Celtic Heart

Welcome to Celtic Heart, your guide to discovering Cape Breton Island's living Celtic culture, the only one of its kind in North America.

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Our Celtic Island at a Glance

Highland Village Museum/Baile nan Gàidheal

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 buildings, including three frame houses (c1830-1900), a store, a carding mill, a church and a forge. Take part in a traditional céilidh, hear Gaelic singing,.. More

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

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 this area. Learn about the art of kilt-making, try your hand at milling, and watch our resident weaver at the loom; all.. More

Celtic Colours International Festival

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island. Since its introduction in 1997, Celtic Colours has grown to become one of Canada’s premiere musical events, and a cultural highlight of Nova.. More

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Celtic events

KitchenFest! | Feis a Chidsin!

KitchenFest! | Feis a Chidsin!

Saturday, July 1st 2017 - Friday, July 7th 2017

From July 1 to 7, the Island ceilidh season kicks off in style - in 30 venues, with 100+ events, and over 150 performers, Cape Breton will welcome one and all to the showcase of all things local; music, food,…

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Monday, July 3rd 2017 - Friday, September 1st 2017

Make plans for one of our Blas Math lunchtime ceilidhs, and get a taste of our lively music and dance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. Tap your toes to the sounds of fiddle, piano, bagpipes, Gaelic song, and more when…

Coig Live in Concert

Coig Live in Concert

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Còig, one of Atlantic Canada's premiere traditional groups, is an ensemble of East Coast musicians originally forming to promote the Celtic Colours International Festival. In one explosive coming together, what was once solo acts on stage has amalgamated into one…