Saint Pierre and Miquelon are a small group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, south of Newfoundland and Labrador. First settled by the French in the early 17th century, the islands represent the sole remaining vestige of France's once vast North American empire, New France.
Saint-Pierre was a site for settlement by the French in the early 17th century, later abandoned under the Treaty of Utrecht, and returned to France in 1763 at the end of the Seven Years War. The islands became a place of refuge for Acadian deportees from Nova Scotia. Saint-Pierre figured frequently in North American British-French relations. It profited heavily from U.S. Prohibition, which did not apply in this area, as they were part of France. It was depopulated and repopulated frequently, and now remains the last vestige of Imperial France within North America.
Like its northern neighbour, Newfoundland, it is a key fishing centre close to the Grand Banks, some of the world's richest fishing grounds. However, as in Newfoundland, the decline in cod stocks has seriously affected the fishery. As a result, tourism is becoming increasingly important to the economy. As a travel destination, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is ideal for those interested in historical and cultural discovery, eco-tourism and the French language. Beyond its history, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is a wonderful destination because of its mild refreshing climate, its beautiful landscapes, the quality of the air and the warmth of its inhabitants.
As a part of France, the area has much in common with Europe, but also with its Canadian and American neighbours.
Although Saint Pierre and Miquelon are territories of France and use the euro, they are not part of the European Union or Schengen Zone, so immigration procedures are different from those of France. Canadians will need passports for a stay of over three months, otherwise some forms of photo ID are acceptable. All other nationalities need passports and, in some cases, visas. Check with your local French consulate or embassy. Most travellers are only given a cursory inspection when entering the island of Saint-Pierre.
There are no flights to Saint Pierre and Miquelon from anywhere but Canada. Visitors of certain nationalities will need a Canadian transit visa. Air service to Saint-Pierre is available via Air Saint-Pierre through:
The car ferry from Fortune, Newfoundland, has been discontinued.
If you are going through Newfoundland via Port aux Basques, DRL Coachlines Ltd. offers daily scheduled passenger coach services between St. John's & Port Aux Basques on the island. DRL's head office is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, but they can be reached toll-free at 1 888 738 8091. If you wish to reach their office in St. John's, call 1 709 738-8088.
Another bus service from Port Aux Basques to St. John's is Newhook's Transportation. Call them at 1 709 726-4876.
In either case, you'll need to get off the bus a short time after Clarenville to head southwest towards Fortune and the ferry to Saint-Pierre.
The passenger ferry Le Cabestan runs between Fortune, Newfoundland and St. Pierre. It's a 55-minute trip. Check schedules before travelling. Reservations are strongly recommended during busy season. Parking is available in Fortune.
Given the compact size of Saint-Pierre, it is generally easy to get around on foot. Those intimidated by the town's notorious sloping streets may find that a rented scooter may be a more friendly option. There are also a number of taxi services that offer guided tours of Saint-Pierre. Avid renters, be warned that there is but a handful of rental cars on the island.
The nearby islands of île aux Marins, Langlade, and Miquelon may be accessed via ferry. Île aux Marins and Langlade are inhabited only during the summer months and lack amenities such as taxis, hospitals, or internet service. The town of Miquelon is considerably smaller than Saint-Pierre and therefore has fewer hotels, shops, and restaurants.
The French spoken in Saint Pierre and Miquelon is very similar to that spoken in Normandy, Brittany, and Paris. The islanders are quite proud of their linguistic heritage.
The islands have a specialist language teaching facility named the FrancoForum, owned and operated by the local government in Saint-Pierre. Staffed by professional French instructors, the institute offers a variety of courses for both students and teachers wishing to improve their fluency.
The FrancoForum is best known for hosting Le Programme Frecker, a 3-month French immersion program offered to students at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. The programme, which began in 1975, was originally housed in a small building at the centre of town. In 2000, an agreement was reached with the Territorial Council in Saint-Pierre to relocate the programme to the newly built FrancoForum.
Soak up this little corner of France in North America
Like the rest of France, the official currency is the euro ("€", ISO currency code: EUR). It is divided into 100 cents. In Saint-Pierre, it is also common for Canadian and U.S. dollars to be accepted by merchants.
You will find that nearly everything is on the expensive side, with the notable exceptions of wine and cigarettes.
French cuisine is standard in Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Those who love seafood should look into the Seafood Festival that is held every year in mid-August in the small town of Miquelon.
Both islands have a number of hotels, B&Bs, and rental apartments, though none are large — only a couple of establishments on Saint Pierre have more than a dozen rooms, so be sure to book in advance. Expect to pay around €35-50 for budget accommodations, €70-80 for a fancier grade.
There is very little crime in Saint Pierre and Miquelon and this destination should be considered one of the safest possible in North America. However, unlike virtually everywhere else in North America, the power mains voltage is mostly 220V. If you're from a 110-120V country (e.g. Canada, USA), note that a euro-plug adaptor which doesn't down-convert the voltage will cause your appliance to burn out very quickly. Don't bring electric clocks or motorized appliances unless they can also be operated with batteries or the manufacturer's name plate specifically states both 50 and 60 Hz. See the Electrical systems article for more information. Note that a few bed & breakfast inns have 110V with North American outlets, though the frequency is still the European 50 Hz (affects clocks and motors).
Saint Pierre and Miquelon pose very few health threats. Be warned that the weather is often very chilly and a sweater comes in handy, even during the summer months. If a serious injury should occur, there is a small hospital located in the town of Saint-Pierre. Patients who require special treatment are usually sent to larger, better-equipped hospitals in Canada.
