902-769-2345 • www.baiesaintemarie.ca Clare Activity Guide 2018 19 Each year, thousands of tourists visit Sainte- Marie Church. Completed in 1905, this grand building was built in only two years by master carpenter Leo Melanson, helped by 1,500 parishioners. Its design is inspired by the famous castles of France’s Loire Valley. From mid-May to October, tour guides present the church’s fascinating history. For example, did you know that the steeple contains 40 tonnes of stone ballast to stabilize it against strong winds, or that the church used to be even taller? Sainte-Marie Church houses two exhibit rooms displaying artifacts of the region’s rich religious past, such as a reliquary handcrafted by a local Acadian artist, liturgical vestments and objects used to celebrate mass and administer sacraments. Wheelchair accessible. Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Donation, minimum recommended - $2 19. Marvel at the largest wooden church in North America! ❏ Photo : Nova Scotia Tourism