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Holidays in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Understanding Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint-Pierre was a site for settlement by the French in the early 17th century, later abandoned under the Treaty of Utrecht, and returned to France in 1763 at the end of the Seven Years War As well, the islands became a place of refuge for Acadian deportees from Nova Scotia Saint-Pierre figures frequently in North American British-French relations As well, it profited heavily from US Prohibition, which did not affect this area, part of France It was depopulated and repopulated frequently, and now remains the last vestige of Imperial France within North America

Like its northern neighbour, Newfoundland, it is a key fishing centre close to the Grand Banks, some of the world's richest fishing grounds However, as in Newfoundland, the decline in cod stocks has seriously affected the fishery As a result, tourism is becoming increasingly important to the economy As a travel destination, St-Pierre et Miquelon is ideal for those interested in historical and cultural discovery, eco-tourism and the French language Beyond its history, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon is a wonderful destination because of its mild refreshing climate, its beautiful landscapes, the quality of the air and the warmth of its inhabitants

As a part of France, the area has much in common with Europe, but also with its Canadian and American neighbours

Tourist information

Comité Régional du Tourisme Tourism Office

Place du Général de Gaulle BP 4274 F97500 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Tel + 508 41 02 00 Fax + 508 41 33 55

Talking in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

The French spoken in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is very similar to that spoken in Normandy, Brittany, and Paris The islanders are quite proud of their linguistic heritage

Due to its proximity to English-speaking Canada, Saint-Pierre has become a popular destination for anglophone students wishing to become immersed in French language and culture

The islands have a specialized language teaching facility named the FrancoForum, owned and operated by the local government in Saint-Pierre Staffed by professional French instructors, the institute offers a variety of courses for both students and teachers wishing to improve their fluency

The FrancoForum is best known for hosting Le Programme Frecker, a 3-month French immersion program offered to students at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada The program, which began in 1975, was originally housed in a small building at the center of town In 2000, an agreement was reached with the Conseil Général in Saint-Pierre to relocate the program to the newly built FrancoForum

What to see in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

  • Pigeon Island nature reserve - just north of Gros Islet, the park has some of the oldest buildings on StLucia and affords views across to Martinique

What to do in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

  • The Sulfur Springs - just south of Soufriere, these hot springs are one of the main attractions on the island There is a pool that the hot water runs through, so make sure to take your swimming trunks and go for a dip!
  • Rainforest hikes - there are several offical hiking routes on the island The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries 5 site has links to information about the ones they support
  • Climbing the Gros Piton is an achievable goal for most people The trailhead begins at an elevation of about 600 feet approx 180 m above sea level and requires about two hours of moderate to strenuous hiking to reach the summit of about 2600 feet approx 800 m above sea level A further 1-and-a-half hours are needed to descend Guides are required and entrance costs $30 US Taxis or local buses can be used to reach the trail head
  • Snorkeling is popular and a number of beaches are suitable

Buying stuff in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Like the rest of France, the official currency is the euro, but in Saint-Pierre, it is also common for Canadian & American dollars to be accepted by merchants Also, you will find that nearly everything is on the expensive side, with the notable exceptions of wine and cigarettes

Food and eating in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

French cuisine is standard in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Those who love seafood should look into the Seafood Festival that is held every year in mid-August in the small town of Miquelon

Drinking in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

St Lucia has fantastic Rum Punch It's hard to go wrong Highly recommended:

  • Chairman's Reserve cask-aged dark rum
  • Crystal Lime clear rum infused with lime

Most bars will have both, even at the smaller resorts

In addition to rums, Piton Lager beer is brewed and bottled on the island and is quite good although it has a slightly higher alcohol content than most American beers It's usually offered in eight ounce bottles, often for $1 US

Also seen in coolers: Heineken, Champagne, Wine, Water, Coke usually $1 US

Accommodation in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Both islands have a number of hotels, B&Bs, and rental apartments, though none are large — only a couple of establishments on Saint Pierre have more than a dozen rooms, so be sure to book in advance Expect to pay around €35-50 for budget accommodations, €70-80 for a fancier grade

Cities in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

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