(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Days 3&4:

  • Clare Region (St. Mary's Bay)
St. Mary’s Bay has the highest concentration of Acadians in Nova Scotia, with more than 8,000 residents. This region and its close neighbor (Par-en-Bas) occupy the southwestern part of the province.

The Clare region stretches more than 50 km along St. Mary's Bay between Saint-Bernard and Salmon River. Its origins go back to 1768 with the arrival in Grosses Coques of the family of Joseph Dugas. With twelve other families they came to form the Acadian core of this municipality.

Spending the night: you will be spoiled for choices. There are bed and breakfasts, inns, motel, cabins, campgrounds and even yurts! The hospitality of the people of this corner of Acadia is surely not to be missed.

On the culinary side, there is something for everyone. From the à la carte to the snack bar, to the family-style restaurant; your appetite will be satisfied. Rappie pie is the traditional dish of choice in this region. It consists of a paste based on potato pulp garnished with chicken meat. The pulp, after being initially juiced, is moistened again with the chicken's cooking juices. The meat is then added and all is placed in a shallow dish for baking. To your surprise you will find that this dish can be eaten with molasses. Traditional Acadian meals stem from a daily kitchen of necessity. Today, regional cuisine is full of seafood dishes, which abound in the regions of Clare and Par-en-Bas as well.

Musique de la Baie
During the months of July, August and September, the musicians of the region perform in the various restaurants participating in the program. Visitors are invited to participate!

Listen. You might hear some typical Southwestern expressions:
"j’va havrer" - I'll park my car,
"tes réguines" - your little nick nacks or your small items,
and "keisser" - a greeting of the hand.

With the many talented musicians and song writers from the area, locals can be heard in several restaurants and inns in the area. CIFA 104.1 FM Community Radio broadcasts daily music from local artists. CIFA is also available in Par-en-Bas.

Visit Rendez-vous de la Baie, the Acadian cultural and interpretive center located on the Université Sainte-Anne campus in Church Point. The center, open all year long, includes a museum of Acadian exhibitions, an art gallery run by the local arts council, a theatre, an Internet café, and cultural programming. The tourist information center is managed from May to November.

Take a hike on the trails of Les Petit Bois and the new lighthouse with various interpretive panels inside linking the history of the area, and the nature of the surroundings.

Visit the large scenic Mavillette Beach and the new park at Cape Sainte-Marie Lighthouse.

Cycling along St. Mary’s Bay during the Gran Fondo at the end of September and experience the spectacular scenery and vibrant hospitality of the Acadians,


Experience the "Les beaux vendredis" lobster and shellfish dinners every Friday during July and August from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Belliveau’s Cove wharf.


Whether you choose to visit the St. Mary's Church Museum: the largest wooden church in North America,
or hike along a beach, to participate in one of the popular festivals, the most imposing of which is without a doubt the Acadian Festival of Clare

St. Mary’s Bay has numerous boutiques of local artisans and artists.

You will certainly not be without any entertainment during your visit to St. Mary’s Bay.