My great-grandparents hailed from the Magdelan Islands, Quebec and I always dreamed of sailing to the islands. That dream came true in the summer of 2009 when my mother, my sister and I made the journey to the main island via public ferry. I had no idea what to expect when we docked but the islands ended up being more than I imagined! Long, deserted, sandy beaches, giant sand dunes, friendly people, a colorful culture, interesting history and great shopping. Several islands were navigable via causeways and it only took about an hour to traverse across all of them. The most spectacular sunset I've ever witnessed occurred at the lighthouse at one end and the most beautiful beach I've ever laid eyes on was located at the other end. Many people may assume that they would be bored during a visit but there are many things to see and do including museums, para-sailing, kayaking and Zodiac adventures. I spent almost a week there and boredom did not enter the equation! Just driving between the islands and admiring the scenery and finding a quiet place along the ocean to sit and watch whales frolic in the distance or bald eagles soaring overhead was enough for me. I will treasure every moment of that trip for as long as I live because it was also my mother’s dream to visit the island’s in her lifetime and she had that chance before she passed away last year. The islands may not be tropical but their rugged beauty rivals that of any island in the Caribbean.