Havre-Saint-Pierre is a city located on Pointe-aux-Esquimaux, Côte-Nord (Quebec's north shore) of Saint Lawrence River in Canada. Lying along Route 138 about 200 km (120 ml) east of Sept-Iles, Havre-Saint-Pierre is the biggest town and seat of Minganie RCM, as well as the home to many municipal, government and regional services.
- The first inhabitants of the town historically came from Magdalen Islands during the 19th century. As a result, the inhabitants of the town speak a dialect more related to Acadian than to Quebec French. The population of Havre-Saint-Pierre is around 3,420 people (2011 census) who live on a total area of 3,896.30 km2 (1,504.37 ml2).
- Major geological features close to Havre-Saint-Pierre include Romaine River located to the north and west, l'Ile du Havre, less than 1 km offshore from the town, les Chutes Manitou, on Manitou River to the west, and Anticosti Island, which can be seen to the south of Havre-Saint-Pierre on clear days.
- A group of Acadian families from Magdalen Islands, who had been deported from Savannah, settled on Pointe aux Esquimaux (Eskimo Point) in 1857. The first mass was held on the day of the feast of Saint Peter, June 29, 1857. In 1872, Saint-Pierre-de-la-Pointe-aux-Esquimaux Parish was officially founded, and the same year the post office opened under the Esquimaux Point name.
- In 1873, the area was incorporated as a municipality. The post office Esquimaux Point changed its name to Havre-Saint-Pierre in 1924, followed by the city itself in 1927, in order to focus on its harbor, which characterizes the region, while keeping the original parish name. Until 1936 it remained the largest town to be found on the North Shore, but was then overtaken by Baie-Comeau.
- Tourism contributes largely to local economy because of the position of the town close to Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, encompassing a large number of isles in Mingan Archipelago of Gulf of Saint Lawrence and famous for the unique diversity of flora and fauna found there, including puffins and rare Mingan Thistle, along with the rare geological features found on many of the isles regarded as monoliths.
- Havre-Saint-Pierre is also noted for excellent fishing, made up largely of scallops, lobster and snow crab, with excellent trout and salmon to be found in the wealth of lakes and rivers.
Highlights: Limestone formations, seabirds
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