The 10 most beautiful places to visit in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

Fancy a trip to the other side of the world? Discover the 10 most beautiful places to visit in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, a little piece of France off the coast of Canada!

Looking for a breath of fresh air? Welcome to a photographer’s and hiker’s paradise! Off the North American mainland, three main islands and a few uninhabited islets make up the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. This overseas collectivity, a true land of fishermen in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, has a population of just over 6,000. Authentic and colorful, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Langlade are the only two communes in the archipelago, and nature is never far away. In fact, flora and fauna are omnipresent in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon! Animals reign supreme in its dense forests, valleys and deserted sandy beaches. Looking for nature and tranquility? Don’t wait any longer to discover the 10 most beautiful places to visit in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon!

The island of Saint-Pierre

1. L’Anse à Henry

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : l'Anse à Henry

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L’Anse à Henry lies to the north of Saint-Pierre, one of the archipelago’s main islands. This natural site is steeped in history. As evidenced by the 5,000-year-old material remains found on site, the site has been occupied by Amerindian and Paleo-Eskimo civilizations.

You can explore this exceptional site after a 45-minute walk along the signposted path of the same name. But it’s the superb scenery and unobstructed views of the Grand Colombier islet that make this walk so popular.

2. Pointe aux Canons lighthouse

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : Le Phare de la Pointe aux Canons

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The Pointe aux Canons lighthouse in Saint-Pierre harbor is a must-see on the island. In fact, you won’t be able to miss it if you arrive by sea. Its jetty offers a lovely view of the town. As a symbol, this photogenic red-and-white lighthouse is featured on many postcards illustrating Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

3. Saltworks

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : les salines

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Are you a keen photographer? Don’t miss the Saint-Pierre saltworks if you’re planning a visit to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon! Originally, these small, colorful fishermen’s huts were used to store salt and salted fish, as well as fishing gear.

One of them has now been converted into a small museum, while the others serve as meeting points or continue to house the equipment of local fishermen. Their bright colors contrast with the landscape, especially on foggy days, giving the place an almost magical atmosphere. As a bonus, you may be lucky enough to come across a dory, the traditional wooden fishing boat.

4. The town of Saint-Pierre

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : Saint-Pierre

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Saint-Pierre, the capital of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, is home to almost 90% of the archipelago’s population. Surrounded by nature, the small town stands out with its streets and alleys adorned with brightly-colored wooden houses. Not unlike the traditional houses of Scandinavia and Canada.

With the majority of its inhabitants descendants of Breton, Norman and Basque settlers, it’s not uncommon to come across a Basque pelota court. « Atypical and authentic » perfectly describes this village-like town!

5. Le Grand Colombier

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : le Grand Colombier

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Le Grand Colombier is an uninhabited islet off Saint-Pierre, but also a nature reserve. If you haven’t already done so, you can now add it to your list of the most beautiful places to visit in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon!

Are you passionate about nature, especially wildlife? Although uninhabited, this 1.2 km-long sanctuary is home to thousands of migratory birds. In the right season, you’re likely to spot puffins and razorbills. Keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, dolphins and rorquals, which sometimes appear offshore!

Exploring Grand Colombier also means enjoying breathtaking views of the islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Langlade. If you’ve ever wondered what the end of the world might look like, this big rock is a foretaste.

The island of Miquelon-Langlade

6. The isthmus

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : l'isthme de Langlade

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A view from the sky allows us to observe the unique and spectacular landscape of the sandy isthmus linking the south of Miquelon (Grande Miquelon) to the north of Langlade (Petite Miquelon). Approximately 12 km long, this vast stretch of wilderness is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Grand Barachois lagoon on the other. From yellow to white, red to green, its colors change with the seasons. Dune vegetation and peat bogs flourish on this stretch of land.

After crossing the cordon of dunes at Les Buttereaux, you can continue your walk to the Sauveur marsh, the Grand Barachois lagoon, the Observatoire de la Faune and finally, the shores of Le Goulet.

The isthmus of Miquelon-Langlade and the Grand Barachois are ideal sites for observing wildlife. The immense shallow lagoon of the Grand Barachois lies to the north of the isthmus. In this peaceful setting, numerous species of shorebird, such as snipe and piping plover, mingle with horses in semi-liberty, as well as seals. The latter regularly come to bask at low tide.

7. Cap de Miquelon

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : Cap de Miquelon

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Wondering what to visit in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon? Head to the north-west of Grande Miquelon to discover a rich nature reserve. It’s hard to say what fascinates you most about Cap Miquelon: its grandiose scenery of high cliffs overlooking the ocean, or its colony of birds of prey (bald eagles, merlin falcons…)? Certainly both.

But it’s also possible to indulge in the joys of hiking on this desert peninsula. Peat bogs, moors, boreal forest, cliffs… a variety of curious landscapes will pass before your eyes during this walk of almost three hours. The highlight is undoubtedly the view over the Cormorandière valley, which is also one of the most beautiful places to see on the archipelago. Along the way, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the foxes or white-tailed deer that inhabit the area.

8. The Cormorandière valley

Cap de Miquelon

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A visit to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon means exploring unspoilt areas and enjoying breathtaking views. Because, in case you were still in any doubt, this archipelago boasts an exceptional natural heritage!

The Cormorandière valley hides two lakes where the white-tailed deer present on the island sometimes come to drink. The sight is definitely worth the detour. Islanders rightly call it « the most beautiful of valleys ».

L’île aux Marins

9. The panorama from the cemetery

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : Île-aux-Marins

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From Saint-Pierre, you can reach the fascinating Ile aux Marins in just five minutes by boat. Time seems to have stood still on this wild islet. Once inhabited by some 600 people, including cod fishermen, the island is now mainly a place for strolling.

All that remains of this past, however, is a church and a few wooden houses, which are still occupied during the good season, from May to September. Two hours may be enough to walk around this islet, unless you’d like to enjoy the special atmosphere of the place for longer.

10. The wreck of the Transpacific

Visiter Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : le Transpacific

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Along the coast of Ile aux Marins, the wreck of a ship lies on the beach. According to the name inscribed on the carcass, it was the Transpacific. In fact, this large German steam freighter was on its way from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was reported to have run aground off Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon during a storm on May 18, 1971. There were no injuries among the 11 passengers on board. The story goes that, before leaving the ship for good, the captain held a grand last supper. The inhabitants of Saint-Pierre then came to salvage the goods from the holds. Finally, the ship was set on fire to limit oil pollution. The nose of the Transpacific was washed ashore on Ile aux Marins.

The wreck of the Transpacific is well worth a visit if you happen to be on Île aux Marins during your stay in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

We wish you a wonderful trip to the islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon!

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