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.
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.
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.