September 18-19, 2021

2021 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie cancelled

After careful consideration and monitoring of public health directives surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as in consideration of the preservation of our brand, the 2021 edition of Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie has been cancelled. Our priority is the health and well-being of participants, volunteers, our community and supporters.
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Saulnierville, NS, Canada – April 20, 2021:
After careful consideration and monitoring of public health directives surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as in consideration of the preservation of our brand, the 2021 edition of Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie has been cancelled. Our priority is the health and well-being of participants, volunteers, our community and supporters.

We will be back in 2022 with another stellar event that will meet the high quality and expectations that our participants and community have come to expect over the last five years. We hope to see you all on September 17 and 18, 2022!

In the interest of continuing to promote a cycling culture in our community, we are excited to offer a separate unique event planned for the summer of 2021. For those who enjoy rougher terrain and a smaller scale event, we are planning a “Terra Fondo” on October 2, 2021, where mountain bikers can experience some of our trails and beautiful scenery followed by an after-ride celebration and meal. Stay tuned for updates! Please note that this event is for those 19 years of age and over only. All Public Health protocols surrounding COVID-19 will be in place. 

For more information regarding the Terra Fondo, please visit the Baie Sainte-Marie website, or if you're ready: register now!

Thank you for your understanding, patience and unwavering support. Stay safe and stay in touch!

~ The Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie Team!

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 Bar Harbor 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. *Due to travel restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, The CAT will not operate in 2021. Ferry service will resume when the international land borders are reopened and public health circumstances allow.
  • 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.
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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 Clare 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
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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: