Prepare to be surprised by the number of sites on remote Saint-Pierre, capital of the small islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which are just off the coast of Newfoundland. Since many on the islands are of Basque heritage, Basque traditions abound, strongly influencing the local culture and the architecture of various landmarks. The roll call includes: Saint-Pierre Cathedral, a stylish Basque church with stain glass windows that were a gift from General Charles de Gaulle. Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse, a distinctive red and white structure near the harbor entrance. Pointe aux Canons Battery, the site of a 17th century fort that defended the islands against British raids. Galantry Lighthouse, newly-restored and visible from miles away. General Charles de Gaulle Square, the center of Bastille Day celebrations, with a commanding view of the Atlantic Ocean. Within the Square are several points of interest, including the Old Fountain and the Gazebo. The very definition of "off the beaten track", If you can make it to this far-flung outpost of the French empire, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how charming this place really is.
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- Location: Saint Pierre and Miquelon