CBC Land & Sea
Life on the Magdalen Islands
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The Magdalen Islands are isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. So how does the small population survive and make a living when other rural communities are dying? By taking control of their own fishery, by building a tourism market and by enticing newcomers to start new businesses.
The art of making shine remains entrenched in Island life.
Moonshine — it has the reputation of being illicit and dangerous. Despite that, the people of Prince Edward Island have had a long love affair with shine. For generations, every special occasion included a customary bottle of the potent drink. Today the art of making shine remains entrenched in Island life.
But there is one change — a PEI company is making its own moonshine. And it’s all legal.