Ceilidhs & Kitchen Parties

Ever wonder how many people and instruments you can squeeze into a kitchen?
The rhythm of life here is defined by such gatherings.
Feel its pulse during a square dance as you step to the jigs and rollicking reels.

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Celtic Music

Cape Breton Island is a hotbed of Celtic music and we encourage everyone to participate in the music at a ceilidh, dance or festival. With renowned artists like Natalie MacMaster or the Barra MacNeils, it is believed that Cape Breton Island has more fiddlers per capita than anywhere on the planet.

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Square Dances

The early styles of step-dance focused on solo dancing, but as time progressed, Cape Breton style square-dancing became a huge part of the tradition. The locals at square dances encourage visitors to jump right into the action and participate in this authentic celebration of our culture.

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Gaelic / Celtic Culture

The Gaelic language and culture has strong roots in Cape Breton that date back to the early 1800s. As an Island, this culture was preserved and continues to live on today. Experience the life of the Gaelic settlers at the Highland Village/ Baile nan Gàidheal or learn the Gaelic language at the Gaelic College/Colaisde na Gàidhlig.

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“We soon found ourselves in the middle of a lively kitchen party—a mini-ceilidh—as other folks followed the music into the house and furniture was moved aside for some step-dancing. Music seems so much a part of Cape Breton life that it just can’t help but bubble to the surface, and everyone joins in.”

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