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explore what the area has to offer

Discover Acadian joie de vivre and Nova Scotia hospitality. Unplug and connect on the shores of la Baie Sainte-Marie!


local events & activities

Brightly dressed people walking in the Acadian Festival parade
acadian festival

A celebration of Acadian culture and heritage since 1955, the Festival acadien de Clare is the world’s oldest Acadian festival. 

Many activities for people of all ages take place throughout Clare, providing visitors the opportunity to visit and experience every part of this picturesque and culturally unique region.

Cyclists giving the thumbs up
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie

Gran Fondo has quickly grown to become the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, with almost 700 cyclists participating in 2023.


Riders will navigate rolling inland roads along lakes and rivers, passing by towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route that hugs beautiful Baie Sainte-Marie.

Tourist inspecting a carving at a visitor centre
Visitor Centre

Rendez-vous de la Baie is a cultural centre and a tourism destination that introduces visitors to the rich culture and heritage of the Acadians of Clare. 


Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you plan your stay in the region. Ask about local insider hidden gems and consult our online community calendar for the latest event information.

whale watching

Take the Ferries to Brier Island and be Closer to the Whales

Taking a Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruise in Nova Scotia is watching whales and seabirds – and much more.


It is also joining a scientific survey studying an area teeming with marine life. It remains Nova Scotia’s premier whale watch and one of the longest running whale watching companies in Nova Scotia.

Tour guide holding a lobster on a fishing boat
scenic lobster tours

Ever wondered how lobster fishing is done? 

Hop aboard the lobster fishing boat The Second Secret for a family friendly unique experience!


 Learn about the lobster fishing industry while viewing popular scenic attractions from a different angle. Experience the Bay of Fundy tide!

Balancing Rock

Called "Nature's Time Post", the Balancing Rock is a narrow vertical column of basalt, balanced on its tip; the most-photographed of Long Island's striking basalt formations.


This is a well-groomed 2.5-km trail and 235-step staircase leading to a platform with view of St. Mary's Bay and the Balancing Rock; interpretive panels, rest areas, picnic tables. 

beaches, parks & markets

Couple out for a walk on a path
Le Petit Bois Trails

Le Petit Bois (or Little Forest) is a network of coastal and wooded trails located on the Université Sainte-Anne Campus. A self-guided tour for visitors who are curious about the history, birds, animals and habitats of Le Petit Bois.


Thirteen locations along the trails are outfitted with interpretive sign posts, each bearing QR codes that can be scanned with a cellular device. 

Belliveau Cove Boardwalk Trail

Take a hike on approximately 5 km of looping, easy to walk gravel trails that extend from Belliveau Cove Wharf to Major’s Point.

Stroll past shingle beaches, salt marshes teeming with wildlife, as well as Clare’s first Acadian cemetery.

Smuggler’s Cove Provincial Park

Learn about rum running at this popular coastal park!

Picturesque Smuggler’s Cove Provincial Park sits atop stunning coastal cliffs.


It features several viewing platforms offering views of the cove and a sea cave. Interpretive panels explain why the cove was an ideal spot for smugglers during Prohibition.


Mavillette Beach Provincial park

This park is nestled just two kilometers from Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Park, offering a serene stretch of coastline spanning 1.5 kilometers. Its sandy shores are flanked by delicate marram grass-covered dunes, thoughtfully preserved with boardwalks.

During low tide, the expansive sand flats emerge, inviting leisurely strolls and warm-water dips. Supervised swimming is available on weekends throughout July and August, complemented by park amenities including change houses, vault toilets, freshwater taps, and informative panels. Lifeguards are stationed Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm, running from June 29th to August 25th.

For real-time weather updates, a webcam provides insights into beach conditions. Each low tide unveils a new adventure along the 1.5 km shoreline, offering treasures like driftwood, shells, and beach glass. Beyond beach-combing, activities such as surfing and kite-boarding beckon enthusiasts, contributing to Clare's burgeoning reputation as a surf destination.

Observe surfers, spot birds, enjoying a brisk run..


Founded in 2002, our esteemed outdoor market graces the picturesque shores of Baie Sainte-Marie, and the starting point for the seaside picturesque boardwalk.
This market operates from late May to late September, this bilingual market exudes a welcoming community ambiance, drawing numerous visitors who often immerse themselves in its offerings from dawn till dusk.

