Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Welcome to Saint Pierre and Miquelon
For a little slice of France, just off the coast of Newfoundland, head to Saint Pierre and Miquelon. With their small-town feel, both islands are decidedly French, from their baguettes to their French cars. Take the ferry from Fortune and spend a couple of days enjoying the European-Canadian architecture, colorful shops and French cuisine.
Get lost on winding cobblestone alleys and pick up a souvenir or two. Take a coastal walk past a subarctic meadow and glimpse marine mammals in the wild. Later, share a “le verre de l’amitié,” what locals call a “friendship glass” in a local bar and toast to your good fortune in discovering these charming isles.
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Need To Know
- You might hear of Langlade Island while you’re visiting Saint Pierre and Miquelon. The largest of the two islands is actually Miquelon-Langlade, with the two being connected by a small, sandy isthmus, the Dune de Langlade.
- There is very little vegetation on the islands and the highest point is just 787 feet high.
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon is the first place in North America to celebrate the New Year.
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon were first occupied by the French in 1604. They were considered vitally important for their proximity to the Grand Banks and were the center of the French Atlantic cod fisheries.
- Al Capone was one of several mobsters who used the islands in their alcohol smuggling efforts during the 1920s and the American prohibition.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon’s official language is French.
When To Go
The best time to go to Saint Pierre and Miquelon is between July and October.
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The CDC recommends the following vaccine for all travelers when visiting Saint Pierre and Miquelon: Measles and routine vaccinations. Most travelers should receive Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: type E. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 50Hz.
Official local currency: Euro
Be aware that there are no trains and roads between communities in Greenland. Your transportation will be via airplane, ferry, helicopter, ship or dog sled.
A valid US driver’s license is required.
US Embassy Info
Consulate General of The United States Of America
1969 Upper Water Street
Purdy’s Wharf Tower II
B3J 3R7, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Local Visitor Info
Tourist Office of Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Place du Général de Gaulle
St. Pierre & Miquelon
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 112
Safety and Security
The crime rate is low in Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
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