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Saint Pierre and Miquelon Travel

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean south of Newfoundland, the Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon is made up of two main islands – Saint-Pierre and Miquelon , and a group of smaller islands surrounding Saint Pierre Island - Grand Colombier, Petit Colombier, Île aux Vainqueurs, Île aux Pigeons and Ile aux Marins (Ile aux Chiens). The archipelago is the only territory under French control left of the former colonial empire of New France.

Saint Pierre and Miquelon Travel

The most distinctive landmark of Saint-Pierre, the capital, is definitely Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, painted in bright red and white colors. Near the light house is a battery dating back to the Crimean war. Although the lighthouse isn't open for public, the jetty on which it is standing is easily accessible and from there you can take beautiful photos of the lighthouse.

The original Saint-Pierre Cathedral from 1609 had burned down in 1902. It was rebuilt on the same spot between 1905 and 1907 in the style of Basque churches. Stain glass windows of the upper galeries are over 100 years old, except for those located in the transept that were a gift from General Charles de Gaulle.

Since fishing has always been an important aspect of life around here, the Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Government built the Les Salines or Fishing Stations a few feet from Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse. On a site of a much older fort that used to defend Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Islands during the British raids of 1690-1713 is the Pointe aux Canons Battery. The battery was established during the Crimean War in the 19 th century as a precaution.

Saint Pierre travel information

General Charles de Gaulle Square, set near the inner harbor of Saint-Pierre, is a center of Bastille Day festival, when the French tricolor is raised. Interesting landmarks of the square are the Old Fountain and the Gazebo, as well as the Saint-Pierre Post Office clock tower in a shape of a praying monk.

There are tours from Saint-Pierre, such as the one to the Ghost Town on the island of Ile aux Marins. Hitchhiking and birdwatching is also possible. The town of Miquelon was a shelter for hundreds of Acadian families seeking refuge after Acadian deportation in 1755. Miquelon doesn't have many attractions, but there are a few things to be seen; a beautiful wooden church, Phare du Cap Blanc lighthouse and amazing scenery of the norhernmost point of the Miquelon Island – the Cap.

There's an international airport on the Saint-Pierre Island . Another way of getting here is by taking a bus or driving your car to Fortune Newfoundland , where you can take a ferry over to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Islands . Sailing to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon during the summer is great idea and can be a lot of fun. The easiest way of getting around towns is by foot, although there are taxi tours and scooter and car rentals.

Because of the location, the weather tends to be windy and damp. The winters are long and the temperatures in spring and summer are cooler, bringing fog and rain. Late summer and early fall might be the best time to visit, since the weather is mild and sunny.

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