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

Féis An Eilein

26th Annual Féis an Eilein August 16-20th, 2016 A Feis is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of an area in part through the provision of educational and social activities for people of all ages. The first Féis was held on the Isle of Barra in 1981. The community of Christmas.. More

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

Whether you’re looking for an educational tour, a relaxing culinary experience, or an interactive day of fun, Colaisde na Gàidhlig has something for you!  While visiting Colaisde na Gàidhlig, enjoy a day filled with culture, learning, and fun.   The Craft Shop at Colaisde na Gàidhlig is your first stop when visiting campus and is.. More

Celtic Colours International Festival

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club. Over the years, artists have traveled from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Brittany,.. More

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

A must see during your visit to our Island is the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design in downtown Sydney. The stunning Gallery Shop contains the work of over 70 Cape Breton artisans. Hundreds of unique and one-of-a-kind items are on display and available for purchase. The Centre also hosts exhibitions and a variety.. More

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Celtic events

Glencoe Day

Glencoe Day

September 4th, 2016

Community celebration with games of chance, horseshoes, Mass at St Joseph's, followed by a dinner and square dance at the Glencoe Mills Hall.

Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day

September 17th, 2016

This afternoon festival of rural life is for the entire family. Join us for a corn boil, square dance, milling frolic, traditional cooking, natural dye displays, traditional woodworking and iron work demonstrations. Watch the Cash Carding Mill demonstrations, and a…

Aaron Lewis and Kimberley Fraser Concert

Aaron Lewis and Kimberley Fraser Concert

September 17th, 2016

Two eminent and talented Cape Breton musicians, Aaron C. Lewis and Kimberley Fraser will team up to put on an incredible show! Begins at 7:30pm Tickets $15 Advanced tickets available at the museum or by phone. Doors open at 7pm