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Whitecoat in the Îles de la Madeleine
Photo: Rei Ohara
10 Adorable Photos of Whitecoats!

Every winter from late February to early March, thousands of harp seals congregate on the ice surrounding the Îles de la Madeleine in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to give birth to their pups, which are called whitecoats. These balls of white fur are very cute, as you will see when you look at the 10 Instagram photos we found for you!

  Whitecoat Video
Photo: Rei Ohara/Château Madelinot
What You Need to Know

What is a whitecoat? How and when can you observe them? Why are they found on the Îles de la Madeleine and not elsewhere? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

Seal watching
Photo: Rei Ohara/Château Madelinot
A Unique Winter Experience

Observing whitecoats on the ice is an exceptional winter adventure! During this once-in-a-lifetime activity, great care is taken to disturb the seals as little as possible. Find out more here.

Find Out More

To find out everything you need to know about whitecoat observation in the Îles de la Madeleine, visit the Château Madelinot website.

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