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Everyday Life & Observations in Digby & Area

Day Trippin’ – Part Four

on October 25, 2012

Continuing our Day Trippin’ series, today took us down Route 1 known as the Evangeline Trail towards the Acadian shores on St. Mary’s Bay to explore some more Acadian history. Stopping first in Clare, we come across this fine church known as Eglise Saint Bernard. This stone, neo Gothic structure is famous for its acoustics and can accommodate 1,000 people.

Continuing down the road, still in the Acadian district of Clare, County of Digby, we stop at Belliveau Cove.

A major centre of wooden shipbuilding in the 19th and early 20th century, it is now famous for their soft shell clams called steamers, which between May and October, the exposed sea floor at low tide is the best place to dig for clams. Of course, a cove wouldn’t be complete without its own lighthouse.

And a very popular farmer’s market in season

Further down the road is the historical site of the first Acadian cemetery from 1755.

Next up we pull into the community of Church Point (Point de l’Eglise) and you can’t miss the Eglise Ste-Marie overshadowing everything around it.

Completed in 1905, its the largest wooden church in North America. It is 190 feet long by 185 feet high, and the steeple, which requires 40 tons of rock ballast to keep it steady when the ocean winds blow, can be seen for miles.

Church Point is also home to the only French language institution among Nova Scotia’s 17 degree granting colleges and universities. Founded in 1891, the university focuses on Acadian studies and culture in the Province of Nova Scotia.

The de-commissioned light at Church Point light was discontinued in 1984 and is maintained by the University. However, it has fallen into disrepair as seen in this photo.

Directions were scarce to this site but it does house some nice little buildings for picnicking and an afternoon seat on the swings.

Hopefully this glorious weather continues and we can bring some more day trippin’ stories your way!

Cheers!

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