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June 15, 2014
Issue #005, June 15, 2014

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the June 2014 issue of Your Nova Scotia Travel Tips!

Summer is finally here! Yipee!!

The focus of this issue of Your Nova Scotia Travel Tips is Cape Breton. One of the most beautiful places in Nova Scotia. A wonderful place for a vacation!

I'll share with you my week-long tour of the Ceilidh and Cabot Trails that I did last year. It was an awesome week.

If you only have a short time for a vacation in Cape Breton then this information is definitely for you!

Enjoy!Ann Marie

Festivals & Concerts

Yip....lots to do in Cape Breton! This is a list of events and festivals along the Ceilidh and Cabot Trails this summer & fall.

Might be hard to decide what to do....not to worry....everything is a great time!

'Play it again Sam' Musical
Inverness, Ceilidh Trail
June 18, July 2, 16 & 30, August 6 & 20 (8pm)

10th Annual Englishtown Mussel Festival
Englishtown, Cabot Trail
June 28

Gaelic College KitchenFest
Cape Breton wide
Jun 29 - Jul 5

Annual Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Golf Classic
Baddeck, Cabot Trail
July 10 - 11

Port Hood Annual Lobster Picnic
Port Hood, Ceilidh Trail
July 12

Acadian & Scottish Concert
Cheticamp Visitor Centre
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Jul 14 (8-9pm)

Festival l'Escaouette
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Jul 14 - Aug 15

Mabou Ceilidh
Mabou, Ceilidh Trail
July 17 - 20

Belle Cote Days
Belle Cote, Cabot Trail
Jul 23 - 27

Broad Cove Concert
Broad Cove, Ceilidh Trail
July 27

Acadian & Scottish Concert
Cheticamp Visitor Centre
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Jul 28 (8-9pm)

Festival l'Escaouette Parade
Gala du Festival
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Aug 3

Annual Ceilidh on the Wharf
Mabou, Ceilidh Trail
Aug 10

Acadian & Scottish Concert
Cheticamp Visitor Centre
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Aug 11 (8-9pm)

Fete nationale des Acadiens
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Aug 15

Judique On The Floor Days
Judique, Ceilidh Trail
August 15 - 17

Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling 2014
St. Ann's, Cabot Trail
August 16 - 17

Kintyre Farm Scottish Concert
Judique, Ceilidh Trail
August 17

Acadian & Scottish Concert
Cheticamp Visitor Centre
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Aug 25 (8-9pm)

Glencoe Day
Glencoe Mills, Ceilidh Trail
August 31

2014 Hike the Highlands Festival
Ingonish, Cabot Trail
September 12 - 21

Celtic Colours International Music Festival
Baddeck, Cabot Trail
October 10 - 18


If for some reason these dates are difficult for you remember that there are weekly square dances and ceilidhs along both trails.

You can see all of your options on my Cape Breton Festivals & Events page.

A tour of the Ceilidh & Cabot Trails

Now to my tour.......

I had 1 week vacation in late June....what to do...then it occurred to me...a tour of the Ceilidh and Cabot Trails!

But could I really enjoy it with only 1 week. Well, the answer is yes.

I had a great time - attended a ceilidh, heard Acadian music, hiked several trails, walked awesome beaches, took lots of pictures and ate loads of seafood.

I wrote all about it. Hope you find it interesting.
Check out my special on the Ceilidh & Cabot Trails.


Some great places to eat along the Ceilidh and Cabot Trails are:

Ceilidh Trail:

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre - Judique
Sandeannie's - Harbour View
Red Shoe Pub - Mabou
Glenora Inn Dining Room & Pub - Glenville
Cabot Links Golf Course - Inverness

Cabot Trail:

Harbour Restaurant & Bar - Cheticamp
Restaurant Acadien - Cheticamp
Markland Restaurant - Dingwall
The Chowder House - Neil's Harbour
Purple Thistle Dining Room - Ingonish
The Highwheeler Cafe - Baddeck
Baddeck Lobster Suppers - Baddeck

These all offer good food with something unique. My biggest recommendation is to have a crab dinner at the Chowder House in Neil's Harbour!

The Great Outdoors

There are many outdoor activities along the Ceilidh and Cabot Trails.

I recently wrote about hiking in the Mabou Highlands. A fantastic place to hike. The coastal views are amazing.

My Nova Scotia Hiking page gives information on several hiking trails along this area. They are all great and have varying degrees of length and difficulty.

There are also options for whalewatching. There are boat tours in Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay, Bay St. Lawrence and Ingonish. This is a great adventure with the kids.

I went a couple of years ago in Cheticamp. It was so thrilling to see the whales.


If you don't wish to hike without a guide check out the Cape Breton Highlands Park activities. They have organized activities all summer long including hikes.

They even have an evening hike on the Skyline Hiking Trail which is north of Cheticamp. If there is one hike that you must do this is it! Absolutely gorgeous!

Celtic Music

As you can see from my festival and events listing there is celtic music everywhere along the Ceilidh and Cabot Trails. This is probably the most musical part of the entire island.

Celtic music is part of the lifestyle and culture here. I hope you get to experience some of this special music. You might even learn how to square dance!


If you can't take any vacation this summer and you really want to experience Cape Breton and her brand of celtic music check out the Celtic Colours International Music Festival.

This festival takes place in October all over the island. The fall colours are amazing and the music is pretty good too!!

Hot off the Press

Did you know that Cottage Life recently ran an article about Canada's 5 Most Thrilling Drives. I am happy to say that the Cabot Trail was one of the 5!

Hope you can come to experience it this summer! The Cabot Trail is absolutely gorgeous and, yes, the ride is thrilling!


Do you want to get some FREE tourism guides about Nova Scotia? Maybe even a map?

Well, you can! Call Nova Scotia Tourism at 1-800-565-0000.

They will send you a Doer and Dreamers Guide book.

Make sure you ask for a Nova Scotia travel map too!

A little extra...

Do you think you might have longer than 1 week to discover Cape Breton? Well, there is lots more to see and do!

If you have more time why not explore the
Alexander Graham Bell Museum , the Fortress of Louisbourg and the Miner's Museum.

These are wonderful places to visit. All of them would be great additions to your vacation plans.

If you can't do it this trip...I'll guess you need to come back.

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My pinterest boards are really starting to grow. It really is addictive. These boards help me to collect wonderful pictures.

Want to see awesome pictures of Nova Scotia? Visit's profile on Pinterest.

Do you want up-to-date information on interesting things happening in Nova Scotia?

Setting up a facebook page is still on my 'to do' list.

Stay tuned!!

That's it for now!

See you next month about this time for the next issue of Your Nova Scotia Travel Tips.

Don't forget to forward this issue to your friends and family! I would really appreciate it!

All the best,
Ann Marie

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