la Maison de la Nature et de l’Environnement

In Miquelon, the great outdoors is never far.

Walk 10 minutes from where you stand and you will find yourself on the seashore or in a meadow, where deer graze in peace as the sun sets. Here, such moments of grace are daily occurrences.

The Maison de la Nature et de l’Environnement, the MNE as it is called, celebrates this natural environment and makes it available to all.

The institution opened its doors in 2017 and operates year-round. It offers 200 square meters of permanent exhibits that will leave you eager to head out on your own to roam the largely unspoiled nature of the islands.

The MNE is housed in a wooden structure, whose rugged exterior has already been somewhat bleached by the sun and by rough weather. It stands smack in the middle of Miquelon. The MNE has made Saint-Pierre et Miquelon a true destination for nature lovers, and its exhibits and activities have made the main natural habitats of the islands accessible to all.

Let’s say you want to know more about bogs? You have been told that in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon it is possible to walk on trees? You have heard of the Boreal forest but you are not quite sure what is is? You want to identify a bird whose cry you heard while hiking in Mirande? The Maison de la Nature et de l’Environnement will answer all your questions. The Centre serves both visitors and locals, since everyone needs to better understand nature.

The MNE is not a display case, it is a place that teaches and invites all visitors to go out and explore.

The exhibits are interactive. You will find:

  • Sensorial pods (small spaces to listen to sounds)

  • Hands-on modules

  • Tactile screens

  • Smelling traps (You want to smell the taste of cranberries? Go ahead!)

  • Puzzles

  • A 20 minute film (in French and English)

  • And a 3D maquette, a visitors’ favourite, that tell the story of the islands in 7 minutes flat.

The panels are in French but the main information is translated in English.

As you walk through the exhibits, you will hear four distinct background sounds, one for each of the islands main habitats:

  • The marine environment

  • The bogs

  • The Boreal forest

  • The dunes

Jean-Pierre and his friend are standing in the space dedicated to the forest. Both are visiting from Quebec and they talk about the various species they already know about:

“Deer, fox, we have them back home. But we live far from the ocean, so we do not know much about seabirds. What is nice here, is that we learn more about the birds, what they look like, but we can also hear their songs and learn about how they live.”

Later if they wish, Jean-Pierre and his friend will be able to take part in one of the 5 guided eco-walks offered by the MNE in Miquelon and, maybe, see the birds for real.

The 5 guided tours are diverse and are of various durations:

  • The isthmus, 5 hours

  • Le Grand Barachois, 3 hours and 30 minutes

  • La Cormorandière, 2 hours

  • Le Cap, 3 hours and 30 minutes

  • Le Nid à l’Aigle, 4 hours and 30 minutes

All provide a magnificent experience! And each highlights a different aspect of Miquelon-Langlade. If you have time, do them all!

On top of these nature guided tours, there are two, more touristic, options:

  • The “History and Heritage tour” will take you through the village of Miquelon

  • “Villages and landscapes” offers a minivan tour of Langlade and Mirande

Whatever tour you choose, once you come back to the MNE, be sure to visit the giftshop “Art-Passion” where several local artisans display their products. You can also take advantage of the small cafeteria and check your mail thanks to free Wifi access.

In Miquelon, the MNE is open year-round: everyday from the end of May to the end of September, and from Monday to Saturday the remainder of the year.

The MNE also offers activities in Saint-Pierre:

  • Two guided tours in la Vallée des 7 étangs and l’Anse à Dinand (in July and August only)

  • An App called «Écobalade » that will guide you through la Vallée du Milieu

So, leave it all behind and head to the dunes and the forest! The Maison de la Nature et de l’Environnement will guide you in your discovery of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon’s natural heritage.


 

 


 

 

CENTRE D’INFORMATION TOURISTIQUE
SAINT-PIERRE

Place du Général de Gaulle
BP 4208 - CP 97500 - Saint-Pierre
Phone:+508 41 02 00
Contact St-Pierre

CENTRE D’INFORMATION TOURISTIQUE
MIQUELON

MNE - Place des Ardilliers
BP 4208 - CP 97500 - Miquelon-Langlade
Phone: +508 41 61 87
Contact Miquelon

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