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Francois

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Description

Francois is a tiny remote town only accessible by boat. It has a population of 116, as of summer 2009 when I was there. This population is in decline as young people leave for more populated areas, and older folks pass away.

It is at the head of a fjord, with towering cliffs surrounding the entrance. Warm when sunny, it suffers from typically fickle Newfoundland weather. The rock is solid granite.

A particularly attractive spire, known as "the Friar" towers over the town and provides a birds eye view of it.

Getting There

There is a regular ferry servicing the town which leaves from Burgeo on the South West Coast.

You can also come in on your own boat, but good luck finding dock space. You'll have to work out something with the fishermen who own the docks.

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Some of the rock in the summer
[Hide Photo] Some of the rock in the summer
Another shot of the cliffs above the town
[Hide Photo] Another shot of the cliffs above the town
Looking out of the cut between the cliffs that leads into the Atlantic
[Hide Photo] Looking out of the cut between the cliffs that leads into the Atlantic
Looking down onto the town from the cliff above it.
[Hide Photo] Looking down onto the town from the cliff above it.