When entering the harbour you will see a landmark. It is the Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse. It makes a great welcome to the area.It is automated and not open to the general public but you can walk over there. I remember getting lots of pictures from the boat when I arrived and upon departure.It's cool to see new lighthouses but I am spoiled by the...more
The Pointe aux Canons Battery is located just before the jetty to the lighthouse on the site of a much older fort that defended the Saint-Pierre & Miquelon islands during the British raids of 1690-1713. During the 19th century, this modern battery was established as a precautionary measure during the Crimean War.On the North-West side of the...more
Located near the inner harbour of Saint-Pierre, the General Charles de Gaulle Square is where the French Tricolor is raised on Bastille Day.General Charles de Gaulle Square is the center of festivity on Bastille Day with music, games, food and wine and a view of the Atlantic ocean that canot be beat.Several landmarks within the squarare of interest...more
The original Saint-Pierre Cathedral had been burned to the ground during the 1902 fire. It was rebuilt between 1905 and 1907 and is located on the same land as Saint-Pierre's original church from 1690. Saint-Pierre's Cathedral was built in the style of Basque churches with the featured upper galleries with stain glass windows close to 100 years...more
In the morning before we left St Pierre, we took a bus tour of the island. On the bus we saw most of the tourists we had crossed with the day prior (In St Pierre you'll quickly get to know EVERYONE). The trip was timed to connect to the ferry to the mainland, so it's a good way to end your staymore
OK - there's not too much to do on the island. Prepare to relax. But when we checked into our hotel we asked if there was a gym nearby. There was. we went and found a nicely equipped facility - at least for a small town. The problem: It was unlocked with no one anywhere in the facility. Since we couldn't find anyone to pay, we just decided to skip...more
16 rue Georges Daguerre, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
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42, rue Sourdeval, Saint-Pierre
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This small private museum is located in Saint-Pierre's Hotel Robert. Musée de la Prohibition is...more
Yummy. And never see the bottom of your wine glass again. Eventually we had to leave wine in the glass so they'd stop refilling it. One waiter just circled the room with a bottle of red in one hand, white in the other.Great food (French onion soup) and the best chocolate cake I have ever had or probably will ever have again.No ambiance, but we...more
Neat little place tucked in residental neighborhood. Seafaring theme...unsurprising I guess. Great food (says joe) learn some french before you order (says carrie). But you absolutely can't just walk in off the street. On that we agree. Baked salmon on a cedar shingle. With stringbeans wrapped in bacon and awesome potatoes. No really have some....more
Beautiful historic hotel and restaurant downtown St. Pierre We loved our meal here, but don't remember what it was. Order wine, though. This was the first time we decided not to, since we'd had wine with practically every meal. We asked for spring water, and the waitress plunked a 2 liter bottle in the middle of the table and acted very offended.more
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.
We were advised to make reservations for the ferry, but we traveled to the island on a Sunday in August, 2005 and the ferry was lightly booked. Considering only one trip a day is offered I doubt it fills up.When we went there was one daily trip offered at 2:45pm. In the non-summer season I believe only two trips a week are offered. The crossing...more
There are two main ways to travel to St Pierre: Fly or take the ferry from Newfoundland. We took (and recommend) the ferry on our journey, but flying is an optionThe only carrier to St Pierre is Air St Pierre - which operates from a beautiful new airport and terminal within walking distance of downtown (Although EVERYTHING is within walking...more
You won't realize it's there unless you're told - but there's a small mall within walking distance of downtown.It's a good place to buy snacks - something we actually had difficulty finding on a Sunday afternoon when everything was closedit's atthe far end of the harbour, behind the FrancoforumI'm not certain what the Francoforum is exactly, but...more
There's a small shop downtown on the main street heading up the up the hill from the harbour. It sells locally produced items (And there really aren't many of those). This includes locally made "wines". but.....this is deep in the heart of some very, very cold islands. This isn't normal wine. I imagine it's closest to what "bathtub gin" was during...more
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Built exclusively with panels of wood from Cutty Sark Whiskey Crates, this villa is a landmark from the era of American Prohibition. This building is privately owned and not open to the public. Tour operators will point it out during excursions.
Miquelon is a town of 700 inhabitants who's history and culture is intertwined with that of Acadia. Shortly after the Acadian deportation of 1755, hundreds of Acadian families sought refuge here. Today, the town of Miquelon is proud of its heritage, natural landmarks and history.
Since many Saint-Pierrais and Miquelonnais are of Basque Heritage, Basque tradtions abound adding to the local flavor. A type of handball called Pelote basque, a traditional Basque sport, is played against this massive outdoor wall. Zazpiak Bat is Basque for "The Seven Make One", this refers to the seven Basque Provinces located in Spain: Alava,...more
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....more