History + Culture
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History + Culture


Cape Breton is world-renowned for its breathtaking natural landscape and safe, friendly communities. People are drawn to the region’s living culture – it’s Celtic, Acadian and Indigenous history and traditions. International festivals, museums, national historic sites, and major cultural events contribute to the richness of life on the Island. The beauty of Cape Breton is displayed in every season, with warm summers, breathtaking autumns, crisp winters and a pleasant spring.


Cape Breton has a diverse cultural background with a unique ancestry of over 30 cultures including Acadian, Scottish, Mi’kmaw, African, Irish and more.


The island is home to an extensive network of national heritage sites, museums and experiential-based tourism assets, as well as one of Canada’s most economically successful First Nations communities, Membertou, and the world’s largest Mi’kmaq Community, Eskasoni.


With a proud Scottish heritage, many institutions on the island such as The Gaelic College, Colaisde na Gàidhlig, located in St. Ann’s, have been developed to celebrate, honour and teach cultural expressions including the performing arts, language and production of traditional crafts and tools.


Known for its unique music, languages, cuisine and the visual arts, Cape Breton and the people of the island continue to honour age-old traditions while going out-of-way to welcome new migrants from across the country and around the world.

Due to the effects of COVID-19, the Cape Breton Partnership has put together a list of helpful resources.

Find more information here.
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