The English Charm of Harrington Harbour
Since the Quebec comedy La grande séduction was filmed here, Harrington Harbour has become well known for its breathtaking landscapes and famous wooden sidewalks. But there are many other things that set this village apart from other municipalities on the Lower North Shore.
First, the village of Harrington Harbour is mostly English-speaking. According to the department, the municipality is an "official language minority community." Like Harrington Harbour, several other English-speaking communities situated along the St. Lawrence River rely on Fisheries and Oceans Canada for their ongoing operations. Department stakeholders ensure that the information needed for their operations is always available in communities' language of choice, in accordance with the Official Languages Act.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, encourages the full recognition of the use of French and English in Canadian society and participates in the advancement of English-speaking minorities in Quebec.
The roughly 300 residents of this village work primarily in fishing and seafood processing. The Coopérative communautaire de fruits de mer de la Basse-Côte-Nord (L.N.S. Community Seafood Coop) has been in business there since 1991. It is one of the oldest remaining fish processing establishments in the region. Despite high transportation costs, their geographical location and a fluctuating Canadian dollar, the Coop has been able to remain competitive thanks to modernizing its equipment, as well as excellent cooperation between fishermen and workers.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is proud to support the Coopérative, which is now a byword for success in the region and recognized for its high quality seafood products.
Patrick Vincent, Director general regional and
Andrew Rowsell, Director, North Shore Area