Trudeau in the Magdalen Islands today


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel today to the beautiful Magdalen Islands in Quebec.

Trudeau’s office says he is the first prime minister in two decades to visit the small archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

His tour of the islands will include a stop at a microbrewery and a bakery.

The islands, known in French as Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, are geographically closer to the Maritimes but are part of Quebec.

Of the 12,000 residents, all but a handful cite French as their first language, and more than 75% speak only French.

With large white sand beaches and a more temperate climate than the mainland, the islands’ economy is heavily based on tourism.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 19, 2022.