When visiting Îles-de-la-Madeleine if you speak even just a little bit of French everyone will be a lot more friendly and go out of their way to help you out more than they would if you spoke strictly English and no French at all.
ferry from Souris, PEI, reservation required weekly boat from Montréal Québec and Chandler Québec, reservation required flights from Québec City, Montreal, and other cities (Air Canada Jazz)
One of the best things about Îles-de-la-Madeleine is the fact that it is known as one of, if not the best places for wind sports (like windsurfing and kiteboarding). So if your not the one riding it is always fun to be the one watching.
-Beaches: amazing long sand dune beaches connect the islands, there are several to explore and walk on for hours -windsurfing- rental available at l'istorlet, or bring your own -kitesurfing- courses from Aerosport, another company (ask at cafe les pas perdus in Cap-aux meules -sea kayaking- explore coastal cliffs, bays, and tunnels, one good place to rent is the Parc du Gros Cap, near Cap-aux-Meules -cycling- lots of places although some roads do not have paved shoulder. Wind can be a factor -hiking- several shore hikes possible near cliff-lined areas of the coast. However, stay away from the edges of cliffs as they are eroded, and are very dangerous (can collapse).
All of Îles-de-la-Madeleine is pretty safe.