St. Pierre Port is located in a French controlled overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. The main island, on which the St. Pierre port of call resides, is the island of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. The area of the port is in the southern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The archipelago to which the port belongs is the only remaining remnant of New France.
The region of the archipelago was once a prized area for French and English colonizers. Rich fishing grounds are the primary causes of conflicts between the two countries in this area. Evidence of early settlement in the area proves that the Beothuk tribes in the region once lived there. European colonizers came into the area and built some of the oldest settlements in the North American continent.
During prohibition, Al Capone and other mobsters used the island as a launching point to smuggle alcohol into the U.S.
Today, the St. Pierre cruise port strives to be a main seaport; it encourages tourists to include St. Pierre as a port of call for cruise ships. St. Pierre cruise terminal resides in a rich natural landscape that is the envy of other islands in the region. The cruise terminal is only minutes away from numerous attractions and destinations.
From local produce of vegetables and fruits to imported wines and chesses from Europe, the port village offers several options. Woodwork and arts also form a popular part of souvenir items bought by cruise tourists. Local blueberry, cloudberry and strawberry jams are the most favorite local food products bought by many cruise tourists. The islands local central market is the best place to find these small food shops.
French luxury items also are prevalent in the region. The perfumes, high-end food products and French wine found here are some of the best to find in North America.
Things to See
Visitors who would like to experience the rich cultural heritage of the town; a great place to start is the Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Burned to the ground in the 1902 fire and rebuilt in 1907, it is a Basque style church with glass stained windows that are more than one hundred years old. Still functioning as a place of worship, this local landmark depicts the history of religion on the island.
Another sight to visit is the Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse. It is considered to be the most distinct landmark of the city; it has bright red and white colors that immediately catch your attention. The lighthouse used to function as a beacon that guided ships traveling the seas.
Restaurants and Bars
French cuisine is full of cream and butter and fresh ingredients; several restaurants on the island of Saint Pierre expand upon it by offering their own cooking styles. Seafood dishes whether steamed or broiled are abundantly available. Crab dishes abound due to crab farming; this is a relatively new industry that was introduced after the Canadian government closed the Grand Banks fishing area. The goal is to restore depleted cod stock. Baguettes and brie are also abundantly available.
The L’Atelier Gourmand offers dishes that are comparable to original French dishes served in France. Seafood menu includes salmon cooked with garlic and butter and steamy fish soups with fresh vegetables.
The Le Maringouin’fre offers great desserts of Breton crepes and main course of hamburgers, soups and steaks.
In August, there is an annual seafood festival in the town of Miquelon that is worth a visit.