Welcome to French Shore
The villages of Church Point, Grosses-Coques, Belliveau Cove and St Bernard, on the mainland directly across St Mary’s Bay from Digby Neck, make up the heart of the French Shore. This is where Acadians settled when, after trekking back to Nova Scotia following deportation, they found their homesteads in the Annapolis Valley already occupied. Now linked by Hwy 1 – pretty much the only road in each town – these are small fishing communities.
The best way to explore this fading but unique part of the province is to follow Hwy 1 as it hugs the shoreline, from Belliveau Cove to as far south as Mavilette Beach. It can be approached equally in the reverse direction.