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

Apparition Hill

Apparition Hill

Sunday, May 28th 2017 - Sunday, May 28th 2017

Apparition Hill explores one of the greatest paranormal mysteries in the world.Seven strangers journey to Medjugorje, a village in Bosnia-Herzegovina, to investigate reports of miracles and supernatural phenomena. Join two atheists, one believer, a mother struggling with cancer, a man diagnosed with…

Music Camp on the Canal 2017

Music Camp on the Canal 2017

Friday, June 2nd 2017 - Sunday, June 4th 2017

Music Camp on the Canal begins Friday evening with a reception and jam session, where participants and faculty get to know each other musically. There are 5 concurrent workshop time slots (each 1.25 hrs) on Saturday (4) and Sunday (1).…

Heather Rankin

Heather Rankin

Saturday, June 3rd 2017

This is an exciting record and an exciting musical departure for Heather Rankin, who sold more than a million records as part of The Rankin Family, sang backup vocals on Carly Simon’s album The Bedroom Tapes and has been featured…