DescriptionLying off the southern coast of Cape Breton Island, Isle Madame is across the Lennox Passage Bridge at the junction of hwys. 104 and 320. Named after the queen of France by Acadian settlers after the fall of Louisbourg in 1758, this 44-square-kilometre (17-sq.-mi.) island has beaches, rocky coves, picnic areas and picturesque fishing villages.
The island village of Arichat is one of the oldest communities in Nova Scotia. Highlights in Arichat include the LeNoir Forge Museum, a restored French stone blacksmith shop; phone (902) 226-9364.