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

Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Sunday, July 30th 2017

This annual concert is deemed the largest outdoor Scottish concert in Cape Breton.  Entertainment includes traditional piping, fiddling, dancing and singing.  Concert begins at 3pm and is located 3km north of Inverness on Route 19 on the grounds of St.…

Chestico Days Summer Festival

Chestico Days Summer Festival

Monday, July 31st 2017 - Sunday, August 6th 2017

A week-long festival in Port Hood on the Ceilidh Trail from Monday, July 31, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017.   Events include: Live entertainment- adult dances and ceilidhs, recreational activities-lob ball tournament, golf tournament, ball hockey tournament for adults, children and youth…

Buddy MacDonald Live in Concert

Buddy MacDonald Live in Concert

Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Renowned Cape Breton Songwriter and Story Teller Buddy MacDonald is Back! With 35 years’ experience under his belt performing the world over with some of the greatest Celtic performers, come enjoy an interactive evening of sing along tunes with an…