Cape Breton 101

Saturday morning marks a new season and Fall is definitely in the air! I was in Baddeck yesterday and Port Hawkesbury two days before that and the trees are starting to show off their brilliant hues. But don't worry, there is still a lot to do here on Cape Breton Island.

If you are planning to visit Cape Breton this Fall whether to take in the Celtic Colours International Festival (buy  your tickets HERE) or just to see the fabulous display of colours that Mother Nature has planned for us, there are a few things you should know before you cross the Canso Causeway onto our Island.

World renowned for our hospitality, you will be greeted by Ciad Mille Failte – 100,000 welcomes – as you cross the Causeway. You will no doubt hear it several times in your travels across the Island.

You should also be aware of what we mean when we say “kay-lee.” We’re not talking about a person, but about a "Ceilidh" (meaning: Gaelic for party or informal gathering). You will find ceilidhs at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Gaelic College, Highland Village and in halls and homes across the Island. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes because you never know when you’ll be asked to join in!

So if you are planning on visiting Cape Breton in the near future, that’s a start for some of the terms you may hear. There are lots of sites that can help you learn more about our Gaelic culture, language and way of life. You may even learn (and hear) a few Gaelic curse words! Start here at to get a taste of what's in store for you in Cape Breton this Fall.

Bidh mi 'gad fhaicinn I'll be seeing you!

Cape Breton 101

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