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Anticosti is in Quebec.
The only large settlement is Port-Menier, on the western coast.
Visitors to Anticosti come to fish for salmon on the famous Jupiter River or deer hunting, in Anticosti Provincial Park, which straddles most of the island.
Aboriginal peoples visited the island for fishing and hunting. Jacques Cartier 'discovered' it for Europeans in 1534, although it remained without any permanent population until Louis IV gave it to the Jolliet family in 1680, who retained it until 1753. Since then it was used for only for timber harvesting until it was sold to French chocolatier Henri Menier in the late 19th century. He built Port Menier and introduced a deer population, who without natural predators expanded exponentially. Today there are more than 100,000 deer on the island, for a density of approximately 14 deer per km².
French is spoken by the inhabitants, although with the hunting and fishing tourism industry, English is also widely spoken.
Flights to Anticosti are available from Montreal, Quebec City, St. Anne-des-Monts and Mont-Joli.
Hunting and fishing are just about the only activities.