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"I don't always design travel journals, but when I do they are the kind of travel journals that people throw parades for." - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad
THE SAINT PIERRE & MIQUELON TRAVEL JOURNAL has been carefully crafted by the legendary nomad Cormac Younghusband to help make your trip unforgettable, fun and organized—with plenty of room to help spur spontaneity and document new discoveries.
This journal can help you plan, live out and record every stage of your journey to Saint Pierre & Miquelon—from pre-trip, to getting there, to being there, to getting home, and afterwards.
"Saint Pierre & Miquelon food and national dance are among the world's finest. They do this thing with the thing!" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad
The first part of the journal is for PRE-TRIP PLANNING and contains sections for important information, a page to write about what inspired you to make the trip, a page to write about the who, where, what, when, how of the journey, a page to make note of your travel companions, a number of pages to organize your travel research.* There are also sections for drafting an itinerary and a journey to-do checklist.
The second part of the journal deals with GETTING THERE, containing sections to describe getting there and arriving.
The third part of the journal is all about BEING THERE. There are sections for: tracking the stuff you buy and for your daily adventures there are 50 two-page daily records to keep notes on: day #, date, weather, places visited, what happened today + thoughts on what happened, the highlight of the day and extensive notes (with a handy reminder list of things to write about). Because there are about 5,831 people in Saint Pierre & Miquelon, there's also section to record the names and contact info of the people you meet along the way.
The fourth part of the journal is for GETTING HOME, that fateful day you depart and the days that follow. There are sections for describing your departure, for making your own top 10 highlights lists, a country radar to help you create a signature review of the country, and an afterwards where you can sum up the meaning of your trip.
When a trip is over, Cormac Younghusband recommends you start planning your NEXT TRIP. To help, there is a section where you can make a travel wish list.
Also included is a COUNTRY BRIEF to give you important info on the destination and a MAP to give you an idea of the lay of the land. Plus, at the back of the book there area sections for: generic packing ideas, measures and conversions, and pages for notes, sketches, maps and such
"Find a place in the world you haven't been, and go there. Keep on trucking, my friends" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad
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"Why visit Saint Pierre and Miquelon? Because, it's there." - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad
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Partez à la découverte de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, avec ce chapitre extrait du guide Ulysse Explorer Terre-Neuve et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.Bastion français aux portes de l’Amérique du Nord, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon forme un archipel fascinant. Situées à 4 300 km de Paris mais à seulement 25 km au sud-ouest de la péninsule de Burin sur l’île de Terre-Neuve, ces îles françaises ont le statut de collectivités d’outre-mer et dépendent en grande partie de la métropole.Ce chapitre contient une liste descriptive et détaillée des différents attraits de cet archipel français au sud de l'île de Terre-Neuve, chaque site étant coté par un système d'étoiles pour vous aider dans vos choix de visites. Un carnet pratique vous permet également de trouver des bonnes adresses pour les restaurants et cafés, l'hébergement, le magasinage et les sorties.
Le guide Ulysse Explorez Terre-Neuve et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon est l’outil idéal pour planifier un voyage et tirer le maximum d’un séjour dans cette province canadienne et ce territoire français tout juste voisin. Tout en couleurs et en photos, le guide de voyage Explorez Terre-Neuve et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon est aussi agréable à consulter qu’ultra-pratique grâce à son format de poche et sa structure facile à comprendre en un clin d’œil.La première section, intitulée « Le meilleur de Terre-Neuve et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon », met en lumière à l’aide de listes thématiques ce que la destination a de mieux à offrir et facilite l’organisation générale de son séjour selon ses envies, tout en ciblant les incontournables.Le chapitre « Découvrir Terre-Neuve et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon » propose ensuite une série d’itinéraires clés en main pour ne rien manquer des villes, villages et régions de cette partie de l’Amérique du Nord : la ville de St. John’s, capitale de la province de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador; la péninsule d’Avalon; la péninsule de Burin; l’archipel français de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon; la route des Vikings et le parc national Gros-Morne; le Labrador. Pour chaque itinéraire, un plan double-page clair et précis permet de se repérer dans le secteur couvert, avec localisation des attraits, activités, boutiques d’artisans, restaurants, bars, boîtes de nuit et lieux d’hébergement. Impossible de louper quoi que ce soit! Qui plus est, un système d’étoiles et les coups de cœur d’Ulysse guident le lecteur vers les adresses qui se démarquent.Le chapitre « Terre-Neuve et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon pratique », bourré de renseignements utiles pour mieux voyager, complète l’ouvrage. À tout cela s’ajoutent des cartes additionnelles - vue générale de la province de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador et des îles Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, zoom sur St. John’s et ses environs.
Idée d'itinéraire – Terre-Neuve, Labrador et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon est un court extrait en format numérique tiré de la section « Les provinces canadiennes de l'Atlantique » du beau livre Ulysse « Amérique du Nord, 50 itinéraires de rêve ». Il suggère brièvement un itinéraire de 10 jours, de Corner Brook à St. John’s, en passant par L'Anse-au-Clair et Saint-Pierre.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Dense fog may pose a nautical hazard year-round.
Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.
Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
|* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.|
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Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in North America. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in North America, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.
Canada and France are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in France to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and French authorities.
Although France recognizes dual citizenship, dual citizens are considered French citizens and are subject to French laws. Consult our publication entitled Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know for more information.
The currency in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon is the euro (EUR).
This destination is not prone to natural disasters.