South Shore and Annapolis Valley: Places to Explore

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Point de l'Église (Church Point)

Small as they are, you still can't miss the communities that collectively make up the Acadian Shore. Each one on this stretch, beginning roughly in Beaver River and ending in St. Bernard, seems to have a surplus of Stella Maris flags, a disproportionately large Catholic church, and a French-speaking populace with an abiding passion for rappie pie (a hearty chicken stew with shredded potatoes). Church Point, called Point de l'Église by Francophones, tops the rest on all three counts.

Festival Acadien de Clare. The Acadian flags (picture France's tricolor with a gold star in the blue section) are prominently displayed from late July to mid-August when the village of Pointe de l'Église hosts the Atlantic Provinces' oldest Acadian celebration (it will be 60 years old in 2015). There are parades on land and water, concerts, theater, and other activities. Pointe d'Église, NS. www.festivalacadiendeclare.ca.

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