Harrington Harbour
Harrington Harbour
Harrington Harbour
Coordinates: 50°30′0″N 59°28′47″W / 50.50000°N 59.47972°W / 50.50000; -59.47972Coordinates: 50°30′0″N 59°28′47″W / 50.50000°N 59.47972°W / 50.50000; -59.47972[1]
Country Canada
Province Quebec
RCMLe Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent
Named forCharles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington
 • Federal ridingManicouagan
 • Prov. ridingDuplessis
 • Land1.97 km2 (0.76 sq mi)
 • Total261
 • Density132.3/km2 (343/sq mi)
 • Change (2006–11)
 • Dwellings
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
Postal code(s)
Area code(s)418 and 581

Harrington Harbour is an unconstituted locality (as defined by Statistics Canada in the Canada 2011 Census) within the municipality of Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec, Canada. Its population in the 2011 census was 261.


Harrington Harbour was founded near the end of the 19th century by fishermen from Newfoundland.[3] The primary activity is commercial fishing for crabs, lobster, turbot, halibut, and cod.

Harrington Harbour was named after Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington. It is also known locally as "Hospital Island", from its earlier role as a medical centre for the area. Local tradition claims that this is the island on which 16th century French noblewoman Marguerite de La Rocque was marooned by her relative Jean-François Roberval as punishment for an affair.[3] "Marguerite's Cave" is one of the attractions on the island. Another attraction is the Jacques Cartier Monument, commemorating the French explorer and surveyor of the Gulf of St Lawrence. Harrington Harbour is a small village on average 300 residents. 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.

Present day

Today, fishing is still the main activity, with a bustling public wharf and fish plant.

A heliport is located in the village and wharf facilities located in the village are also used to service the village of Chevery, where a regional airport is located.

Models, panels and local artifacts interpret traditional activities, fishing, and local history.

The village was the principal filming location for the Quebec film Seducing Doctor Lewis (La Grande séduction).


Commission scolaire du Littoral operates Harrington School (anglophone) in Harrington Harbour.[4]


  1. ^ Reference number 141866 of the Commission de toponymie du Québec (in French)
  2. ^ a b "(Code 240227) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012.
  3. ^ a b Tourism Lower North Shore: Harrington Harbour
  4. ^ "Schools and centers." Commission scolaire du Littoral. Retrieved on September 23, 2017.