Hiking and Birdwatching
Take a deep breath! The dusty cities are far away; right now it’s only nature and you.
Spotting scopes, binoculars and a field guide should be part of the outfit of any visitor to the islands. Ornithologists have identified over 300 species of birds in Saint-Pierre & Miquelon and every year dedicated men and women compile lists during the spring and fall migrations as well as a Christmas bird count.
Hiking and nature trails
All three islands are criss-crossed by ancient trails used by hunters and nature-lovers alike.
In Saint-Pierre, lunar landscapes are a stones throw away from deep valleys rich with brooks and lakes carved out by the last ice age.
In Miquelon and Langlade, you can watch seals and wild horses from the same sand dunes which are littered with the remnants of shipwrecks. Inland, the landscape changes quickly from peat bogs to forests.
When hiking, always travel with a waterproof windbreaker and dress in layers so you can adjust as you go. As well, prepare a backpack for your extra clothes along with some food, especially chocolate bars or other quick energy food.
Obtain a detailed map before you head out. Remember that the stony terrain along the cliffs and at the higher elevations can be dangerous. Observing these few hints will help assure you have a most safe and pleasant experience.
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