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Saint-Pierre

Travel Guide North America Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint-Pierre

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Introduction

Saint-Pierre is the capital and largest settlement of the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. It is located on the island of Saint Pierre which is the smallest but has more inhabitants and about 5500 people live in the city itself. It is also the island located closest to Newfoundland in Canada, from where there are boats and a few flights as well. Although it is not full with great sights and activities, Saint-Pierre offers a unique mix of France and the North Atlantic and a walk along its sometimes narrow streets, squares and churches makes for a somehow strange experience in this part of the world.

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Weather

The climate in Saint Pierre is a cool marine one, with rarely any warm and sunny days. Winters are cold and long, lasting from October to April. Temperatures are somewhat tempered by the surrounding waters, but can still drop well below zero, both during the day and night. Snowfall occurs during this time as well. Sping and early summer are still quite cool and foggy. Late summer and early fall (August and September) are quite warm, sunny and dry.
Rainfall is possible during most months though, and averages around 1500 mm a year. Average temperatures range from -10 degrees Celcius in winter to around 20 degrees Celcius in summer, with relatively little variation between day and night compared to neighbouring mainland Canada.

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Getting There

By Plane

Air Saint Pierre flies to and from Saint Pierre Airport (FSP) and there are international flights to several Canadian cities like Halifax, St. John's and Montreal.

By Boat

SPM Express operates ferries between Fortune in Newfoundland and Labrador and Saint Pierre. It also connects Saint Pierre with Miquelon.

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