The Municipality of Clare, situated on the shores of Saint Mary’s Bay in Southwest Nova Scotia, is a vibrant community with many possibilities for recreation, employment and socialization. In this beautiful bilingual region, you can find a wide variety of services and companies to suit your needs.
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 road trip, affectionately named the “longest Main Street in the World”. Friendly communities, bilingual signage and hundreds of colourful Acadian flags will proudly welcome you. Immerse yourself in our colourful culture and history through art, music, dance and storytelling. The Clare Visitor Information Centre (VIC), located in the Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre, is operated by knowledgeable staff from early Spring to late Fall.
Clare is the largest Acadian region in Nova Scotia, and displays great pride in the Acadian culture. In the summer, many local homes and businesses display the Acadian flag. As an Acadian community, we consider it a strength that the majority of our population is bilingual and can function in both English and French. The community is also home to the Festival acadien de Clare, one of the largest Acadian Festivals in the world, and the only Acadian Festival considered a signature event by Nova Scotia Tourism. Our community also benefits from having the only French university in the province of Nova Scotia: Université Sainte-Anne, an integral part of our community offering a wide variety of undergraduate degrees including an education degree.
While our region is diversified and offers a wide range of types of business services, the most important industries in our region are fishing, forestry and shipbuilding. Our economy doesn’t solely rely on industries based on the transformation of raw materials but many others such as the information technology industry that is constantly developing here in Clare. With numerous social clubs, the Clare Golf and Country Club, Université Sainte-Anne, beautiful beaches, and numerous breathtaking historical churches and Acadian cultural sites, there’s no question why so many people are drawn to our community.
The Municipality of Clare is an innovative and forward-thinking rural municipality that encourages economic development. As part of its Economic Development Plan, the Municipality of Clare is currently developing a recently acquired former sawmill site into an “ecoparc”- an industrial park with a focus on attracting companies that value ecological and economic sustainability as well as social responsibility. The 20 hectare site currently houses a recycling sorting facility and a biomass power generation facility. All inquiries regarding potential leases should be directly towards the municipality’s Economic Development Officer, Pam Doucet by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 902.769-3655. The complete Economic Development Master Plan is available on our website at www.clarenovascotia.com
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