Intention and heart goes into the many offerings Cape Breton’s artisans create.
Leather, glass, wood and clay are just a few of the mediums used to craft unique pieces that speak to the landscape and people from which they are born.
As you travel through our communities, you can meet dynamic artisans at work creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Artful surprises can be found tucked around the Island. There are clay potters on the North Shore, art galleries in the Highlands, rug hookers in Chéticamp and jewellery makers in between.
The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design exists to promote excellence in the field of craft and design through education, training, exhibitions and special events. Their exceptional Gallery Shop contains the work of over 70 Cape Breton artisans. Browse hundreds of unique and one-of-a-kind items that are on display and available for purchase.
If you are a doer, we have some creative hands-on experiences that will be sure to inspire. The Centre for Craft and Design offers workshops from introductory day sessions to advanced multi-day workshops. Some artisans across the Island offer DIY experiences such as Fabric Dyeing by the Sea, Glass Blowing Lessons, and Sea Glass Hunting and Jewellery Making.
Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CBCommunity: Membertou
Immerse yourself in an ancient Mi'kmaq culture at the Membertou Heritage Park. Touch, feel, and learn while experiencing fi rst-hand the rich culture that is Membertou. Through interactive exhibits,learn the st...
Discover the intricate world of expressions in glass with a visit to Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery. Nestled at the base of the Cabot Trail, you can see the works of some of Cape Breton's most talented artis...
Larch Wood cutting boards are cherished by owners for both their beauty and durability. Located along the banks of the Margaree River in East Margaree, Larch Wood has been crafting their unique end grain cuttin...
“Besides the stunning vistas, the Cabot Trail is known for its artisans. Grabbing an Artisan Trail Map put out by the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, we began our slow circuit and discovered leatherworkers, glassblowers, hatmakers, potters, basketweavers, woodworkers, photographers and painters, among others. The Acadian side of the trail is especially well known for the fine rug-hooking done by craftspeople there.”