Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec, Canada

Long isolated near the Pointe aux Esquimaux on the St. Lawrence Gulf’s northeast shore, townsfolk here speak a dialect closer to Acadian French than other Quebecois. The Mingan Archipelago just offshore is a Parks Canada Reserve scenically dotted with bizarrely sculpted monoliths, studded with marine fossils and populated by colonies of puffins and razorbills. Visitors also enjoy whale watching, and insights into the Innu culture as revealed in the artworks decorating their picturesque church.