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Vue plongeante sur la vallée des 7 étangs et, au loin, l'île aux Marins, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
© Madame Oreille - Vue plongeante sur la vallée des 7 étangs et, au loin, l'île aux Marins, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

Reading time: 0 minPublished on 11 January 2023, updated on 16 April 2024

The archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a paradise for photographers looking for beautiful landscapes. Each island offers hiking trails and panoramic viewpoints, each more photogenic than the next.

The isthmus

L'isthme du Grand Barachois, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
© Madame Oreille - L'isthme du Grand Barachois, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

The Langlade and Miquelon peninsulas are only connected by a thin strip of earth and sand. A small road runs along the beach, with the ocean on each side. You can see mountains rising in the background, in the mist. For a few minutes, the time to cross the isthmus, you feel alone in the world, the only sound being the waves.

Grand Colombier

Le Grand Colombier, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
© Madame Oreille - Le Grand Colombier, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

A small, well-marked hiking trail starts at the Frecker pond and crosses streams and peat bogs until the Grand Colombier appears, on the northern tip of Saint Pierre. In season, the peak welcomes thousands of migratory birds.

The valley of La Cormorandière

Vallée de la Cormorandière, Cap Miquelon
© Madame Oreille - Vallée de la Cormorandière, Cap Miquelon

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hikes in the archipelago. Miquelon Cape offers a variety of rich and condensed landscapes: after crossing peat bogs and moors, let yourself be engulfed by the boreal forest and its twisted trees.

The Saint Pierre lighthouse

Le phare de Saint-Pierre
© Madame Oreille - Le phare de Saint-Pierre

Close to Pointe aux Canons stands the Lighthouse of Saint Pierre. In an archipelago populated by fishermen, where the mist can quickly divert you from your path and the sea can be cruel, the lighthouse is an essential landmark. Today, the wooden building is also one of the characteristic monuments of the archipelago.

Savoyard and the Diamant

Savoyard et le Diamant, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
© Madame Oreille - Savoyard et le Diamant, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

From the Diamant, look at the houses of Savoyard, the new district that allows the city of Saint Pierre to expand a little. It is a day of stormy weather—the island is covered by the mist. A light drizzle is falling. The Diamant is a boardwalk appreciated by the residents of Saint Pierre, but today, not surprisingly, you would not see anyone. This weather is perfect to stay inside and drink hot chocolate, and yet watching the clouds dance with the mountains is fascinating. The mist is particularly photogenic here.

The wreck of the Transpacific

L'épave du Transpacific, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
© Madame Oreille - L'épave du Transpacific, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

An island-wide folktale, the residents of Saint Pierre will gladly tell you the story of this shipwreck, and how the first jukebox arrived in Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Indeed, the freighter was trapped by the mist and a stone bank. The ship, stuck not far from the coast, was then emptied before being burned (to avoid pollution of the surrounding waters). From the cargo ship, only the rusty nose remains carried by the waves to a small bay on Île aux Marins.

The cemetery of Île aux Marins

Le cimetière de l'île aux Marins, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
© Madame Oreille - Le cimetière de l'île aux Marins, à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

Île aux Marins is a must-see visit in Saint Pierre and Miquelon. The beautiful colorful houses bear witness to the glorious past of the site. Today, the island is no more than a place for vacationing and walking, but 600 people lived there at the end of the 19th century, during the heyday of cod fishing. Then, it was a large port and the island was very busy. Several of the houses on the island are listed as must-see sights, full of history.

Vue sur Saint-Pierre
© Madame Oreille - Vue sur Saint-Pierre

During your stay, you can follow a little ritual: get up at dawn and climb the hills overlooking Saint Pierre to admire the sunrise over the city. One morning, you can try another point of view and go to see the lighthouse, to compare the "aube" from each vantage. Our conclusion: the most beautiful sunrise is up there, by the lighthouse. You can see the city, still asleep, slowly waking up while the sun appears behind Île aux Marins. It is also the best place to see how compact the city of Saint Pierre is, built between the ocean and the mountains. A road leads to the belvedere of Anse à Pierre, but to fully enjoy the view, nothing beats the small paths that go up the hill to the summit.

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