Episode: 4 Explore Canada: One Ocean Expeditions PT 2 Title: Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France Broadcast: January 20th 2018 Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
We gather our euros as we leave Canada and arrive in France. Saint-Pierre et Miquelon is a quaint fishing island that has a few of its original residents remaining. But today it’s a living museum to a past time when French fishermen lived here, catching mostly Atlantic cod.
The locals have preserved the history of the island beautifully in 3 museums that you can visit; Archipélitude Museum, Musée de l'Arche and Musée Héritage.
The territorial collectively of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is an archipelago 15 miles off the southern shore of Canada's island of Newfoundland. They are a territory of the French Republic whose main islands consist of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon. The term 'Miquelon' is Basque for "Michael" and Saint Pierre is the Patron Saint of Fishermen.
The archipelago is France's only remnant of its vast former territories of New France. Originally settled in the seventeenth century due to the attraction of their abundant fishing waters, the islands remain essentially a land of fishing villages and have forged their identity from the sea.