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Canada’s Musical Coast

Coastal communities and boundless ocean views woven together by musical tradition. Honest, authentic and without pretension—this is a coast shaped by song, strings, and sometimes, even the spoons.

Set along the Island’s western coast, it’s home to world-class fiddlers, whole clans of musicians, folk artists, and inspiring landscapes. You won’t just hear it. You’ll see, taste, and be moved by its warmth.

Oh The Things You’ll See

Flying fiddlers and leaping Celtic dancers. Traditional Acadian dishes and centuries-old-songs. Painted sunsets and woven landscapes hung from gallery to museum. Salty boat breezes and crisp mountaintop air. Championship greens and a pub named The Red Shoe. You’ll see a lot, but experience so much more.

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Centre de la Mi-Carême

Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Grand Etang

Mi-Carême (Mid-Lent) is a celebration involving masks and disguises. The Centre de la Mi-Carême offers a unique display of locally crafted...


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Glenora Distillery

Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Glenville

North America’s first distiller of single malt whisky. An inn, pub, dining room and gift shop surround a courtyard with a running broo...


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Eagle Eye Outfitters

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Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Inverness

Welcome to beautiful Cape Breton Island! At Eagle Eye Outfitters, we offer everything you need to explore our scenic surroundings. Located i...


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Glenora Inn & Distillery

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Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Glenville

The Glenora Inn and Distillery Resort is situated on a 200 acre site in Glenville, rich in the heritage of its Scottish culture and onl...


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Canada’s Musical Coast has more square dances than stop signs! Jump into the action and take in some live Celtic music as the family square dance. Mix & mingle with locals that are keen to teach you the ways of a long-standing family tradition. Step your way to meeting you new friends and lasting memories as you dance the night away.

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Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

Getting Here and Around
Celtic Heart of North America

Experience Celtic Colours

Destination Cape Breton will be live streaming from Celtic Colours. Experience the music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate Celtic culture.

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