Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
Welcome to the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, where you’ll receive a warm welcome and discover a unique atmosphere filled with people, language, cuisine, wine, festivals, and music that seem worlds away from neighbouring Canada.
The islands retain many traces of their colourful past: from Jacques Cartier’s arrival in 1516 to the Great Cod Fishery and a prohibition boom, the region has a rich and complex story to tell. The unique culture of this place is also reflected in its inhabitants, who are proud descendants of French emigrants from Normandy, Brittany, and the Basque region, as well as Acadians who settled in Miquelon. Not quite European, but most certainly not North American, the culture and people of the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon offer an experience that cannot be found anywhere else.
Located at the entrance to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, just 20 kilometers from the southern coast of Newfoundland, the archipelago is made up of several islands: Saint-Pierre (population 5,500), Miquelon-Langlade (population: 600), l’Île au Marins, and several other small uninhabited islands. Shaped by wind and sea, this is a place of rugged natural beauty and lively culture, where horses, whales, seals, and birds live in harmony with the landscape and its people.
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Saint-Pierre, the harbour island: Discover museums, restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, boutiques, wine merchants, and more. A small, friendly town where colourful houses and European cars line the streets, Saint-Pierre is the perfect place to discover the region’s unique culture or partake in “le verre de l’amitié" (a friendly drink) with welcoming locals. Nearby Île au Marins, where time seems to have stopped a century ago, provides a tranquil contrast to the lively streets of Saint-Pierre and allows you to step back in time with a visit to the original settlement.
Miquelon-Langlade, the wild islands: Miquelon and Langlade are connected by a 12-kilometer sand isthmus called “The Dune,” which has been the scene of many shipwrecks and now plays host to an annual music festival. Since the nineteenth century, these islands have become the agricultural and natural centre of the archipelago, as well as an important region for coastal fishing. From fresh scallops and lobster to duck and goose foie gras, the farm-to-table options on Miquelon-Langlade are varied and abundant. This region is also a nature-lover’s paradise: endless vistas studded with ponds, beaches, and hills are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. Get lost in the scenery and find total peace as the sounds of the wind and ocean transport you to a simpler time.