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Saint Pierre and Miquelon

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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 - the smaller island, the only significantly populated town (the capital), and the central area of activity.
  • Miquelon - the larger island (actually three of them, connected by drifted sand) and village, Basque and Acadian history, and a large amount of wildlife, small farming operations and summer homes.


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.

Tourist information

  • Tourism Office (Comité Régional du Tourisme), Place du Général de Gaulle, ? +508 410200, fax: +508 413355.

Get in

Although Saint Pierre and Miquelon are territories of France, they are not part of the 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.

By plane

Air service to Saint-Pierre is available via Air Saint-Pierre through:

  • St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Montréal and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec

Air Saint Pierre operates non-stop flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in July and August only; these cost €550-580/person (one way) and run once a week. There are no other flights to Saint Pierre FSP IATA and Miquelon MQC IATA from anywhere but Canada.

As Canada does not allow sterile transit, travel to Saint Pierre and Miquelon requires a multiple-entry Canadian Visa or eTA, even for passengers who would otherwise enjoy visa free entry to Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

By car

The passenger-only Cabestan was withdrawn on May 26, 2018 and replaced with two new ferries at a cost of $25 million. These ferries should have been able to carry vehicles, but a lack of adequate port facilities at Fortune, Newfoundland has left them unable to load or unload cars. Fortune's port authority, a group of volunteer fishermen, do not have the estimated $2 million required (after federal and provincial subsidies) to build the necessary facilities - and, even if funding were available, the entire season would be over before suitable docks could be in place.

By bus

DRL Coachlines (+1 888 738 8091) and Newhook's Transportation (+1 709 726-4876) operate on the Trans-Canada Highway between St. John's and Port-aux-Basques. Disembark a short time after Clarenville to head southwest towards Fortune and the ferry to Saint-Pierre.

By boat

  • SPM Ferries, ? +508 41-08-75. Ferries SUROÎT and NORDET cross from Fortune, Newfoundland to St. Pierre, Miquelon or Longlade. SP, one-way: €45/adult, €40/senior, €35/child + €10/bicycle.

Get around

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.

Due to its proximity to English-speaking CanadaSaint-Pierre has become a popular destination for Anglophone students wishing to become immersed in French language and culture.

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 programme 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.

Stay safe

There is little crime in Saint Pierre and Miquelon and this destination should be considered one of the safest possible in North America.

Unlike virtually everywhere else in North America, the power mains voltage is mostly 220 V. If you're from a 110-120 V country, note that a euro-plug adaptor doesn't reduce the voltage, and so will cause your appliance to burn out quickly. See the Electrical systems article for more information. Note that a few bed & breakfast inns have 110 V with North American outlets, though the frequency is still 50 Hz which can effect clocks and motors.

Stay healthy

Saint Pierre and Miquelon pose few health threats. The weather is often 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.

Saint Pierre et Miquelon, St Pierre: Including its History, The Grand Barachois Lagoon, and More

Sam Night

Discover Saint Pierre like never before. Whether you are a first time traveler or avid visitor of this region of the world, this book is the perfect guide for you. Read about all the amazing surprises you could find while strolling in the city and all the must see places. Included in this book are the Saint-Pierre Cathedral, La Dune, Lewis Hills, the Anguille Mountains, and everything in between. With content from a huge community of contributors, you get the convenience and security of a real print travel guide, but with fresh data and content. Earth Eyes Destinations represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as we increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge.

The Saint Pierre & Miquelon Travel Journal

Younghusband World Travel Journals

"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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Itinéraire Terre-Neuve, Labrador et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (French Edition)

Collectif Ulysse

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.

Saint Pierre & Miquelon Travel Journal, Pop. 5,831 + Me

Dragon Dragon Travel Journals

There is always room for you in Saint Pierre & Miquelon!

Here’s the Dragon Dragon Travel Journal deal.

You wander the world having adventures, and such. Dragon Dragon provides you with 200 pages to document your travels, discoveries and insights. That’s it. Simple. Beautiful. True.

To help keep things organized, we’ve given each journal a unique continent, country or city name.

Wherever you go in this life, a Dragon Dragon Travel Journal can help make the going better and the remembering easier!

Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (French Edition)

Benoit Prieur

Partez à la découverte de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, avec ce chapitre extrait du guide Ulysse Explorez 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.

Explorez Terre-Neuve et Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (French Edition)

Benoit Prieur

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.

A Voyage to Newfoundland

Julien Thoulet

In his translation of Thoulet's travelogue, Scott Jamieson remains faithful to the elegance and wit of the original. A Voyage to Newfoundland is full of intriguing detail about the landscape, local culture, origins of place names, flora, oceanography, and state of the French fishery. Several chapters are devoted to the fisheries and controversies over their exploitation - including ominous signs of early failure of the inshore cod fishery.

L'aventure à Terre-Neuve (BIBLIOMNIBUS) (French Edition)

Dominique LE BRUN, Loïc JOSSE

Modestes pêcheurs et grands aventuriers, les terre-neuvas racontent.Pierre, Louis, René, Guillaume... ils n'étaient pas des pêcheurs comme les autres. Embarqués à moins de quinze ans, ils ont passé la moitié de leur vie dans les eaux glacées qui s'étendent entre l'Islande et Terre-Neuve. Ils connaissaient l'excitation du poisson qui mord et l'orgueil du retour les cales pleines, mais aussi, surtout, les mers démontées, les tempêtes de neige, la mort tapie dans la brume. On les appelait les " bagnards de l'océan " ou les " galériens des brumes ". Pourtant leurs souvenirs laissent une large place à la gaieté, à l'émotion, et même à la nostalgie. On comprend pourquoi, à écouter leurs voix d'hommes simples et dignes. D'anecdotes en portraits, ils racontent une aventure comme il n'en existera plus jamais Présenté par Dominique Le Brun

Exercise normal security precautions

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.

Water sports

Dense fog may pose a nautical hazard year-round.

General safety information

Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.


Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

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

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 Vaccination

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.
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
  • Vaccination is not recommended.

Food and Water-borne Diseases

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!


Insects and Illness

In some areas in North America, certain insects carry and spread diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.



There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals and Illness

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.


Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Good medical care is widely available.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

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.

Dual citizenship

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.

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