One of the most amazing things about living in Canada is that there is an almost endless supply of destinations you can explore. Some you may not have heard of before. For instance, did you know you can go to France without ever leaving Canada? We don’t mean metaphorically either, you can actually go to France – through customs and all – by visiting Saint Pierre and Miquelon Islands off the coast of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Located at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence – only 12 miles from Newfoundland – these small islands are home to just over 6,000 people. The inhabitants possess French Citizenships and suffrage. They have an official deputy in the National Assembly of France in Paris and enjoy a certain degree of autonomy when it comes to taxes and customs. The main language spoken on the islands is, of course, French and is more closely related to mainland France French than to Quebec French.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon has its own time zone (half an hour ahead of Newfoundland time) and definitely offers an opportunity to travel in time. In the morning, you can see locals visiting the bakery for fresh bread and pastries. Shops close everyday from 12 and 2pm, and restaurants serve dinner a bit later as they would in mainland France.