These small islands 28 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland, belong to France, and reflect French culture in all its detail, from architecture, to food, mentality, and commerce.
Originally, they were fishing outposts, and even today this commercial activity represents a good portion of their GDP (Gross Domestic Product), although both tourism (mainly form Newfoundland) and teaching French to Anglophones have become viable income sources.
Both islands are politically French overseas districts with a population close to 7000.
Breton, Norman, and Basque settlers have been living here for five centuries and remained distinctly French. Restaurants serve French-inspired food, French wine is aplenty, and so are liquor and beer.
Through the lively streets of Saint-Pierre in the summer, its downtown quaint harbour and Ile Aux Marins (Sailor’s Island), you can witness history tied to the sea.
Miquelon and Langlade, due to their size and landscape, offer more open space with a versatile and fertile nature.
The cliffs of the cape in Miquelon, the Belle Riviere (Lowely River) in Langlade and Grande Barachois (Big Lagoon) where seals and migratory birds frolic, offer magical moments.
At night you can enjoy music, lively conversation in bars, bistros, and restaurants.
Guided tours help tourists discover and appreciate the archipelago.
The tourist office in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon is well staffed with enthusiastic and knowledgeable young employees eager to help tourists.