Surprising, this French archipelago off the shore of the North American continent! In this small bit of France, you’ll receive a kind welcome and enjoy a change of scenery thanks to the language, cuisine, wines, festivals and music… far from the traditional atmospheres of Canada, and yet so close.
The history of these islands is every bit as exceptional: after Jacques Cartier took possession of them in 1536, this territory didn’t become French officially until 1816. Inhabited by French emigrants from Normandy, Brittany and the Basque region, as well as Acadians who settled on Miquelon, this archipelago retains many traces of its past: come discover the history of the Great Cod Fishery, Prohibition and contraband, and the many human interactions that shaped its history since the days of the Native Americans 5,000 years ago.
Located at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, only 12 miles from Newfoundland, the archipelago consists of several islands: Saint-Pierre (population: 5,500), Miquelon-Langlade (population: 600), as well as l’Ile aux Marins and several small uninhabited islands. Here, plants and wildlife are protected, with the sea and land providing purely natural scenery where wild horses, whales, seals and birds will catch your eye.
A destination worth discovering!