Saint Pierre is the capital of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Visitors to Saint Pierre may think they are in France, although in reality they are only 25 kilometers from Newfoundland, Canada. In the capital city, the French blue, white and red flag flies high, authentic French accents are overheard in the winding streets and Gendarmes guard De Gaulle Square. The interesting mix of French and Canadian influences makes visiting St. Pierre a true delight.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is between July and October, where temperatures are above 10 ° C and rainfall is less frequent.
Top Places to Visit in Saint Pierre
1. l’Arche Musée
The fascinating history of St. Pierre and Miquelon comes alive at the l’Arche Musée. Visitors go back in time to prehistory through the influential industrial fishing period by exploring archives and artifacts, including a menacing guillotine.
2. St. Pierre’s Heritage Museum
The well-curated collection at St. Pierre’s Heritage Museum offers more insight into the islands’ history. Housed in a century-old building, the museum’s permanent collection showcases life on the islands during the 19th century through ten different theme rooms. Highlights include a recreation of a typical classroom, a communications room stocked with antique cameras, radios, typewriters and records, a hospital room with a recreated doctor’s office and operating table, a fishery exhibit with an authentic dory and a collection of items detailing the prohibition era.
3. St. Pierre’s Harbor
Visitors are not permitted to enter the automated lighthouse, but the beautiful grounds provide a scenic backdrop for picnics. The nearby Pointe aux Canons Battery is also worth exploring. The battery is on the site of a much older fort that from 1690 to 1713 protected the islands from British raids.
4. St. Pierre Post Office
The St. Pierre Post Office is one of the most eye-catching buildings in the capital. The early-20th century building is marked by a clock tower shaped like a praying monk. Général de Gaulle square is the post office’s next door neighbor, and locals often gather there to relax, socialize and enjoy people-watching on sunny days.
There are only a few restaurants in the city, and reservations are highly recommended. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by French dishes, but menus also regularly feature fresh seafood caught just off the harbor.