This market showcases an array of delights, including freshly caught fish, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, artisanal baked goods, produce from certified organic farmers, and premium venison, among other discerning selections. Noteworthy among its attractions are the diverse talents of artists and artisans who grace the stalls each Saturday, adding an enriching dimension to the market experience.

Les Beaux Vendredis
Les Beaux Vendredis is located on the same site as the farmers market, June 28th to the 6th of September.
Hours of operation 6:PM to 9:PM
Addresse : 3239, route 1, Parc Joseph-et-Marie-Dugas, Anse-des-Belliveau (N.-É.)
See video "French Video"


Discover the essence of maritime bounty at BMC Seafood Market, where quality meets freshness in every catch. Nestled in the heart of Nova Scotia's coastal charm, this market boasts a legacy of excellence since its inception. With a commitment to sourcing the finest seafood from local waters, offerings tantalize the palate and celebrate the rich maritime heritage of our region.

From succulent lobster to delectable scallops and beyond, thier curated selection reflects the diversity and abundance of Atlantic treasures. Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of this highly recognized local market, where passionate artisans and knowledgeable staff stand ready to elevate your culinary journey with the freshest of seafood products.

Whether you're a connoisseur seeking the pinnacle of seafood indulgence or an adventurous epicurean in pursuit of new flavors, BMC Seafood Market invites you to savor the taste of the sea, one exquisite bite at a time.

Restaurants & eaterys

Vieille Ecole Restaurant Lobster Dinner

​The Vieille École Restaurant is a charming culinary destination that exudes rustic elegance.
Nestled in a historic setting, it offers a cozy and intimate atmosphere perfect for indulging in exquisite cuisine. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients and artisanal flavors, each dish is a celebration of traditional and contemporary French cooking techniques. From delicate starters to decadent mains, every bite tells a story of passion and creativity.
Get ready for an unforgettable dining experience that captures the essence of French gastronomy.

Fish and chips dish
The wheel house

The Wheelhouse offers a delightful dining experience with a focus on fresh seafood and pasta dishes.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Belliveau Cove and it’s surroundings,  this charming eatery provides ocean views and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Whether you're craving succulent seafood or flavorful pasta creations, The Wheelhouse promises a culinary journey filled with local flavors and maritime charm.



Bowl dish
Honey Bees “Sushi, Ice Cream Parlor

Honey Bees restaurant, nestled in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, is a cozy and welcoming eatery known for its home style cooking and friendly atmosphere. Serving up a delicious array of comfort food classics, including hearty breakfasts, fresh seafood dishes, and mouth watering desserts.

Honey Bees is a beloved local spot where visitors are treated like family. With its down-to-earth charm and tasty fare, it's the perfect place to enjoy a satisfying meal in the heart of Nova Scotia's scenic countryside.
Extra information: Japanese and Korean dishes including good sushi.

Churchill’s Restaurant & Lounge

Elevate your eating experience at the Churchill’s Restaurant, known for its locally-sourced, Nova Scotia-inspired cuisine, including the beloved Prime Rib Fridays and top class food experience.  

Or simply relax at The Trophy Room at the Digby Pines golf clubhouse on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 pm. Here, enjoy pub-style fare, craft beers, and sports on large screens in a lively atmosphere.

Experience a championship 18-hole golf course amidst stunning scenery. After your game, treat yourself to indulgent spa treatments at The Spa at The Pines.   This site has much more to offer...

Collage of takeout food
CHEZ L'AMi Ice Cream Shop & Take Out

 Chez l'Ami Ice Cream and Takeout is a delightful spot where flavor meets convenience. This takeout eatery offers a welcoming ambiance perfect for a quick treat or a leisurely bite on the fly by.

Indulge in a tantalizing array of handcrafted ice cream treats, discover a menu of delectable takeout options, prepared with care and attention to detail. Whether grabbing a cone to-go or lingering over a quick meal with friends, Chez l'Ami Ice Cream and Takeout promises a satisfying culinary experience infused with warmth and flavor.


Seashore Restaurant & Blue Rock Lounge, Clare, Nova Scotia

The Seashore Restaurant and Blue Rock Lounge is a coastal culinary destination that embodies the essence of seaside dining. Overlooking picturesque ocean views, it offers a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere perfect for enjoying fresh seafood and innovative cocktails. 
From the vibrant flavors of locally sourced dishes to the laid-back vibe of the lounge, guests are invited to unwind and indulge in a dining experience by the sea. Whether savoring a leisurely meal or toasting to the sunset with friends, The Seashore Restaurant and Blue Rock Lounge promises a taste of coastal paradise.




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