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

Cabot Trail Writers Festival

Thursday, September 28th 2017 - Sunday, October 1st 2017

One of the most famous roads in the world, the Cabot Trail, lends its name and wends its way to one of the hottest writers’ festivals around: The Cabot Trail Writers’ Festival. Hatching plots and trading tales amid the glorious…

Masters Concert at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Thursday, October 5th 2017

Kickoff concert for the Celtic Music Centre's "Buddy MacMaster Fiddle Camp", featuring 10 fiddlers and guest musicians! Always a fantastic concert that sells out quickly! NOT TO BE MISSED! Performers will be announced by summer 2017 (listing will be updated).…

Celtic Colours International Festival

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Saturday, October 14th 2017

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…