Île aux Marins

St-Pierre & Miquelon

The magical Île aux Marins ('Sailor Island'; often translated as 'Pioneer Island') is a beautiful abandoned village on an island out in the St-Pierre harbor. A bilingual guide will walk you through colorful homes, a small schoolhouse museum, lonely cemeteries and a grand church, built in 1874. Book tours at L'Arche Museum. You can also go over on a ferry (€6; 10 to 15 minutes) sans guide during July and August; boats run roughly every two hours.

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1. Maison Jézéquel

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Located on Île aux Marins, this small museum offers a peek into the daily life of a fishing family in the French North Atlantic circa the 19th century…

2. Les Salines

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Old-timers hang out around this scenic cluster of multihued fishing shacks.

3. L'Arche Museum

1.35 MILES

The well-done exhibits here cover the islands' history, including Prohibition times. The showstopper is the guillotine – the only one to slice in North…

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24.22 MILES

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6. Fortune Head Geology Centre

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7. Provincial Seamen's Museum

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