Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon: what to do, what to see…

Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon is an island group of colourful houses off the coast of Canada. The group includes the islands of Saint-Pierre, Miquelon-Langlade, Île aux Marins and a handful of uninhabited islets. Here, the landscape is Nordic, the language is French, the festivals are Basque, the stamps are highly sought after and total relaxation is guaranteed... 

WHAT TO SEE

• The colourful wooden houses of Saint-Pierre

In Saint Pierre and Miquelon, the oldest houses date from the second half of the 19th century. Made of wood, they are usually painted with bright colors, tradition dating from the 50s. These facades attract the eye and make the pride of the inhabitants of the archipelago.

• The island of Grand Colombier

Located north of Saint-Pierre, the island of Grand Colombier is a natural reserve for migratory birds. There are several species present in large numbers.

• Cap Persé

This excursion will remind a little Etretat to those who know... the pleasures of an afternoon at sea, discovery of beautiful coastal landscapes, including the famous Cape pierced. On the program, a meeting with seals very curious to meet you...

• The L'Anse à Henry archaeological site on Saint-Pierre

The Anse à Henry trail is very well marked and there are benches along the route... At the second stop, stay on the same trail because the other route goes towards Cape Devil!

• L'Arche Museum & Archives in Saint-Pierre

L'Arche houses the Archives Department and the Museum of the Territorial Collectivité of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. Numerous meetings are available all year long (exhibitions, events, workshops, shows, conferences, etc.). What exciting young and old!

• The Île aux Marins and its Archipelitude Museum in Saint-Pierre

From Saint-Pierre, this museum houses a part of the collections of the Heritage Preservation Association of the Archipelago: old objects illustrating the customs of life and traditional know-how, in a historical atmosphere...

• The Grand Barachois lagoon on Miquelon

At the pace of the lagoon, here is an easy walk in the dune environment to the observatory of wildlife. Throughout the course, you will learn all about the local flora and fauna. A very unusual atmosphere, with many shore birds and seals waiting for you!

• The Cap de Miquelon nature reserve

The lovers of bucolic walks will love this path. It is also one of the busiest of the Archipelago, both by visitors and locals who come regularly to relax.

• The La Cormorandière valley in Miquelon

The valley of the Cormorandière never leaves indifferent. On the way, discover the breathtaking views, but also the fauna and flora, a natural heritage that is the wealth of the archipelago! The most beautiful of the valleys so they say...

• The Cap au Diable on Saint-Pierre

The start of this eco-walk is from the car park of the Pond Frecker. The path from Cap au Diable leads to Pond of Cap au Diable. The return is by the Anse à Dinan or the Telegraph Pond to return to the Etang Thélot car park.

WHAT TO DO

• Throw some shapes at the Dunfest festival in the dunes of Langlade

On the program of this must-see festival of the archipelago, musical entertainment by local artists, mechoui, giant campfire and various activities during the day and the evening. Next edition on July 26 and 27, 2019, in Langlade...

• Take part in one of the Basque festivals hosted in Saint-Pierre during August

For one week, every year in August, takes place this 100% Basque sports and cultural event. In 2019 will be held the 38th edition including many ball games (pelotta, pleone gum, jokogarbi, bare hand). On Sunday, visitors participate at the games and the day ends with a popular ball.

• Go horse riding in the hills of Miquelon

The history of Saint Pierre and Miquelon is studded with horses! They are found in freedom everywhere on the Archipelago, but especially in the "buttereaux". They group themselves naturally in herds. A real pleasure for photographers!

• Take a RIB trip to see the killer whales at any time of the year

A true natural sanctuary, the Archipelago is home to many species: seals, dolphins, whales and killer whales evolving between the islands in a breathtaking scenery with aurora borealis. Lovers of nature and powerful panoramas will be seduced!

• Sleep under the stars at Langlade

In search of tranquility, hiking and observation? With its landscapes of ponds, beaches and mountains as far as the eye can see, discover Miquelon-Langlade, a small paradise rich in flora and fauna. Come and contemplate this breathtaking nature and rejuvenate yourself...

• Enjoy a "coup de thé" bowl of tea at Les Délices de Joséphine

This tea room is more than just a tea room... In a chic and casual setting, you can enjoy delicious homemade pastries made from the finest ingredients. There are also perfumes, gifts, chocolates, fine wines... An institution!

• Run the Miquelon 25km race (less sporty types can just join in with the festivities)

This legendary race takes place on the last Saturday of June and the start is given at the southern end of the sandy isthmus that joins Miquelon to Langlade. After 200m (656.16 feet) of fine sand, competitors take a flat course through the Buttereaux, accompanied by wild horses...

• Haul in the lobster pots and eat your fill

You will have to get up very early to help raise lobster traps with local fishermen. This fishing is open until August 31 for professionals and boaters.

• Hoist the sails and follow the puffins

This highly recognizable pelagic bird nestles on the shores of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, on the Grand Colombier site. Threatened, it has become the French League symbol for the Birds Protection.

Getting to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon