Tourism Services

Bienvenue! Welcome to the Municipality of Clare, Nova Scotia’s French Acadian Shore! Situated on the scenic shores of Saint Mary’s Bay (Baie Sainte-Marie) in Southwest Nova Scotia, the Municipality of Clare is home to the largest Acadian community in Nova Scotia. Clare is where the preserved traditions of the past intersect with the eclectic youth of tomorrow. The region is renowned for its vibrant joie de vivre and is home to the oldest Acadian festival in the world, Festival acadien de Clare, as well as the host for the newest cycling experience, the Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie. The area is also well-known for the immensely popular Musique de la Baie kitchen parties and Les Beaux Vendredis lobster suppers. The Clare Visitor Information Centre (VIC), located in the Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre, is operated by knowledgeable staff from May to October. In 2018, Clare will be celebrating and commemorating the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the first Acadian family in Clare, Joseph & Marie Dugas. We look forward to your visit in our vibrant corner of l’Acadie!


Baie Sainte-Marie tourism (to plan your visit)
Clare Activity Guide 
Festival acadien de Clare 
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie 
Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Park  (NEW!)

Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre
Contact the tourist bureau
Contact the tourism manager 


Are you the owner of a short-term rental property in Clare?

As of April 1, 2020, all short-term rentals in Nova Scotia not located in your primary residence are now required to register under the Province’s new Tourist Accommodations Registration Act. For 2020, fees are waived due to the current COVID-19 situation.

We encourage all eligible short-term rental properties to register in order to be marketed through Tourism Nova Scotia’s marketing channels, even if they are operating in their primary residence. For more information:

To register your property, please visit this page:

Once registered, please provide your confirmation number to Clare Tourism Services so that your property can be promoted on our local tourism websites such as and

Contact: Larry Peach, Tourism Manager, Municipality of Clare 902-769-8555,

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Tourism Services

1185 Highway 1
Little Brook, Nova Scotia
B0W 1M0

Phone: 902-769-2013
Fax: 902-769-3773

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