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Port au Choix

Port au Choix or Port aux Choix is a town in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.HistoryThe earliest European presence in Port au Choix dates to the 16th century when the town received its name, Portuchoa, meaning "the little port" from Basque fishermen who operated in the area. The town's original European residents were mainly descendants of French and English fishermen who settled in the area after 1904 when France relinquished its rights to fish, and for the first time permanent settlement was allowed. Under the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713, the French were given exclusive rights to fish in an area known as The French Shore, which this area is part of. At Point Riche, The French Shore Treaty monument is erected to commemorate this historic event in Newfoundland history.Modern townKnown as the "fishing capital" of Western Newfoundland, it boasts a large fishing fleet, a modern shrimp processing plant, Federal Fisheries Offices, Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre, restaurants, motel, RV Park, modern sports complex, bank, as well as other financial institutions and government services. Port au Choix is an amalgamation of three once separate communities - Old Port au Choix, Gargamelle Cove and Port au Choix. Today's Port au Choix still retains its close association with the sea and its cultural history. There are other sightseeing attractions, including Pointe Riche Lighthouse, the Heritage Museum, the French Shore treaty site, Studio Gargamille, and the fish plant registered to Ocean Choice International.The nearest airport is Port au Choix Airport, 2.8 km to the southeast.PopulationThe population was 505 in 1940 and 214 by 1956. The population increased to 1010 in 2001, then decreased to 893 in 2006.
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