September 21-22, 2019

Travel & Accommodations

Clare is also known as “La Baie Sainte-Marie”, with a dozen coastal fishing villages stretching along the panoramic shores of Saint Mary’s Bay.

Clare Map Inset 2019Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is located in the Municipality of Clare, situated on the shores of Baie Sainte-Marie (Saint Mary’s Bay) in Southwest Nova Scotia, and home to the largest Acadian community in Nova Scotia. Clare is also known as “La Baie Sainte-Marie”, with a dozen coastal fishing villages stretching along the panoramic shores of Saint Mary’s Bay.

The Clare region is an excellent destination for a cycling trip, affectionately named the “longest Main Street in the World”. Visit awe-inspiring churches, notably the granite Saint-Bernard Church, and Église Sainte-Marie, the largest wooden church in North America. Explore the region’s numerous parks and trails – don’t miss the two kilometre stretch of sand awaiting you at scenic Mavillette Beach Provincial Park, dubbed the best beach in the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores region in a recent poll.

How to get here

By Land

Trans-Canada Highway from New Brunswick into Nova Scotia. Highway 101 or 1 via Annapolis Valley, or Highway 103 from South Shore.

By Sea

  • MV Fundy Rose: Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia  www.ferries.ca. Save time, fuel and hours behind the wheel on your next journey from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia aboard the MV Fundy Rose. Spend less time driving and more time relaxing with a variety of onboard amenities and incredible views of the world famous Bay of Fundy. 
  • The Cat - Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, NS www.ferries.ca The fastest way to get from Maine to Nova Scotia, the high-speed CAT ferry takes you between Portland and Yarmouth in just 5.5 hours. With plenty of onboard amenities and knowledgeable staff and crew, the journey is more than just fast, it’s a way to discover the Atlantic en route. 
  • Northumberland Ferries - Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, NS www.ferries.ca Take a 75-minute ferry voyage across the beautiful Northumberland Strait aboard the MV Confederation and MV Holiday Island. Travelling between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia, your journey with Northumberland Ferries offers a variety of onboard amenities and services tailored to the Maritime experience.

Promo Code: GFONS* (15% discount) for use from September 15, 2019 to October 1, 2019.
*Book online at ferries.ca or by phone 1-877-762-7245 using the promo code “GFONS”. The discount will be available for travel between the dates of September 15 through October 1. Bookings can take place anytime up until October 1, 2019 and are subject to availability. This discount is valid for one-way and return travel. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.

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By Air

Robert L. Stanfield International Airport, Halifax, N.S. We are approximately a 3 1/2 hours drive from the closest major international airport in Halifax. Rental cars available. Mariners Shuttle offers a van shuttle service from Clare to the Halifax Airport via the Annapolis Valley.

Watch for the large blue signs on Highway #101 at Exits 28 and 32 that remind you that la Baie is only a few moments away!

For more information on what to see and do in Clare, Nova Scotia please download our 2018 Visitors Guide flipbook or check out www.baiesaintemarie.ca

Where To Stay

Clare Accommodations:

la Maison d’Amitié B&B

À la Maison d'Amitié B&B

Contact: Carol Fenstermaker
197 Base Line Road
Cape St. Mary
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Anchor Inn B&B

Anchor Inn B&B

8755 Route 1
Meteghan Centre
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Baie Ste-Marie Oceanfront Cottages

Baie Ste-Marie Oceanfront Cottages

1059 Riverside Road
Bas-de-la-Rivière
 
Belle Baie Park Camping

Belle Baie Park Camping

2135 Route 1
Church Point
 
Cape View Motel & Cottages

Cape View Motel & Cottages

124 John Doucette Rd.
Mavillette
Church Point Campground

Church Point Campground

164 Bonnenfant Rd.
Church Point
Eagle’s Cliff by the Sea

Eagle’s Cliff by the Sea

96, chemin Eagle’s Cliff
Salmon River
L’Auberge au Havre du Capitaine

L’Auberge au Havre du Capitaine

9118 Route 1
Meteghan River
 
Roadside Grill & Cabins

Roadside Grill & Cabins

3334 Route 1
Belliveau Cove
Su Ben B&B

Su Ben B&B

890 Route 1
Little Brook
Lavender Sky B&B

Lavender Sky B&B

4477 Route 1
Woodvale

For Airbnb listings in the Clare area, please visit the website.

There are plenty of campsites available at Belle Baie Park and Church Point Campground (902-769-0070), situated 15 minutes from the start. If you have an RV or a tent, there is dry camping near Mavillette Beach for $20/night. Dry camping means no services, water, sewer, electricity. Contact Cape View Motel & Cottages: 902-645-2258.

Stay in a Yurt! Hostel-style lodging on campus of Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point. Visit the website.

We also encourage you to stay with one of our accommodation sponsor partners listed below. These properties are all located within a 45-50 minute drive of the event. New for 2018: a round-trip shuttle service from Digby Pines & Admiral Digby Inn for $40 bicycle/person. Reservations: 902-769-2477, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Accommodation Sponsor Partners:

Admiral Digby Inn

Admiral Digby Inn

441 Shore Road
Digby B0V 1A0
Annapolis Basin Conference Centre

Annapolis Basin Conference Centre

761 Broadway Avenue
Cornwallis Park
rodd grand

Rodd Grand Yarmouth

761 Main Street, Yarmouth

Still need help finding a place? If the accommodation properties that you contact are full, please note that we are working with our community and have a list of private houses, camps, campers and rooms to rent, for singles, couples, families and groups of riders. Please call Ashley at 902-769-2031 (Mon. to Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) or message us using the form on the Contact page, and we will find you a place to stay that fits your needs.

There are also many accommodation options found 45 to 60 minute drive away from the event location in the towns of Yarmouth and Digby. For more information, visit one of these websites:

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