Francois

The magical experience of Francois.

Francois (population 80) is a community on the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Never linked by road, this community is only accessible by boat or helicopter in the summer and snowmobiling, at some times, in the winter.

While there are no roads for cars, the community has a well maintained path system for use of all terrain vehicles and also a collection of wooden boardwalks to cross from one side of the town to the other.

The town is separated in the middle by a beautiful river waterfall coming from a pond almost 500 feet above the community.

Residents and visitors rely in the coastal boats for travel and transporting goods to the community.

Francois is sheltered in Francois Bay and protected on all sides by high cliffs including The Friar, an imposing rock formation that is 680 feet above sea level.

Hiking trails are popular with locals and visitors.

The area is also popular with rock climbers and sailors who find shelter for sail boats and yachts in the community and is a stop for cruise ships circumnavigating the island of Newfoundland.

Francois has continued to resist government pressure to resettle, voting against resettlement as recently as 2013. 

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