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A special Mother's Day adventure on-board your private jet... a day trip to France!

 by Matt Beauchamp

One of the most amazing things about living in Canada is that there is an almost endless supply of destinations you can explore. Some you may not have heard of before. For instance, did you know you can go to France without ever leaving Canada? We don’t mean metaphorically either, you can actually go to France – through customs and all – by visiting Saint Pierre and Miquelon Islands off the coast of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Located at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence – only 12 miles from Newfoundland – these small islands are home to just over 6,000 people. The inhabitants possess French Citizenships and suffrage. They have an official deputy in the National Assembly of France in Paris and enjoy a certain degree of autonomy when it comes to taxes and customs. The main language spoken on the islands is, of course, French and is more closely related to mainland France French than to Quebec French.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon has its own time zone (half an hour ahead of Newfoundland time) and definitely offers an opportunity to travel in time. In the morning, you can see locals visiting the bakery for fresh bread and pastries. Shops close everyday from 12 and 2pm, and restaurants serve dinner a bit later as they would in mainland France.
Getting there
As an AirSprint Owner getting to Saint Pierre and Miquelon Islands is easy. While most people would need to fly to St. John’s or Halifax, make their way to the coast and then take a ferry, you can fly directly into Saint Pierre’s Regional Airport.
Flight times into Saint Pierre on-board the Legacy 450 range from 36 minutes from St. John’s, little under 2 hours from Montréal  and 2 hour 37 minutes from Toronto. If you wanted to extend your French vacation, you you could fly to Europe from the island directly.
Where to stay
While these islands may be small, they host a surprising number of places to stay. With a number of cozy hotels and homes to choose from, the crown jewel of hotels is likely the Auberge Saint-Pierre.
If your trip to Saint Pierre and Miquelon is only a day trip while exploring Newfoundland, then we’d recommend checking out Fogo Island Inn for your stay.
Fogo Island Inn sits on an island, off an island on what feels like the edge of the Earth. Every one of its 29 rooms and suites has floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to the wilds of the North Atlantic Ocean. This stunningly designed, modern building will leave you feeling inspired.
Where to eat
The restaurants and cafes on Saint Pierre and Miquelon offer the best in French cuisine. From Breton crepes, French cuisine and burgers at Restaurant Crêperie du Vieux Port to a traditional French tea room at Les Délices de Joséphine. Local fair is showcased at the family restaurant Les P’tits Graviers or take in the Asian inspired menu at L’Hippocampe Resto-Bar.
For a full list of the islands restaurants click here.
What to do
Saint Pierre and Miquelon offer an array of tours and things to do to easily fill a week’s stay. From Historical tours of the city and searching for ancestors to exploring the rugged beauty of the islands along the shipwreck trail or in the La Cormorandière, these islands make a great way to explore both Canadian and French history as well as nature.
Mother’s day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all of the moms in your life and as an AirSprint Owner you have the opportunity to spoil them as they deserve with a unique adventure on-board your own private jet. Whether you’re exploring the Saint Pierre and Miquelon Islands – a one-of-a-kind experience they will never forget – or heading to any of your favourite destinations, your AirSprint jet is ready when you are.