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The Ceilidh Trail

The linked websites on this page are provided as a starting point for you to explore Cape Breton Island. All content is the sole responsibility of the owner of each website & does not imply agreement by MacKenzie House Tourist Home. Quotes given are from each website describing in their own words the services they offer. Enjoy our Island!

Dining

Glenora Inn Dining Room & Pub
"The Glenora menu is designed and presented by Chef' Andrew Kinnear.  Each signature dish is prepared with the most local ingredients and influenced by tradition and Nova Scotia culture.  Dining at Glenora is in the top 100, according to "Where to eat in Canada" and we are proud members and promoters of "Taste of Nova Scotia""

Haus Treuburg
"Each evening enjoy a romantic candlelight four course dinner prepared by Chef Georg. View our unique dining room antiques while listening to the soothing sound of classical music. Treat your taste buds to typical European appetizers, homemade breads, fresh local fish and Georg's specialty - apple strudel!"

Red Shoe Pub

The Clove Hitch Bar & Bistro

The Mull Cafe & Deli
"The Mull is one of the most popular fully licensed dining establishments on the western side of Cape Breton Island.  Choose our air conditioned dining room or the all weather deck dining room."

Galleries & Shops

Galloping Cows Fine Food - Joanne & Ron Schmidt
"At Galloping Cows Fine Foods, we are committed to great taste. That means we use only the freshest produce and the highest quality ingredients to ensure our exquisite flavours, time after time."

Mabou Village Gallery - Suzanne Chrysler MacDonald"The Mabou Village Gallery operated by artist Suzanne Chrysler MacDonald is now open at its new location at 11511 Highway 19, Mabou, directly behind An Drochaid (The Bridge Museum).  You will find colour photographs, prints, originals and gift cards of her original paintings in her Mabou Village Gallery."

Ann Shroeder Studio - Fine Art Quilts - Ann Schroeder"I describe what I make as fine art quilts.  “Fine art” because I paint and print with dyes and cut and reassemble fabrics to make an overall visual statement, a collage of fabric."

Nature Lost & Found - Viki Ogden
"Originally from England, I now live in a small rural area of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A fine artist, I also do a range of mixed media and writing. My subject is always the same though. An appreciation of everything around me and introducing people again to the nature and beauty of the world around us."

Doug Fraser Art - Doug Fraser“It is essentially a painting of light.  The ideal is to show nature in its strength and its simplicities. To make visible the sublime. By applying thin layers of paint my goal is to create luminous skies, misty atmospheres, and to create an evocative feeling in each piece.  To give us the impression of a particular moment in time, of a particular mood, to make us aware of the awe of this privileged moment".

Inverness County Centre for the Arts
"Our professional exhibition space showcases the talents of local and world-renowned artists. The gallery includes a large gallery with an observation balcony, adjacent outer gallery and the Third Meadow Gallery Shop featuring artists from across Inverness County and beyond."

Tears of Glass - Brenda Reichel
"Tears of Glass is a jewelry studio and gallery that specializes in creating unique one of a kind jewelry pieces using local, hand combed beach glass. Inverness, Cape Breton is the picturesque backdrop for my studio and my life. Our community and the local beaches inspire my creations and fuels my imagination."

Virginia McCoy
"What better way to learn about Cape Breton than through the lives and work of its artisans. View our Artisan map showing the locations of all of our artisan's studios."

Museums & Attractions 

Port Hastings Historical Society Museum & Archives
"History comes alive in this modern museum overlooking the Strait of Canso…"

Cape Breton Celtic Music Interpretive Centre
"The Mission Statement of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre is to collect, preserve and promote the traditional Celtic music of Cape Breton Island through Education, Research and Performance."

Glenora Distillery
"The Glenora Inn & Distillery is located on a 900 acre site in Glenville, Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada" …

Inverness County Centre for the Arts
"Our professional exhibition space showcases the talents of local and world-renowned artists."

