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Culture & Heritage

Our island resonates with voices of generations before us.
We hold our traditions close, and it’s a tradition to share what we have with our visitors.

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Hands on History

Take a White Glove Tour at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck to get an personal glimpse into the mind of the inventor of the telephone and pioneer of flight. Tour an underground coal mine with a retired miner at the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum and join in a Gaelic milling frolic at the Highland Village. Have a blast at the Fortress of Louisbourg where you can fire a period cannon or musket.

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Living Cultures

Cape Breton is one of the first multi-cultural societies in North America and culture is alive and well here. Our Aboriginal, Gaelic, and Acadian ancestry have deep roots in our communities, where language, storytelling, craft, dance, cuisine, and music showcase our cultural heritage. We hold our traditions close and it’s a tradition to share what we have with our visitors.

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Historic Sites and Museums

Delve into the mind of a genius, explore a 17th-century fort, or learn of our storied past. There are over 30 museums in Cape Breton as well as four national historic sites:

  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • Marconi National Historic Site
  • St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site

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Industrial Heritage

Coal mining began on Cape Breton Island almost 300 years ago. The Cape Breton Miners’ Museum pays tribute to this history, including an underground mine tour with retired miners as your guides. Coal led to Sydney once being known as the “Steel Capital of Eastern Canada”, and now visitors and locals alike can enjoy Open Hearth Park on the the former industrial site.

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Eskasoni Cultural Journeys

Eskasoni Cultural Journeys

Region: Bras d'Or Lake Scenic Drive Community: Eskasoni

P'jilasi. ‘Welcome’ in our native tongue. The 2.4km hiking trail will take you along the Bras d'Or Lake and its beautiful scenery. Experience several facets of traditional life as you meet and...

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Strathspey Performaing Arts Centre

Strathspey Performaing Arts Centre

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Mabou

Enriching performances of music, dance, and folklore, Strathspey Place is a 491-soft-seat theatre with state of the art sound and lighting, located on the Ceilidh Trail nestled among the rolling hills...

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Highland Village Museum/Baile nan Gàidheal

Highland Village Museum/Baile nan Gàidheal

Region: Bras d'Or Lake Scenic Drive Community: Iona

We are North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture. Our breathtaking 43-acre site features one of the most unbelievable views of the Barramens Strait, eleven historic ...

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“Firing an Eighteenth Century cannon isn’t just a matter of pushing a button or lighting a fuse. We had to dress like French artillerymen of the period, tricorn hat included, and march in formation up the battlements with a musical escort. The orders were given in French. “FEU” was my signal to blast away at imaginary foes…and my cannon belched out a lick of flame and pungent, sulphuric smoke.”

George Burden
Life As a Human: The Human Interest Magazine for Evolving Minds

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