The Mi’kmaq have lived in this region for ten thousand years and their culture continues to thrive and enrich us. Within our five First Nations communities, you’ll discover legends, music, art, humour, cuisine and stories that have been passed down over hundreds of years.
Acadians have a long history in Cape Breton that began more than 400 years ago with the arrival of the first European settlers. Through their French language, tapestry, music, food, art and festivals, you’ll engage in the Acadian joie de vivre (joy of life).
Cape Breton Island is called the Celtic Heart of North America, as the music and traditions of its Gaelic settlers has been preserved and shared since the early 1800s. You can experience a traditional square dance, learn a Gaelic milling song or tap your toes to fiddle tunes at a ceilidh.
Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CBCommunity: Arichat
BlacksmithingWhether you’re 8 years old or 80 years young, enjoy a visit to one of the oldest stone buildings on the Island to learn about the traditional art of blacksmithing and produce a piece of your own....
Region: Bras d'Or Lake Scenic DriveCommunity: 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 interact ...
“Rich with Celtic, Mi’kmaq and Acadian heritage, Cape Breton is a delight for history buffs, music lovers and explorers of nature. Immerse yourself in 18th-century life at the Fortress of Louisbourg, explore the winding roads and Atlantic vistas of the Cabot Trail, and seek out a local Ceilidh for a lively and rousing experience.”