From the moment you step on to the islands, you’ll know you’re not in Canada anymore. Little Peugeots and Renaults cruise the roads while ATM’s spit out euros. French flags flap in the wind and suddenly everyone speaks French. It’s a true taste of France just twenty-five kilometres from Newfoundland. Most people, including Canadians, have no idea that “Europe” is so close.
St. Pierre & Miquelon is a self-governing French territory accessible by ferry from Newfoundland or by plane from St. John’s, Halifax, Montreal, and even Paris. You’ll find baguettes, croissants, and Bordeaux. The time zone is different, the electrical outlets are different, and if you leave your cell phone on, you’ll be charged international rates.
There are essentially two islands – Saint Pierre and Miquelon. St. Pierre is the smaller island but is the most populated and developed, with approximately 5500 residents. Miquelon is much bigger in size but has only 600 residents or so, making it far wilder. There’s also Langlade, which is connected to Miquelon by a beautiful sand bar. No one lives here but there are some summer cabins. Both Miquelon and Langlade are great for exploring the landscape, hiking, and bird-watching, while Saint Pierre is better if you’re looking for that “french town” feel, as well as history and culture. [Read more…] about Saint Pierre and Miquelon – North America’s France