Francois, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Nickname(s): "Fransway"
Francois is located in Newfoundland
Location of Francois in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 47°34′6″N 56°44′30″W / 47.56833°N 56.74167°W / 47.56833; -56.74167Coordinates: 47°34′6″N 56°44′30″W / 47.56833°N 56.74167°W / 47.56833; -56.74167
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Population (2016)
 • Total 89
Time zone UTC-3:30 (Newfoundland Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2:30 (Newfoundland Daylight)
Area code(s) 709

Francois (/frænˈsw/ fran-SWAY) is a settlement and outport in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is located on the southern coast of Newfoundland on François Bay at the end of a small fjord. There is a general store, a post office and a small museum, accessed by concrete pathways and boardwalks.

There is no road to the village, which can only be accessed by boat and helicopter, and snowmobile in the winter.[1][2][3]

The community was first settled in the 1700s, and resisted the government resettlement programs of the mid 20th century,[3] though it reconsidered and rejected resettlement in 2013.[4] It had a population of 89 as of the 2016 Census.[5]

The tallest mountain in the community is the 600 ft Friar, and there are several walking trails in the area. The community has very little unemployment. The community's school has 13 students from kindergarten to grade 12.[citation needed] Most residents pronounce the name "Fran-sway", and its proper spelling is without the cedilla found in the French word françois.

The community is approximately 36 km east of the community of Grey River.[4]


  1. ^ Crummey, Michael. Sweet, secluded society, Saltscapes (May/June 2011)
  2. ^ (12 October 2014 - air date?). Fog of the Outport, Land and Sea, CBC
  3. ^ a b (14 August 2014). What it means to be a Newfoundlander is quickly changing, The Globe and Mail
  4. ^ a b MacIsaac, Chantelle (13 January 2014). No resettlement for Francois, Prince Albert Daily Herald
  5. ^ Census Profile (2016)

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