Cape Breton Island Sights

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts

  • 51779 Cabot Trail Rd. Map It
  • South Gut St. Ann's
  • Educational Institution

Published 05/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Being home to direct descendants of the Gaelic pioneers, St. Ann's Bay is a logical site for this college, established in 1938 with a mission to promote and preserve the settlers' heritage. And mission accomplished, because today the campus provides a crash course in Gaelic culture. For instance, after learning about Scottish history in the Great Hall of Clans (particularly the Highland Clearances which sparked a mass exodus of Scots to the New World during the 18th century), you can view a short Gaelic-language film, then discover traditional disciplines like weaving and dancing at interactive stations. Not surprisingly, music at the college is especially noteworthy. Weeklong summer-school courses—as well as occasional weekend workshops—focus on topics such as bagpiping and fiddling. The college hosts a Wednesday-evening ceilidh in summer and in fall is a key site for the Celtic Colours Festival.

Sight Information


51779 Cabot Trail Rd., St. Ann's, South Gut St. Ann's, Nova Scotia, B0C 1H0, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • Great Hall of the Clans C$8, ceilidhs C$10–C$15
  • June–Oct., weekdays 9–5

Published 05/06/2016


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