Peugeots, Renaults and Citroëns drive down the road. ATMs spit out euros. The French flag snaps crisply in a strong west-Atlantic Ocean breeze. And it’s all just 25 kilometres from Newfoundland. Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France, offers a real taste of Europe in North America, yet many Canadians likely never consider it a tourist destination.
Before you take in the sights and sounds of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, read these eight travel tips.
- No passport required. Canadian citizens visiting the islands need only an official government-issued photo ID.
- Locals speak European French, though many are also fluent in English.
- The euro is used on the island, although Canadian currency is accepted by most businesses. Expect change in euros. There is no tax.
- Most businesses close between noon and 1:30 p.m. daily, and most shops are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
- Reservations are recommended at restaurants.
- Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are part of UTC-3 time zone, meaning they are 30 minutes ahead of Newfoundland, two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- Electrical outlets on the island are 220 volts. Canadians should bring adaptors for their electronic devices.
- There are no car rentals available on the islands.
For more information on Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, visit spm-tourisme.fr.