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Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy’s Canada Day Event 

Natalie MacMaster along with her husband Donnell Leahy, and their seven children, will be celebrating Canada Day virtually this year. The fiddles will be flying from their campsite in Ontario, shift to a cozy singer-songwriter session in Manitoba, then ramp back up in PEI aboard JJ Chiasson’s fishing boat for more tunes and a feed of lobster. Plus a few extra surprises along the way. 

Celebrate Canada Day by tuning in for music, singing, and dancing from the entire family, and much more! Tickets are $20 CND and shows are accessible from July 1-4, 2021.

Win a personalized Cape Breton Island Vacation, designed with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

Participate in Natalie and Donnell’s official Canada Day Social Media Contest and you’ll be entered to win a dream vacation for two to Cape Breton Island. The prize package is a personalized itinerary designed by Natalie & Donnell which includes some of their favourite experiences; a ceilidh at the Red Shoe Pub, whisky tasting at Glenora Inn & Distillery, taking a dance or Gaelic lesson at the Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College, golfing at Cabot Links and much more. You’ll even get to visit Natalie MacMaster’s parents’ home for a feed of homemade biscuits and strawberry jam made by Minnie! Click the link below to enter and start dreaming.

 

Natalie & Donnell’s Dream Vacation to Cape Breton Island (and our Prize Package for Two) is as Follows;

Day 1 – JA Douglas McCurdy Airport to Membertou -18kms

Welcome to Cape Breton Island! From the moment you touch down, you’ll be amazed by Cape Breton’s beautiful and friendly hospitality.

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Day 2 –  Membertou to Baddeck – 79kms

Start your morning by traveling to the Gaelic College to learn traditions, music, crafts, and customs and before taking off for the lakeside village of Baddeck. This small town is the former home of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone!

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Day 3 – Baddeck to Ingonish – 109kms 

Spend your first day along the world-famous Cabot Trail as you travel to Neil’s Harbour and the Ingonish region. Be sure to stop in at little shops and stop for photos often! As you travel up the side of Smokey Mountain you’ll have several ocean side look-offs on your right-hand side and endless mountain curves to your left.

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Day 4 – Ingonish to Chèticamp – 104kms

Start the day off right by hiking the Skyline Trail. This Cape Breton Island ‘must-do will show you where the rolling highlands meet the ocean. Continue around the Cabot Trail and learn more about the Acadian culture and traditions that can be found across Cape Breton Island.

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Day 5 – Chéticamp to Glenville – 68 kms

Drive along Canada’s Musical Coast along Cape Breton Island’s western coastline.  On your way to Glenville, you can stop in Inverness and take in some of the sights before heading towards Glenora Inn & Distillery.

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Day 6 – Glenville to Inverness – 11 kms

Head back from Glenville to Inverness where you’ll enjoy beautiful beaches, world-class golf and some of the Island’s best dining experiences. It’ll be a day to remember!

 

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  • Hop in the car for a quick drive back up to Inverness and spend some time exploring the shops and gallery along the main streets
  • Go to Cabot Links for a round of golf and stop for lunch at Cabot’s Panorama Restaurant, with stunning views of the ocean
  • Head down towards Troy, there you will have the opportunity to visit Natalie Mac Master’s parent’s home for a cup of tea and a feed of homemade biscuits and strawberry jam made by Minnie!
  • Afterward, enjoy a one-of-a-kind meal at Woodroad Restaurant, where chef Daryl is always cooking up something new!
  • Following your meal check-in to your overnight accommodation at Cabot Coast Cottages
  • Relax and spend the evening in the Cabot Coast Cottages’ sauna before hitting the hay!

Day 7 – Inverness to Sydney – 154 kms 

Today you will embark on a journey that will take you back through time, all the way to the 18th century! You’re headed to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site to experience life in North America’s largest historical reconstruction!

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Day 8 – Sydney to the JA Douglas McCurdy Airport – 21 kms 

Take time to reflect on your Cape Breton Island adventure as you head towards the airport. You may be leaving Cape Breton Island, but your heart will never leave.

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  • Gather your bags and begin to drive towards the JA Douglas McCurdy Airport
  • Plan your next vacation while you’re at the airport

Your prize package also includes round trip airfare for 2 people as well as a 7-day car rental. Natalie & Donnell have shared some of their favorite Cape Breton Island events; Chestico Days, Annual Broadcove Scottish Concert, Judique on the Floor Days, Inverness Gathering, Glendale Ceilidh Days. A visa gift card is included in this prize package to be used to purchase admission into your choice of some of these fantastic events. For full contest details and rules, follow the link below.

Find Your Celtic Heart on Cape Breton Island

Step into a land that flings you into tradition and sends you reeling with every dance. Discover a place that pulls on your heartstrings with one hand and deftly plucks a fiddle with the other. Lose yourself in Highland mountain trails and find your way back by road signs written in a familiar tongue

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Glenora Inn & Distillery

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Trip Advisor Rating 403 Reviews

Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Glenville

About Glenora Inn & Distillery: The Glenora Inn and Distillery Resort is situated on a 200 acre site in Glenville, rich in the heritage...


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Baddeck Lobster Suppers

Regions: Cabot Trail, Bras d’Or Lake

Community: Baddeck

About Baddeck Lobster Suppers: Fresh hard-shell lobster and all you can eat chowder and mussels! Incredible! And while the food is amazing, ...


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Skyline Trail

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Trip Advisor Rating 822 Reviews

Regions: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cabot Trail

Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

A dramatic headland cliff overlooks the rugged coast from the end of this level trail. You can enjoy an eagle’s view of the Cabot Tra...


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Governor's Pub & Eatery

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Trip Advisor Rating 1269 Reviews

Region: Sydney and Area / Marconi Trail

Community: Sydney

Governors Pub & Eatery, a superb Cape Breton seafood restaurant renowned for its fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, home-cooked meals and fab...


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