The Municipality of the District of Clare has a population of 8018 persons (2016 census) residing in a large coastal and inland area of 852 km2. The municipality consists of 48 communities that are identified in the landscape by colourful blue village signs.

Click on a community name below to learn more about its history and tourist amenities.

Sources consulted include:

  • “Along the Shores of St. Mary’s Bay: The Story of a Unique Community”, J. Alphonse Deveau (1977)
  • “Nova Scotia Place Names”, David E. Scott (2015).
  • “Petite histoire et monuments de Clare”, Société historique acadienne de la Baie Sainte-Marie (2005).

Likely named after Bangor, Maine, due to their mutual involvement with forestry, this small inland village once had three operating sawmills.

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Once a major shipbuilding and lumbering village, today Belliveau Cove offers a picturesque municipal park, restaurants and art galleries.

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Located near the boundary of the counties of Digby and Yarmouth, the village is named after an indigenous briar plant.

Located inland, near the Digby-Yarmouth County line, this village was named for a cedar grove.

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The village was founded in 1772 by François Doucet and Pierre LeBlanc who arrived with their families on Seraphin Island.

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Located inland, this village connects Church Point and Concession and formerly had a train station. 

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