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Biggest Amateur Sand Castle Building Event in the World

On our recent visit to the Magdalen Islands we spent a very enjoyable stretch of time walking the Havre Aubert beach and admiring the biggest sand castles I’ve ever seen. The annual Chateaux de Sable des Iles is an event that will reach its 25th anniversary in 2011. This year 250 builders took part and over 10,000 visitors were wowed by the sand creations. Entry can be via one of three categories – family, corporate or free style. Competitors can take advantage of one of the sand castle building workshops in the weeks that lead up to the event. This sand castle competition is the biggest amateur event in the world. Mark your calendars to coincide with this fabulous community weekend next year – August 12-14th, 2011. It’s just another reason to vist the Magdalen Islands.

Check out some of the sand castles below. 

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Amazing detail on this sand castle

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Fanciful whale castle

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First place in the adult division

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Major excavation work required for this castle

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Sand castle attacked by an army

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First prize in the family category

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On the last day of the event you could actually get close to the castles.

Leigh McAdam

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