Would your friends laugh at you if you said you had recently acquired Moukmouk Island… near Rouyn-Noranda Québec?
However, the place is far from existing only in Quebec folklore. And to top it all off, it is currently for sale for the coveted sum of US$2 million (C$2.7 million).
According to the “Private Island Online” website, the island, 2 km long by 0.5 km wide, located about 50 km from Rouyn-Noranda, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, is “the only private island in the region that is for sale in its entirety”.
Catherine Dubesset acquired it for $34,000 in 1997 with the objective of making it a resort for fishing and hunting. She had to terminate the project for financial reasons.
“I don’t want to get rid of it for a handful of peanuts. So I’m waiting for the right time,” said the woman who told the Journal that she had received a few offers since it went on sale a little over a year ago.
She also admits that owning Moukmouk Island sometimes raises eyebrows.
“People already believe that Moukmouk Island is a legend. So yes, indeed, people are surprised,” said the self-employed massage therapist.
Ghislain Larochelle, a real estate expert at Immofacile, believes that if Mrs. Dubesset succeeds in obtaining the price she asks for, it will be “a big sale for the area”.
“No land sales with a broker of more than $2.5 million have taken place in Abitibi-Témiscamingue since 2000,” he told the Journal.
According to Geneviève Joncas, a research professional with the Trésor de la langue française du Québec, it is visitors to the island who have jokingly named the island “Moukmouk”.
Residents may have opted for a foreign sounding name to emphasize the remote nature of the island.