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

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 now.. 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

Mabou Spring Concert

Mabou Spring Concert

Sunday, May 21st 2017

Annual concert featuring local musicians, dancers and singers. Bring your family along for a fun filled evening of song and dance. Concert starts at 7pm

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).…

Lunch Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Lunch Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Monday, June 12th 2017 - Sunday, October 15th 2017

The Celtic Music Centre's Ceilidh Pub offers daily lunch service featuring live traditional music with some of Cape Breton's best up and coming and seasoned musicians. Enjoy home-cooked Nova Scotia favourites such as our signature seafood chowder, traditional lobster sandwich,…