Municipality of the District of Clare

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Municipality of the District of Clare
Municipalité du district de Clare
Official seal of Clare
Location of the Municipality of the District of Clare
Location of the Municipality of the District of Clare
Coordinates: 44°20′00″N 66°07′00″W / 44.333333°N 66.116667°W / 44.333333; -66.116667
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
IncorporatedApril 17, 1879
Electoral Districts      

West Nova
 • TypeDistrict of Clare Municipal Council
 • County seatLittle Brook
 • WardenRonnie Bones[1]
 • Land852.55 km2 (329.17 sq mi)
 • Total8,018
 • Density9.4/km2 (24/sq mi)
 • Change 2011-16
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Area code(s)902 - 769,837,645,778
Median Income*$41,450 CDN
WebsiteOfficial website
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Clare, officially named the Municipality of the District of Clare, is a district municipality in western Nova Scotia, Canada. Statistics Canada classifies the district municipality as a municipal district.


Primarily an Acadian region, the Municipality of the District of Clare occupies the western half of Digby County. Most of the municipality's settled areas are located along St. Marys Bay, a sub-basin of the Gulf of Maine.


The township was settled in 1768 by Acadian families who had returned from exile.[4] It was named "Clare" by then Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Michael Francklin. The name comes from the County Clare in Ireland.[4]

Present day[edit]

The municipality is mainly inhabited by Acadians and conducts its business in both English and French, although the most commonly used language is French. The only French university in the province of Nova Scotia, Université Sainte-Anne, is located in Church Point. The area hosts the oldest and largest annual Acadian Festival, as well as Nova Scotia's first Gran Fondo cycling event.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Municipality of the District of Clare recorded a population of 8,018 living in 3,691 of its 4,681 total private dwellings, a change of −3.6% from its 2011 population of 8,319. With a land area of 852.55 km2 (329.17 sq mi), it had a population density of 9.4/km2 (24.4/sq mi) in 2016.[5]

Ethnic Groups (2006)[7]
Ethnic Origin Population Pct (%)
French 4,405 50.9%
Canadian 4,065 47.0%
Acadian 1,950 22.5%
English 1,380 16.0%
Irish 755 8.7%
Scottish 645 7.5%
Métis 505 5.8%
First Nations 345 4.0%
German 265 3.1%


Access routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the district municipality, including external routes that start or finish at the municipal boundary:[8]


Musical groups from the area include:

The song M'en allant par Saulnierville Station written by Denis Comeau and recorded by Suroît is a song about the local community of Saulnierville Station.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Warden Ronnie LeBlanc bio". Municipality of the District of Clare. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Clare Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  3. ^ Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
  4. ^ a b Brown, Thomas J. Place-names of the Province of Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Royal Print & Litho. p. 85.
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  7. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Clare Municipal District, Nova Scotia
  8. ^ Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Page 84

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°20′N 66°07′W / 44.333°N 66.117°W / 44.333; -66.117