This small offshoot of France’s French archipelago is off the shore of the North American continent. In this tiny corner of France, you’ll receive a warm welcome and enjoy a change of scenery thanks to the language, cuisine, wines, festivals, and music. Far from the traditional atmosphere of Canada and yet so close.
Located at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, this tiny archipelago is about twenty-five kilometres off the southern coast of the island of Newfoundland, Canada, a collectivité of France since 1985.
From Newfoundland, the archipelago consists of several islands. Saint-Pierre has the largest population of 5,500, while Miquelon-Langlade is the smallest, with just over 600 people, Including several small uninhabited islands.
The history of these islands was exceptional when Jacques Cartier took possession of them in 1536. The territory didn’t officially become French until 1816. Inhabited by French emigrants from Brittany, Normandy, the Basque region, and Acadians who chose to settle on Miquelon, this archipelago retains many traces of its past.
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