The Joseph and Marie Dugas Park is named in honour of a brave Acadian pioneer family. Adversity was not new to Joseph Dugas and his wife Marie-Josephe Robichaud when they set out from Port Royal in 1768. They left by horse, with a four-year-old daughter, Isabelle. You can imagine the hardships the family encountered, such as having to make rafts to cross several rivers. Yet they succeeded. In September 1768 they arrived on the shores of St. Mary’s Bay and became the first permanent settlers of Clare, in present-day Belliveau Cove. Nearby Major’s Point Historic Site commemorates this arrival.