Cancale

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Cancale
Kankaven
Fishing port
Fishing port
Coat of arms of Cancale
Coat of arms
Cancale is located in France
Cancale
Cancale
Coordinates: 48°40′37″N 1°51′02″W / 48.6769°N 1.8506°W / 48.6769; -1.8506Coordinates: 48°40′37″N 1°51′02″W / 48.6769°N 1.8506°W / 48.6769; -1.8506
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Ille-et-Vilaine
Arrondissement Saint-Malo
Canton Cancale
Intercommunality Saint-Malo
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Pierre-Yves Mahieu
Area
 • Land1 12.6 km2 (4.9 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 5,341
 • Population2 density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 35049 / 35260
Elevation 0–56 m (0–184 ft)
(avg. 45 m or 148 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Cancale (Breton: Kankaven; Gallo: Cauncall) is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France. It is known as the birthplace of Saint Jeanne Jugan.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Cancale
Year 1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851 1856
Population 3177 3003 3414 4121 4880 5151 5230 5065 5826 6105
Year 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896 1901 1906
Population 6352 6400 6654 6239 6523 6721 6578 6641 6549 7061
Year 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954 1962 1968 1975
Population 7627 6635 6340 6029 5635 5569 5463 5236 5019 4780
Year 1982 1990 1999 2008
Population 4638 4910 5203 5341

Inhabitants of Cancale are called Cancalais in French.

Tourism[edit]

Cancale lies along the coast to the east of Saint-Malo. It is a picturesque fishing village popular with visitors, many of whom are drawn by its reputation as the "oyster capital" of Brittany. Though a small town, it is well served by a large number of restaurants, many specialising in seafood. When not eating one can sit and watch the bustle of this busy little town with many stalls selling crustaceans of all types.

There is a pleasant coastal path which permits a circular walk from the town to the Pointe du Grouin with views across the bay towards Mont Saint-Michel.

Eugène Feyen painted Cancale and the inhabitants with the oyster-picking Cancalaises for several decades around 1865–1908. Vincent van Gogh wrote that "Eugène Feyen is one of the few painters who pictures intimate modern life as it is really, and does not turn it into fashion plates".

John Singer Sargent featured Cancale in his work: Fishing for Oysters at Cancale.

Oysters[edit]

History has it that Louis XIV had his oysters brought to Versailles from Cancale. Centuries later, the farming of oysters is still a major activity in the port and there are oyster beds covering about 7.3 square kilometres easily seen from the pier at the harbour. These beds harvest about 25,000 tons of oysters each year.

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Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Cancale is twinned with:

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