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People & Cultures

Known as one of the first multi-cultural societies in North America, you’ll find culture is alive and well here. Aboriginal, Gaelic, and Acadian ancestries run deep in our communities, alive in the languages, stories, art, dances, cuisines, and music that showcase our cultural heritage.

People dressed in traditional robes in front of a large tent

Tap your toes to fiddle tunes at a Ceilidh. See authentic Acadian crafts at Les Trois Pignons. Connect yourself to the heartbeat of Mother Earth and take a piece of Mi’kmaw culture home with you at a drum making workshop. Unama’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Île Royale, a haven and fortress for French settlers. The Celtic Heart of North America. Cape Breton Island is many things to different people, but we just like to call it home.

Locals Know

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

Getting Here and Around