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Dear Residents of Clare,

The Municipality of Clare, Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie and its community partners are excited once again to be organizing the Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie cycling event on Sunday, September 22, 2019!

Why a Gran Fondo? Gran Fondo is a fun cycling event that extends our tourist season, combines a healthy lifestyle, outdoor recreation and Acadian hospitality into an unforgettable experience for participants. We strive for continuous improvement and sustainability by reinvesting revenues, if any, into next year’s event. Our event creates a significant amount of economic activity in Clare and the region. Everyone benefits!

How will traffic be affected? We are working closely with the RCMP and NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to develop a traffic control plan to safely start the event at the Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop in Saulnierville (9976 Highway 1, Saulnierville). Traffic will be temporarily restricted from passing on Highway 1 from Eustache Comeau Rd. to in front of the bike shop from 8 am to 10 am (except in the case of local traffic and emergency vehicles). The same detour will be in place heading west at Patrice Road. Please use Highway 101 for travel when possible.

  • The 161 km Super Gran starts at 8:30 am, the 118 km Gran Fondo at 8:45 am, the 89 km Mezzo Fondo at 9 a.m., the 67 km Medio Fondo at 9:15 am and 35 km Piccolo at 9:30 am. The Start/Finish will be at the Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop.
  • Please drive carefully as there will be 950+ cyclists enjoying our incredible scenery and culture!
  • There will be a motorcycle escort for each ride as well as lead and sweep vehicles (motorcycles and trucks with amber lights) for the duration of the event.
  • There will be a moving closure plan with the assistance from the local fire departments where vehicles driving onto Highway 1 will be held back while cyclists pass (8:15 am to 10 am) at all intersections along Highway 1 between Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop and Patrice Road in Church Point. Volunteers will be situated at several intersections to assist cyclists in navigating key turns.
  • It is expected that the Super and Gran Fondo rides will last for several hpours until approximately 4 pm.

What is the best way to share the road with cyclists?

  • Leave at least 1 metre (3 feet) of space when passing a cyclist.
  • You may cross a yellow line to pass a cyclist if it is safe to do so. Only pass if there is no oncoming traffic. If you can’t pass safely, wait.
  • Cyclists can’t always ride on the extreme right. Sometimes the edge of the road may be in poor condition or the cyclist may be preparing for a left turn.

How can I help? Since 85% of the participants are from outside of Clare, let’s show off our famous Acadian hospitality! Please support the cyclists by cheering them on with our Acadian flags, cowbells and words of encouragement as they pass through Hwy 1, the 340, Second Division Rd and roads in between! During event day, tune into Radio CIFA (104.1 FM) for updates on where the cyclists are riding. Please see the attached map showing approximate times of when the lead cyclists will be passing by along the routes. If you own dogs, it would be appreciated that they be tied up. We encourage you to take photos and share!

Click here to download the map!

For more information: granfondobaiesaintemarie.ca or “Like” our Facebook page! #granfondobsm

Thank You! - The Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie team

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Little Brook, NS – September 17, 2019: The Municipality of Clare has put up a community flag pole on the grounds of the municipal office. This special purpose flag pole will be made available to community organizations wishing to fly a flag in honour of an event or a special cause.

“The Municipality intends for the community flag pole to be used as a tool for bringing attention to issues that are important to our community groups and to our residents,” said Stéphane Cyr, Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Clare.

Requests to use the community flag pole will be reviewed and approved by Council for the Municipality of Clare. The Municipality will not approve applications from organizations in support of political parties, commercial organizations, religious groups, or groups that support social or racial intolerance, violence or hatred.

The Municipality will collaborate with any community group making use of the flag pole to advise the public of the significance of the flag being flown. On days when there is no community organization’s flag on the flag pole, the municipal flag will be flown.

Community groups and organizations interested in having a flag flown are invited to consult the Municipality of Clare’s Flag Flying Policy, which can be found at the municipal office or under the By-laws and Policies section of the municipal web site.

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Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

Media Contact / Interviews:

Stéphane Cyr

Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Clare

Amy Paradis
Communications Officer
Municipality of Clare

Are you a Clare resident in need of assistance due to Hurricane Dorian and subsequent power outage or do you know of someone who may need help? Please contact Mark Doucet of the Clare EMO Centre at 902-778-0723. 

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Little Brook, NS – August 19, 2019: Site improvements have taken place this spring and summer at Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Park to improve accessibility and to encourage longer stays.

A two-unit restroom facility including one accessible toilet opened at the park in late July 2019. The Municipality of Clare hired JD Composites Inc. to build the shelter housing the toilets using PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) core foam green technology. The equivalent of 26,000 recycled standard plastic bottles PET were used for the project. This long-lasting material lends itself well to outdoor applications due to its resistance to rot, mildew, insects and wind.

Additional site improvements include:

• a wheelchair-accessible cement walkway from parking lot to picnic shelter;
• general landscaping of the grounds;
• a recycling station modelled after the provincial park systems;
• wood cladding and crushed gravel around the base of Lost to the Sea memorial;
• a concrete bench.

Site improvements were funded by the Municipality of Clare and a provincial beautification program from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The concrete bench was donated by Laura and Louis Maillet in memory of their son Daniel Paul Maillet, who was lost at sea in 2006.

The park was officially opened on July 5, 2018, with an unveiling of a monument dedicated to those who lost their lives at sea. The park includes a picnic shelter, interpretive panels and a viewing scope.

For more information, visit the Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Park Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/capesaintmarylighthousepark/ and website https://capsaintemarie.ca/en/

concrete walkway new bench 2 restroom shelter 1

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Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

Media Contact / Interviews:
Larry Peach
Tourism Manager
Municipality of Clare
902-769-2031 or 902-769-8555

On July 3 at Villa Acadienne in Meteghan, the Municipality of Clare had the honour of taking part in the official announcement of the construction of a new long-term care facility in Clare. Thank you to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for recognizing the importance of offering a welcoming and safe environment for our residents and seniors that reflects the unique identity of our Acadian community. A special thanks to board, management and staff of Villa Acadienne for taking such great care of our loved ones.

Read the announcement by Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20190703002&fbclid=IwAR2B5A8WHrVgLKgbpX9wOlWtYiGR78x4TP3duO16jBkoTyFq6ERWILYjomw

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Minister of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey announces the construction of a new long-term care facility in Clare.

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Residents of Villa Acadienne welcome the announcement of a new facility.

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Left to right : Marcel Cottreau, Villa Acadienne Board Chair; Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden of the Municipality of Clare; Lucille Maillet, Villa Acadienne Administrator; the Honourable Randy Delorey, Minister of Health and Wellness; the Honourable Gordon Wilson, MLA for Clare-Digby

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