I’ve just returned from a weekend trip to the overseas territory of France, Saint Pierre et Miquelon! The islands are located just 25 kilometers off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada and this little piece of France in North America is also part of the European Union.

After a short flight you really feel like you were teleported into a small town in France. I will have a post which includes how to get there and what to expect. If you have been to St. Pierre or plan to visit, feel free to comment on topics you don’t want me to miss!

Chao is not your typical Asian: he’s good with numbers, likes deals, and loves to travel on miles. He calls Vancouver, Canada home and travels to Asia and Europe once a year visiting family and exploring new sceneries. He is best known for helping beginners grasp the concept of points and sharing unique methods to earn and redeem miles efficiently. Chao is one of the main content writers for PointsNerds.


  1. I’ve always wanted to go there… looking forward to the post!

    If you book that flight from Canada if you’d need 60,000 Aeroplan points.

    • Aeroplan/Star Alliance doesn’t have any flights to St Pierre but it’d be interesting how many points they’d charge!

  2. I visited the place for 2 days a couple years ago. A few things to mention: Bring Euro and don’t expect them to take Canadian money. 2nd thing, It’s France and they speak French. Being a french Canadian, I noticed huge behavior difference from the local if you speak or not the language. If you don’t speak French, at least try or learn the very basic. Trying the local language is very appreciated even if it’s bad. It’s located nearby Newfoundland but it’s France after all. For a few Euros, Taxi can ride you over the St-Pierre island for a touristic sightseeing. I haven’t seen Miquelon but it looked very nice and more scenic.

  3. I guess what I’d like to know is: what’s Air SP like, can you get by with English, how much you end up spending a day (can you get by on the cheap or tourist trap pricing), and cell phone situation.

    • Not much to say about Air SP except it’s your typical regional airline: friendly, free checked bag, newspaper and drinks. You can definitely get by with English. Food was expensive but tax and tips was included in price. Cellphone was on airplane mode the whole time …

  4. Wonderful place to visit for a weekend. It is like you are in France not North America.
    It was 30 years ago when I went. They have French cars that we don’t have in Canada. The French food was awesome. Back then the highlight was visiting the cemetery (New Orleans style) on a hill overlooking the town.

    • A local mentioned their cars come from Canada but I also noticed a lot of European looking cars. Missed the cemetery but French food was definitely authentic!


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