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Rightfully named one of the thirty most beautiful villages in Quebec, Harrington Harbour looks much like a traditional fishing outport in Newfoundland. A distinctive boardwalk winds through the community past colourful wooden houses. The village is huddled on one side of a small, rocky island, looking out to sea. There are no roads and no cars - only pedestrians, bikes and all-terrain vehicles.
Harrington Harbour was originally settled by Newfoundland families in search of fish stocks in the second half of the 19th century. Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, founder of the famous medical mission in the region, visited Harrington Harbour starting in the late 19th century. Grenfell built a hospital on the island, earning the village its nickname of Hospital Island. Today, fishing is still the main activity, with a bustling public wharf and fish plant.