Hallébourg – a cluster of approximately 20 homes east of Hearst on Highway 11 – is one of the smallest of the francophone hamlets on Highway 11. I think only Strickland or Harty are smaller.
Just east of Hallébourg, Val Coté used to be a tiny farming hamlet, but as farming became less profitable in agriculturally minor areas of Ontario like up here, it soon lost its economic raison d’etre.
There are about 15 houses in Val Coté along with an old barn or two, a church, and a tiny caisse. In the church parking lot there’s a sign advertising the Val Cote Musée Des Pierres, a rock museum.