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Photo Lisette Gaudet: 2007The Municipality of the District of Clare is pleased to welcome you to our bilingual Internet website. As you surf our site, you will discover a wonderful Acadian community that is rich in culture and heritage.

Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the Province of Nova Scotia that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

With an approximate population of 8500, we are located at the south-western tip of Nova Scotia, an Atlantic province of Canada (North America).

A well-known Acadian region, Clare occupies the western half of Digby County. Most of the Municipality's settled areas are located along Saint Mary's Bay, a sub-basin of the Gulf of Maine.

The Municipality is mainly inhabited by Acadians and conducts its business in both French and English, although over 75% of the residents of Clare are able to communicate in both official languages the most commonly used language is French. The French-Acadian language and culture play an important role in the lives of the residents of the Municipality of Clare.

The Acadians of Clare are famous for their warm "joie de vivre", reflected in our vibrant music, festivals, culture and way of life.

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The Municipality of Clare in partnership with Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop, will be hosting the first-ever Gran Fondo in Nova Scotia: Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie on Sunday, September 27.

Participants will be challenged by our Gran 118 km loop while novice cyclists may prefer the shorter 35 km Piccolo ride.

The Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie will provide a challenge to riders of all levels, at a beautiful time of year with a refreshing backdrop of fresh salty air and the turning of the colours.

The Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie will not only be the first Gran Fondo in Nova Scotia, but also in Acadie. During the event, riders will marvel at towering wooden churches that stand testament to the craftsmanship of Acadians. There will also be plenty of unique opportunities to sample Acadian delicacies and enjoy local culture at nutrition breaks along the routes. On the Saturday evening before the event, riders will get a taste of local Acadian culture, hospitality and its joie de vivre during the Order of Good Cheer at the Legion in Saulnierville. The cultural component will continue during the after-race meal and awards ceremony where our Acadian hospitality will be showcased again.

For more information, visit our website granfondobaiesaintemarie.ca

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