While incentive travel is making a comeback, companies are opting for destinations that involve short-haul travel. In North America and Europe, one destination that is ideal for small groups but frequently overlooked is Saint-Pierre et Miquelon. On the map, these 2 tiny islands appear to be in Canada. They are actually part of France. Located off the coast of Newfoundland, St. Pierre has a population of 6,500 while Miquelon has 700 residents.
There are 5 museums that provide insight into the area's history. Ecole Municipale de Voile de Saint-Pierre gives sailing lessons to introduce visitors to the island's maritime tradition. Tours take groups around Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and to nearby Ile aux Marins, and Langlade. At the Grand Barachois lagoon visitors can see wild horses and seals.
Where to Stay
St. Pierre has 3 hotels; Hotel Robert "Hotel du Vieux Port", Auberge Saint-Pierre (9 Rooms), and Hotel Les Iris (14 Rooms). The largest hotel, Hotel Robert "Hotel du Vieux Port", has about 43 rooms. Built during Prohibition when tourism and bootlegging were thriving, the hotel's website identifies Al Capone as one of its famous guests. In Miquelon, Motel de Miquelon has opened recently.
Enjoy gourmet French cuisine and seafood at L'Atelier Gourmand, Auberge Quatre-temps, and Ongi-Etorri, and crepes at La Creperie du Vieux Port.
How to Get There
Air St. Pierre has regularly scheduled flights from Montreal, Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John's, Newfoundland. During the summer, a ferry operates from Fortune, Newfoundland. Canadian citizens and foreign nationals with Canadian identification are exempt from passport and visa requirements if they enter St. Pierre directly from Canada.