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Chéticamp in Inverness County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

The Cabot Trail

St. Pierre’s Church and Father Fiset/L'église Saint-Pierre et le Pere Fiset

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, August 28, 2019
1. The Cabot Trail Marker
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Built in 1893, St-Pierre's Church majestically watches over the Acadian community of Chéticamp. An imposing 212 feet long, 74 feet wide and with a steeple rising to 167 feet, St-Pierre's lavish Baroque interior and original Casavant organ make it one of the most ornately beautiful churches in the Maritimes.

At the time of the construction, Chéticamp was a very poor parish. Under the resourceful leadership of Father Fiset and the devotion of his parishioners, the community was able to come together to achieve what seemed impossible. Much of the work and materials were donated. Parishioners all gave one day a month of labour. Stones, quarried from nearby Chéticamp Island, were hauled across the frozen harbour by horse-drawn sleds in the winter and lumber was donated from the land of community members.

Father Fiset's wise direction not only contributed to the construction of this glorious church, he also worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the Acadian people of Chéticamp. Father Fiset is entombed in St-Pierre as an eternal testament of the community's love and gratitude.

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The Cabot Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel
2. The Cabot Trail Marker
en 1893, l'église Saint-Pierre trône majestueusement sur la communauté acadienne de Chéticamp. Avec ses 212 pieds de longueur, largeur et son clocher qui s'élève de 167 pieds, l'église Saint-Pierre est imposante. Son somptueux intérieur baroque et son orgue Casavant d'origine en font l'une des églises les plus magnifiquement décorées des Maritimes.

À l'époque de sa construction, Chéticamp était une paroisse très pauvre. Sous la gouverne inspirée du Père Fiset et appuyée par la dévotion de ses paroissiens, la collectivité a su se regrouper pour accomplir ce qui semblait impossible. La plupart de la main-d'ceuvre et des matériaux ont été donnés gracieusement. Les paroissiens ont chacun donné une journée de travail par mois. Extraites des carrières de l'ile de Chéticamp à proximité, les pierres ont été transportées en hiver sur le havre gelé au moyen de traineaux tirés par des chevaux, alors que le bois d'oeuvre a été donné par les membres de la collectivité et coupé sur leurs terres.

La sage direction du Père Fiset a non seulement contribué à la construction de cette fabuleuse église, elle a aussi servi à améliorer la vie des Acadiens et Acadiennes de Chéticamp. La dépouille du Père Fiset repose dans l'église Saint-Pierre comme témoignage éternel de l'amour et de la gratitude la collectivité.
 
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Region Chéticamp, Nova Scotia.
 
Location. 46° 37.171′ N, 61° 0.983′ W. Marker is in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia, in Inverness County. Marker is on Cabot Trail, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15114 Cabot Trail, Chéticamp, Nova Scotia B0E 1H0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1790 - 1990 (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Chéticamp War Memorial (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); La Bouée du havre / The Harbour Bouy (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); The Gypsum Mine/La Mine De Plâtre (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Voie ferrée et « Lu vieille Louise » / The railroad and "La Vieille Louise" (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Tunnel et Quai de la mine / Tunnel and Mine Wharf (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); M. Joseph Macfarland / Mr. Joseph MacFarland (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Dés l'année suivante, en 1927 / The following year, in 1927 (approx. 1.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chéticamp.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 20, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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