|Yarmouth & Acadian Shores – Baie Sainte-Marie Region|
In "Baie Sainte-Marie" along the Acadian Shores, you will find several picturesque French-speaking villages where bilingual inhabitants along this shore are descendants of the first European settlers. Many of Nova Scotia’s Acadians came to this area after the Deportation to build new communities turning from farming to the sea for their livelihood. Acadian music and culture are presented at festivals and restaurants throughout the district during the summer months.
In Mavilette, you will find Mavillette Beach a lovely 2 km expanse of sand and dunes, provides interpretative panels, guided tours and a bird-watching platform on the marsh.
In the village of St Alphonse, St-Alphonse Church is one of the most charming of the Acadian churches along this shore. Meteghan, settled in 1785 is the Acadian Shore busiest port, home of the scallop draggers, herring seiners and cod and lobster boats.
In Saulnierville, visit historic Sacré-Coeur Church, local craft studios and the wharf. One of the finest and most celebrated of the Acadian churches is St Mary’s Church at Church Point. The village of Grosses Coques is name for the large clams found here which are said to be the largest on the eastern seaboard. Belliveau Cove is a former lumbering and shipbuilding community features a picturesque lighthouse and wharf, a park with guided tours and a beach that is popular clamming location.
At St-Bernard, an awe-inspiring granite church which seats 1,000. Guided tours are available and classical music concerts are held here. The Festival Acadien de Clare is the oldest Acadian festival and takes place in July every summer.
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