Traditional Cape Breton style step-dancing is alive and well on the Island and is enjoyed regularly by young and old.

The early styles of step-dance focused on solo dancing, but as time progressed, Cape Breton style square-dancing became a huge part of the tradition as well. Today in Cape Breton, square dances are attended hugely for social purposes, but they certainly offer good workout at the same time! Best of all, you can jump right into the action and have fun as a novice. Here are some “dancing” options for you when you visit our fine Island:


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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