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Introduction

Miquelon is an island and village in Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

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Geography

Miquelon's coastline includes numerous sand and pebbles beaches enclosing lagoons, as well as high rocky cliffs standing up to 25 metres on the east coast. Its geology consists of slightly metamorphosed post-Ordovician volcanic rocks, mainly rhyolites with breccias, andesites and basalts. On the south of the Miquelon Island is a large lagoon known as the Grand Barachois, which is host to a large population of seals and other wildlife. Miquelon is also a well known destination for bird watching.

Miquelon is connected to Le Cap by a tombolo 3 kilometres long and in places less than 100 metres wide. To the south, Miquelon is connected to Langlade Island by a sandy isthmus that formed in the 18th century that is 12 kilometres in length from 100 metres to 6 metres wide.

The island of Saint Pierre Island is across a treacherous and foggy 6 kilometres strait that fishermen named "The Mouth of Hell" (French: La Gueule de L'Enfer) that has been the site of more than 600 shipwrecks.

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Sights and Activities

Miquelon town

The Town of Miquelon has about 700 inhabitants. Here, Acadian history and culture is prevalent and after the Acadian deportation of 1755, hundreds of Acadian families sought refuge here. Nowadays, Miquelon is proud of its heritage and history. The wooden church is a beautiful traditional building with many old artifacts.

The Cap

The Cap is the northernmost point of the island of Miquelon and has some fantastic rough coastal scenery and an incredible diversity of wildlife.

Other Sights and Activities

  • The Grand Barachois

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Events and Festivals

  • Basque Festival - A weeklong festival with music, marching and invigorating street fun.
  • Bastille Day (july 14)

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Weather

The climate in Miquelon 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 1,500 mm a year. Average temperatures range from -10 °C in winter to around 20 °C in summer, with relatively little variation between day and night compared to neighbouring mainland Canada.

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Getting There

By Boat

SPM Express travels between the main island Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

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Getting Around

Getting around most of the island is best done on foot or by renting a bicycle or scooter.

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Eat

  • Restaurant Brian and Brasserie Michael, 18, rue Anne-Claire du Pont de Renon, ☎ +508 41 64 89, e-mail: drevert@cheznoo.net. closed Mon.. Traditional cuisine, seafood, snacks.
  • Snack Bar à Choix, 2, rue Sourdeval Miquelon, ☎ +508 41 62 00, e-mail: chancyl@cheznoo.net. Closed Mon. seafood crepe, roasted chicken, baked apple crepe, traditional cooking.

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Sleep

  • Hôtel L'Escale, 30, rue Victor Briand, ☎ +508 41 61 24, +508 41 64 89, e-mail: drevert@cheznoo.net. 6 rooms from €42.
  • Maxotel, 42, rue Sourdeval, ☎ +508 41 64 57, +508 55 64 57, e-mail: maxotelmiq@cheznoo.net. 10 apartments from €60.
  • Chez Marlène, Anse du Gouvernement (Langlade), ☎ +508 55 01 32, e-mail: chezmarlene@cheznoo.net. 2 rooms from €45.

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