A vacation in Europe is closer to home than you might think. Just off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a fascinating little island that is actually part of France.

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is the last remaining French territory in North America.

Not only is it a unique place to visit, but history buffs will love the backstory of how this island came to be.

According to Newfoundland’s tourism website, the French and British fought for possession of this island for over 100 years.

In 1816, the French took control of the island permanently and it has remained that way ever since.

Today, this sleepy little island is home to around 6,000 residents.

If you plan to visit, be sure to come prepared with your passport, a power adapter, and Euros to spend – it may be close to Canada, but it really is France!

The island enjoys a laid-back European lifestyle — that means dinner is served later, shops close earlier, and fresh bread draws lineups every morning, says Newfoundland tourism.

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The architecture is a cross between east coast charm and the French countryside, with narrow alleyways lined with shops and colourful homes along the waterfront.

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is full of places to try authentic French cuisine and experience local craftsmanship.

The island is home to many artisans who work with wood, leather, clay, and paint to produce stunning creations.

Nature lovers will be spoiled for choice with hikes and panoramic views of the expansive landscape.

There are also many water sports to do, including windsurfing and sailing, as well as a spa, a gym with yoga and fitness classes, and museums.

And you’re sure to spot a lot of wildlife too, including seals and puffins!

If you’re ready to pay a visit to this special place, you can book your ferry ticket to the island online.  It’s only a 90-minute journey from Newfoundland!