Pointe-de-l'Église, Nova Scotia

Pointe-de-l'Église, (Church Point) is an unincorporated community located on Saint Mary's Bay in the District of Clare, Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is home to Université Sainte-Anne and is known primarily for the tallest wooden church in North America, Église Sainte-Marie, which is located just north of the University. The Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre, housing an Acadian interpretive centre and visitor information, is located on the university campus. An Acadian Odyssey Monument commemorating the founding of Clare was erected in September 2015, and is situated in front of the Visitor Centre.


Church Point
Sainte-Marie's Church
Location of Pointe-de-l'Église, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 44°20′20.22″N 66°06′51.04″W
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
FoundedJune 1783
IncorporatedFebruary 28, 1890
Electoral Districts     

West Nova
  TypeTown Council
  MLAWayne Gaudet (L)
  MPGreg Kerr (C)
0 - 152 m (−499 ft)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
B0V 1A0
Area code(s)902
Telephone Exchange245
Median Earnings*28,551
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Also on the university campus houses the local arena and the home of the Clare Acadiens hockey association.


The Catholic Church Sainte-Marie, was built from 1903 to 1905. Today it is on the "Evangeline Trail" and borders the campus of Université Sainte-Anne, the only French language university in Nova Scotia. Pointe-de-l'Église continues to constitute part of a thriving Acadian French linguistic presence in Nova Scotia.


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