Culture

There is a living Celtic culture on Cape Breton Island where, as we say, “the Gaelic is strong”. And we’d love to share it with you.

The Gaelic language and culture has strong roots in Cape Breton that date back to the 18th century. As an island, this culture was preserved and continues to live on today. You can experience the life of the Gaelic settlers at Baile nan Gàidheal (Highland Village), learn a traditional Gaelic milling song and take part in a milling frolic, or even become a Gaelic speaker through one of our immersion programs.

Events

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Monday, July 3rd 2017 - Friday, September 1st 2017

Make plans for one of our Blas Math lunchtime ceilidhs, and get a taste of our lively music and dance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. Tap your toes to the sounds of fiddle, piano, bagpipes,…

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Experiences

Celtic Colours International Festival – Cultural Experiences

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

More than 250 cultural experiences await you during Celtic Colours. Break bread and share a home-cooked meal at one of the many Community Meals or visit a Famers' Market for local grown and handmade goods.…

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Highland Village – Adult Living History / Gabh Pàirt `nar Stòiridh – Become Part of Our Story

Explore the vibrant and celebrated history of the Gaels and get a deeper appreciation of their rich culture by becoming part of the story. This two-hour living history program allows you (and your family) to…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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