Favorite thing: St. Pierre et Miquelon is a department of France. It is a number of islands. However, only two of these are occupied; St. Pierre and Miquelon. Miquelon is the larger. St. Pierre is the capitol. A ferry runs between them.
You can get to St. Pierre by a ferry from Fortune Newfoundland or a plane from St. John's, Newfoundland. When arriving you at St. Pierre must go through customs. Passports are necessary. The currency is the Euro, but US and Canadian money are accepted.
There are about 5-6000 people on the island of St. Pierre with about 2 1/2 thousand vehicles; You can drive around the whole island in about 15 minutes. It is rocky and virtually treeless with sheep scattered around munching on the green grass.
The primary industry is fishing, followed by government. In "The Day", smuggling was an important occupation; Al Capone visited the island. And one of his straw hats is on display at the Hotel Robert.
For such a small place, the population is very affluent and the place has a vibrant nightlife. Most things are quite expensive. But being France, cigarettes and liquor are cheap. Whenever you buy something, get a packet of Gaulois cigarettes and some vin with it; Suddenly all seems cheap.
The people are curious, warm and friendly. St. Pierre and Miquelon is a "must see" for all.
- Whale Watching
The Transpacific Shipwreck
Favorite thing: On the North-East side of the island, the Transpacific Hull shifts every year due to strong gale winds and winter storms. This sculpture of rusted iron is visible for miles and makes for wonderful photography.
Favorite thing: This is Saint-Pierre's fourth cemetary. Located on a gentle slope, thousands of monuments are built above ground in a style unique in North America. The Cemetary is open at all times.
Please show respect when visiting
Favorite thing: The isthmus of Langlade- long, open beaches. No public bathrooms, though, just outhouses. so bring handi-wipes. road runs the length of isthmus, all the way to the Grand Barachois seal breeding ground.
- Hiking and Walking
The Post Office
Favorite thing: This is the post office on the island, it is apparently an Alsatian style of architecture.
It is a great place to go and send a post card!!!