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Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon: 5 outings that will thrill children and adults alike

More than 4,000 kilometres from mainland France, off the coast of Canada, the archipelago of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon is a unique little corner of France, where the Basque beret and Breton crêpes are part of the lifestyle. It is also an excellent destination for families: sea excursions, nature walks and museum visits... There’s no lack of variation to captivate both young and old!
At sea with the birds

To discover this island chain, what could be better than a sojourn at sea? Through July and August, the Municipal School of Sailing offers trips almost every day aboard an inflatable dinghy. Departing from Saint-Pierre, the 1h30 or 3h trips are accompanied by commentary on the geology, culture and history of the archipelago. Each journey will include the discovery of Grand Colombier, a secret island and nature reserve which is a sanctuary for many species of birds and penguins.
The Saint-Pierre Municipal Sailing School (External link) (French only)

Seal Spotting at Grand Barachois lagoon
Seal spotting, an activity that everyone will love.

Come and meet the seals... A walk with appeal for all ages! From the island of Miquelon, under the guidance of a Phoca Association guide, set sail for the Grand Barachois lagoon: 9 km² of deep blue waters populated by ducks, as well as grey seals that you can see lounging on the sandbanks at low tide.

Eco-walks in Miquelon

Peat bogs and coniferous forests, dunes and lagoons... expand your understanding of the diverse natural environments of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon at the Maison de l’Environnement in Miquelon. After experiencing the permanent interactive exhibition, you’ll be au fait with the history, geology, climate and biodiversity of the archipelago! Finish your visit with one of the guided eco-walks to discover the fauna and flora, especially in the beautiful valley of the Cormorandière.

Fishermen’s heritage on the Ile aux Marins
Ile aux Marins is a haven of wildlife and tranquility.

Abandoned since the 1960s, this small island was once the stronghold of fishermen whose speciality was dried fish. Today it is a haven of tranquillity best explored on a guided tour from Saint-Pierre organised by the L’Arche Musée et Archives. Visitors to the island will discover the Museum Archipelitude, situated in several authentic buildings on the island including the old school. The museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts and photos from the past.

Stories of yesteryear at the Heritage Museum in Saint-Pierre
Immerse yourself in the history of the archipelago at the Heritage Museum.

The location alone is well worth the detour: a beautiful 19th century emerald green building. But it’s not just for the looks that we recommend a visit to the Heritage Museum in Saint-Pierre, it’s also where you’ll find an incredible collection spread over 500m² and 10 rooms. This is a real dive into the history of the archipelago. Discover a classroom with slates and a pharmacy with vintage flasks. You’ll also see bottles of rum dating from the American prohibition of the 1930s – at that time bootlegging was a very lucrative activity for this string of islands where Al Capone himself came to stay!
The Heritage Museum in Saint-Pierre (External link)

Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon