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Port au Port Peninsula

Port au Port Peninsula


The Port au Port Peninsula is the cradle of Francophonie in Newfoundland and Labrador. In fact, the first French fishermen to visit the island settled on this peninsula.

Situated on the coast of south-western Newfoundland, the Port au Port Peninsula extends into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and is joined to Newfoundland by an isthmus connected at the town of Port au Port. It is bounded by St. George’s Bay to the south, the Gulf of the St. Lawrence to the east, and by Port au Port Bay to the northwest. One of the peninsula’s strengths is its location, which offers exceptional access to nature.

The Port au Port Peninsula has 4,340 inhabitants (0.9% of the province’s total population). There are approximately 700 French speakers in the Port au Port region, 400 of whom speak French as their first language. They are found mostly in Port au Port and Cape St. George as well as Mainland and Black Duck Brook. Their life is organized around commercial fishing, farming, and work in forest-based industries.

On the west coast of Newfoundland, French fishermen and their descendants have maintained their distinct culture and kept their language for over 300 years. The Port au Port peninsula includes three Francophone and Acadian communities of Cape St. George, L'Anse-à-Canards and Mainland. These are connected by the French Ancestors Route, which allows tourists to visit the various attractions of the region. The lives of these communities is organized around commercial fishing, a booster agriculture, forest work and the oil industry and tourism.

L'Association régionale de la Côte-Ouest (ARCO) protect, promote and ensure the vitality of language and French culture in the region with nearly three out of ten francophones in the province live on the Port au Port.

  • Cape St-Georges
    This town was founded in 1837 by a French name Guillaume Robin and was formerly called Cape Latte.
  • Mainland
    This municipality is located opposite the Red Island which has long served as home port for hundreds of seasonal French fishermen.
  • Black Duck Brook
    Benoît, Bozec, Bissons and Félix families settled there early 1840s to fish, among others, cod and lobster.

To find out more about this region, the Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (RDÉE) have created the regional and community profile of Newfoundland west coast and center in 2013 (French only)


Discover the Port au Port Peninsula by watching the promotional video Osez Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador !






Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL)
65, chemin Ridge, 2e étage, bureau 233
St. John's (Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador)
A1B 4P5

Date d'impression : 2021-04-15
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