Whether on Miquelon, Langlade, or Saint-Pierre, the gems of ous islands are best discovered by foot. Through hiking, trekking, camping, and nature tours, Escapade Insulaire offers the perfect way to appreciate the archipelago and get up close with its beauty.
Remarkable species and wide-open spacesDiscover the scents and colors of three natural settings typical of the archipelago: the bog, the subarctic meadow and the undergrowth. A complete immersion in the natural environment of the archipelago and one of the most splendid views of Miquelon-Langlade Island, with the possibility of spotting marine mammals from the shore! Starts and ends at the Saint-Pierre Tourist Information Center (with a round-trip taxi ride) Level of difficulty: easy
Start at the parking lot of the Étang Frecker (above the former cold-storage wharf). Follow the Anse à Henry path, then branch off towards the northwest, heading towards the Étang du Cap au Diable. For the return trip, take the Anse à Dinand path (arriving at the end of the Anse à Pierre Road). A second option is possible: after the Étang du Cap au Diable, come back via the Étang du Télégraphe and return to town, to the place known as the “Tournant de l’Anse à Pierre” or to the Étang Thélot parking lot.
Start at the wastewater treatment station. Go up towards the Barrage de la Vigie (dam), go along the Étang de la Vigie (pond) by the south, then Étang du Goéland (pond) and go down towards the dam. Take the road then turn left and you’ll finally get back to the starting point via the “chemin des conduites” (upper road) or by the lower road.
Become a sailor for a few hours during a tour aboard the Macareux, a 30-foot sailboat that will bring beginners and experienced boaters close to Grand Colombier and other small islands near Saint-Pierre: those who haven't sailed will be jealous!
Accompanied by your guide, you’ll sail off to enjoy breathtaking views: puffins nesting along the mossy coastline, the cliffs that witnessed the island’s history, and seals basking in the sun in a small hidden cove. Plan on taking this must-do tour during your visit so that you can enjoy the rich natural heritage and charm of the islands from the ocean.
You can now roam the natural landscape of Saint-Pierre on horseback. You will follow the path supervised by the local riding club. For all horse enthusiasts, it's an experience you have to live! Depending on the weather, the rides can be delayed, cancelled or replaced by an activity within the club.
Start at the Maison Jézéquel (large gray house near the wharf), take the central path and bear left, going towards the Fort. Then go down towards the Transpacific Shipwreck. Continue on the pebble beach towards the little hill. Go back down towards the central path and continue towards the lighthouse at the other end of the island. From the lighthouse, go to the wash house (gray house), then take the path behind the church and continue on the pebble bank to Petit Havre. Finally, return to the Maison Jézéquel by the main path.
Tour around the wild coastline of Langlade to observe seals basking in the sun. The incomparable view of the Pointe Plate lighthouse could suffice to complete this tour, but marine mammals might surface, so keep your eyes open!
Land, sea and birds Walk through the undergrowth of the archipelago and discover the birds that frequent the area. At the end of your walk, enjoy the splendid view of Ile-aux-Marins. A walk that birdwatching enthusiasts won’t want to miss! Starts and ends at the Saint-Pierre Tourist Information Centre Level of difficulty : average
Start at the Étang Thélot parking lot. Walk towards the entrance to the undergrowth. Go through two clearings known as “Petit-Poêle” and “Grand-Poêle,” then by the path that goes along the Étang du Trépied. Come back by two ponds: Étang du Pied de la Montagne and Étang Thélot.
Depart from Miquelon for this original tour: after a very short bus ride, board a Zodiac with a guide to discover the lagoon and admire the Grand Barachois, with its colony of seals and its birds. Unforgettable!
The most beautiful valley A round-trip walk for a view that’s well worth the trip, because the La Cormorandière valley never disappoints. On the way, discover the fauna and flora that surrounds you—the natural heritage that makes the archipelago so rich! Starts and ends at the Miquelon Tourist Information Centre/MNE Level of difficulty: Easy
When you visit the village of Miquelon, take the time to stop at the Nature Interpretation Center (or MNE). Thanks to a highly interactive permanent exhibit, you’ll be able to discover the history, geology, geography, climate and biodiversity of the archipelago through four natural environments. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy eco-walks: guided tours that will introduce you to the plants and wildlife of the most magical sites on the archipelago.
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Wildlife and the sea Discover the cliffs of the Cape of Miquelon, as well as the site’s fauna and flora. Take advantage of a spectacular vantage point to observe the wilderness and maybe even spot an American bald eagle! You’ll be treated to a breathtaking, life-size panoramic view! Starts and ends at the Miquelon Tourist Information Centre/MNE Level of difficulty: Average
Boreal forest, bog and cliffs The Cape of Miquelon is definitely worth a visit. The scenery is breathtaking and the plant life is rich and diverse. This walk offers every chance to observe deer! The developed trails make this itinerary accessible to most! Starts and ends at the Miquelon Tourist Information Centre/MNE Level of difficulty: average
In tune with the lagoon Walk through a dune environment until you reach the wildlife observatory. Along your way, you'll learn more about the surrounding vegetation. Shorebirds and seals await you at this site, with its atmosphere unlike any other! Starts and ends at the Miquelon Tourist Information Centre/MNE Level of difficulty : easy
Nature and men Come spend a day on the dunes, bound by the ocean to the east and west! At the edge of the Grand Barachois lagoon, you can observe shorebirds, seals and Canada geese while listening to the chattering of the seabirds. On the Isthmus, you’ll also have an opportunity to walk on fertile land, where farming is still practiced. Starts and ends at the Miquelon Tourist Information Centre/MNE Level of difficulty : average
Start at the pebble bank, then head towards the end of the Anse du Gouvernement. We recommend that you follow the road to get to the Fond de l’Anse (the river, rarely dry, is often an obstacle to get to the Fond de l’Anse by the shoreline). The path goes through the summit of Tête Pelée, then crosses a floodplain before beginning a descent through the woods towards a clearing that overlooks the Anse aux Soldats. Follow the same directions in reverse to go back.
Start at the Sainte-Thérèse Chapel and go to the Chemin de la Vierge. Walk to the intersection of the path leading to la Belle Rivière, walk along La Belle Rivière and go up towards the top of the cross. To return, take the Chemin de la Butte au Thé and the fields that overlooks the Anse du Gouvernement.
Start at the end of the Scierie parking lot road. Take the path located towards the left, which marks the beginning of the former Pointe Plate Road. Continue on the path in the woods (which is clearly delineated), crossing the Ruisseau de l’Ouest (stream). Go along the first Plaine des Gaules at the foot of the Couline à Franchesse, then, after an s-shaped pathway and a rise, you’ll arrive on the plateau (the second Plaine des Gaules). You can go down towards the ruins of the Couillette Farm (shown in dotted lines on the map); if you do, add an extra hour to your hike. Continue to the path that goes down towards the Pointe-Plate Lighthouse.
Start at the viewpoint indicator, go down towards the Étang du Lac, then follow the direction of the Étang de la Roche sign. Then walk towards the la Cormorandière lookout. Here, you have the choice of going towards Nid à l’Aigle (drawn in dotted lines on the map) or l’Anse à la Roche. This itinerary goes towards l’Anse à la Roche. From the la Cormorandière lookout, join the cliff-side path (west side of the island) and follow it until you come to signs where, finally, you go in the direction of the “Village of Miquelon via the Butte aux Berrys.” For the return trip, take the path that goes north of the Étang du Lac, then head towards the village.