Located only 25 km off the coast of Newfoundland, St-Pierre-and-Miquelon is a self-governing territory of France that is frequented by residents of Atlantic Canada. The islands present a great option to experience French culture without having to travel to Europe, so travellers can experience the pastry shops, quaint streets and cafes that France has to offer without the long flight. Even though you are only a short distance away from Canada, travel insurance is essential to ensure you are protected during your trip.
Travel advice for trips to St-Pierre-and-Miquelon
Unlike most countries, St-Pierre-and-Miquelon does not require that Canadians present a passport to enter the country for trips of up to 90 days. However, valid government-issued identification, such as a driver’s licence, is required. A passport is required if you plan on staying for longer than 90 days.
Since the country is still under French control, it is a member of the European Union, and the euro is the accepted currency on the islands. The Canadian and US dollars are also accepted by many vendors on the islands.
The country is not known for natural disasters; however, dense fog in June and July poses a hazard for those travelling by sea. The average temperature during the summer is about 16°C.
Tourist sights in St-Pierre-and-Miquelon
The territory is divided into the smaller island of St-Pierre, where the majority of local residents live, and the larger island of Miquelon-Langlade. French is the official language, but English is also spoken by many residents, especially those who are part of the tourist industry. Most of the tourist sights can be seen on foot, and many tourists rent bicycles to get around the country.
On the island of St-Pierre, check out the L’Arche Museum, Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, Pointe aux Canons Battery, the war memorial, the fort and if you are visiting during the right time of the year, check out the Basque Festival and Bastille Day. If you are visiting Miquelon-Langlade, be sure to check out l'Étang de Mirande, a walking trail that leads to a lookout and waterfall.
Travel insurance for St-Pierre-and-Miquelon
Avoid making the mistake thinking that since you are close to Canada, you can skip travel insurance for your trip to St-Pierre-and-Miquelon. You never know when you may need travel assistance, especially when you’re on an island. With Blue Cross, you will have access to travel assistance services 24/7, ensuring you get the help you need, when you need it. Get a free quote for vacation travel insurance today!
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