Ultimate road trip New ferry will allow Canadians to drive to France

first_img The Canadian Press The new ferry service was supposed to start May 15, but the port authority in Fortune hasn’t been able to scrape together enough money to upgrade its wharf.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“I think they’re still about a million dollars short,” Penwell said. “So they’re looking to the provincial government and the (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) to see if they can come up with a bit more money … So far there’s been no resolution.”Negotiations with federal and provincial officials are ongoing, but Penwell said a temporary solution is in the works, though he isn’t sure when the wharf will be ready. Tags: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador << Previous PostNext Post >> “It’s like a piece of France right next door,” Fortune Mayor Charles Penwell said Tuesday.“The language is different from what we’re used to in Newfoundland, but it’s very similar … to the (language spoken in) the Basque region of France. It offers traditional French food, French atmosphere, and the music and song of France. It’s unique. This archipelago is indeed a part of Europe that’s right next to our border.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksPenwell said St-Pierre-Miquelon – about the size of Honolulu and home to about 6,000 French nationals – doesn’t get the attention it deserves.“We get frustrated,” he said in an interview from Fortune, population 1,400. “I think there’s a fair number of people even in Newfoundland and Labrador who don’t realize it’s there.”The smallest of the islands, St-Pierre, is the most populated, with colourful clapboard homes on tidy, winding streets. Tourists can take advantage of fine French wines – at reasonable prices. There’s a regular midday siesta and access to smaller boats that serve the larger, sparsely populated islands of Miquelon and Langlade. Posted bylast_img