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Artisans & Craft

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.

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Artisans, Studios and Gift Shops

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.

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Centre for Craft & Design

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.

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Do It Yourself

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.

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Les Trois Pignons: Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life

Les Trois Pignons: Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Chéticamp

Les Trois Pignons houses the Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life, an Acadian, cultural, genealogical and visitor information centre. Located in Chéticamp, on the world famous Cabot Trail, the ...

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Celtic Colours International Festival

Celtic Colours International Festival

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Sydney

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities t...

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Centre de la Mi-Carême

Centre de la Mi-Carême

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Grand Etang

Mi-Carême (Mid-Lent) is a celebration involving masks and disguises. The Centre de la Mi-Carême offers a unique display of locally crafted masks and interactive exhibits depicting the evolution of ...

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“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.”

Alison Gregor

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