous and renowned site des Maisons du Phare.
The municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs is a delightful community to visit, one that some are lucky enough to call home.