Inverness Miner's Museum
"The Inverness Miners’ Museum is located in the Canadian National Railway Station (1901) in Inverness on Cape Breton Island. Established in 1977, the Museum presents the coal-mining history of the area in five rooms of displays."  

Inverness Raceway
"The Inverness Miners’ Museum is located in the Canadian National Railway Station (1901) in Inverness on Cape Breton Island. Established in 1977, the Museum presents the coal-mining history of the area in five rooms of displays."  i

Red Shoe Pub
"The Red Shoe Pub has become a kind of "home away from home" for many locals and visitors over the years. After a brief closing, the Red Shoe Pub has been bought by the Rankin family and was reopened on June 1st, 2005. We look forward to seeing you this summer at "The Shoe" for good food, drinks and great music."

West Mabou Beach Provincial Park
"Nova Scotia has a wealth of provincial parks. Some are small picnic areas, and others are large parks with a variety of facilities. West Mabou Provincial Park on Cape Breton Island is a natural environment park with a beautiful large sandy beach and dune system at the mouth of Mabou Harbour (off Highway 19)."

Mabou Farmers' Market
"Come hang out with us! It's one stop shopping. There's lots for lunch and snacks, eggs, meat, seasonal produce and berries, fresh baking, flowers and plants. You'll be able to find the perfect gift from a selection of jewellery, fine quilts, cards, handspun yarn goods, body care products, aromatherapeutic gifts, and the list goes on."

Festivals & Events

Festival of the Strait
"Festivities taking place during this four-day festival include live outdoor concerts, children's activities and a parade. Events take place at the Port Hawkesbury waterfront."

West Mabou Family Square Dances
"Enjoy outdoor dancing under the stars on our stage during summer months. We have featured many fiddlers over the years such as Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Howie MacDonald, John Morris Rankin, Richard Wood, Buddy MacMaster, Kinnon & Betty Lou Beaton, Rodney MacDonald, Glen Graham, and many other great entertainers."

Broad Cove Scottish Concert
"The Broad Cove Scottish Concert is deemed as the largest outdoor Scottish concert in Cape Breton. The concert holds great significance to the music culture of our Scottish heritage. The strong dedication of our volunteers has made this concert possible throughout the years. Entertainment includes traditional piping, fiddling, dancing and singing."

Chestico Days Summer Festival
"Port Hood, Ceilidh Trail(Hwy 19) A week-long summer festival with events such as golf tournament, horse race, road race, dances, concerts, ceilidhs, BBQ, beer gardens, boat and street parades, boat rides, lobster supper, games, fireworks, dancing festival, traditional Celtic music, children's clown show, sand sculpture competition, beach volleyball tournament, food and craft show, strong-man competition, and teen dance. The festival wraps up with fireworks on Sunday at dusk."

Kintyre Farm Scottish Festival
"Outdoor Scottish concert at Kintyre Farm, River Denys Road, Judique. Featuring Judique’s and Inverness County’s famed fiddlers, singers, dancers, pipers and Celtic guitarists. Canteen, BBQ, washrooms and free parking."

Golf

Cabot Links
"Set in the picturesque town of Inverness, Cabot Links is proud to call the West Coast of Cape Breton Island home. With sprawling hills surrounded by a magnificent valley, leading out to the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, visitors will truly enjoy the region’s splendor. A community rich in history and culture, Inverness is a one-of-a-kind place full of hometown pride."

Beaches

Port Hood Beach
"Port Hood beach is a safe beach because it is well protected by land. Water temperatures vary between 22 and 24 degrees C. The supervised area of Port Hood beach is normally about 200 meters wide beginning at the breakwater on the left side of the beach and extending about 100 meters to the right of the chair."

Inverness Beach
"The lifeguard chair is positioned about 100 meters from the left of the beach entrance with the supervised area normally extending approximately 75 meters on either side of it. The waters of Inverness are usually warmer as compared to many of the other salt water beaches in Nova Scotia."