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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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Membertou Heritage Park

Membertou Heritage Park

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

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Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

Region: Cabot Trail Community: St. Ann's

Experience Gaelic culture with concerts, ceilidhs (pronounced kay-lees), classes, and more! A visit to the Great Hall of the Clans gives you an inside look at the traditions of those who settled in th...

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Féis An Eilein

Féis An Eilein

Region: Bras d'Or Lake Scenic Drive Community: Grand Narrows

27th Annual Féis an Eilein August 15-19th, 2017 A Feis is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of an area in part through the provision of educational and ...

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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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