Église Sainte-Marie, is located in Church Point next to the Université Sainte-Anne campus. Sainte-Marie parish, the first parish to be established in the St. Mary's Bay area of Southwest Nova Scotia, is a catholic community of the Archdiocese of Yarmouth/Halifax.
A historical place of worship, the church, with its steeple rising 56.4 m (185 feet) above the ground, is the largest wooden church in North America. Built over a period of two years, from 1903 to 1905, by 1500 volunteers under the supervision of a master carpenter who could neither read nor write, it features large columns which are actually complete 20 m (70ft) tall tree trunks. The tall steeple is anchored down using 40 tons of rocks and contains 3 large bells with a combined weight of almost 2 tons.
The architecture of this church is based on the French Breton style and it is the only church in the world with this style of architecture which is built out of wood. A visit to this magnificent structure will reveal a connection to rumrunners and unique shipping methods of the era.
Since the year 2000 this breathtaking structure is a registered museum. We are wheelchair accessible and have a large paved parking lot providing ample free parking.
To help with the high maintenance costs, we recommend modest donation of $2 per person for admission. We are open to visitors daily from mid-May to October between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.