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Victoria County has a number of great vacation experiences, packages and special offers to enrich your visit.  Please select a category and/or region to explore the Things to Do in our area.
 
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada is a member of Parks Canada’s family of special places and spaces that commemorate our natural and cultural heritage.Here you can explore the amazing worlds of a lifetime that has touched all of us. You’re in for a pleasant surprise because the telephone was only the beginning of Alexander Graham Bell’s life-long pursuit of knowledge and invention.

    Discover how air and water captured Dr. Bell’s imagination and how ideas led him to transmit sound on light and create a treadle powered sound recording device, man-carrying kites, airplanes and a record setting-hydrofoil boat.
    Find out how he bridged the world between sound and silence, participate in experiment, kite-making and kite-flying programs, enjoy hands-on activities designed especially for children and take in a presentation in Mr. Bell Theatre.
    Plan to spend a minimum of two hours in this accessible facility where interactive displays, films, artifacts, models and a beautiful historic photo collection provide an entertaining and informative experience for everyone. Ask about our children’s area. Picnic facilities are available on the beautiful grounds overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes where Alexander Graham Bell and his associates made history.

    Be sure to visit the Museum Store and the Tetra Café.
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    Cabot Trail

    World reknown, the Cabot Trail is one of North America’s top touring destination areas. Named for the famous explorer, John Cabot, the Cabot Trail  (300 km) winds around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This highway is carved into the sides of the mountains that rise high above the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Lookoffs offer unforgettable vistas. Take 3-5 days when touring the Cabot Trail and enjoy one of the world’s top gems.

     

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    Cape Breton Highlands National PArk


    Cape Breton Highlands is one of Canada’s most stunning and diverse national parks located at the northern and most rugged tip of Cape Breton Island, between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean. Within its 950 km2 (366 sq mi), the park encompasses a great variety of wildlife and landscape: a magnificent highland plateau with windswept barrens, deep-walled canyons, picturesque waterfalls, sandy beaches and and spectacular cliffs plunging into the sea. Through it all winds the Cabot Trail, one of North American’s top touring destination areas. Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers 24 look-offs with exhibits, 550 camping sites in six spectacular settings and 26 hiking trails from easy strolls to challenging climbs to panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoast. 

     

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    Celtic Colours International Festival

    Cape Breton invites you to our island of an unique culture. Join us for the 2018 Celtic Colours International Festival from October 5-13.  During the day enjoy our community cultural events – outdoor, visual art, participatory events, community meals and learning opportunities. An at night enjoy our events concerts.

     

    Tel: +1 (888) 355-7744 / 902-567-3000

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    Colaisde na GĂ idhlig/ Gaelic College

    Colaisde na / The Gaelic College has an international reputation for its contribution to the promotion and preservation of traditional Gaelic culture, offering instruction in over ten disciplines, and year-round learning and fun. As a cultural destination, it will delight visitors with the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the living culture of the Nova Scotia Gaelic people.

    Immerse yourself in the traditional Scottish dance, music folklore, and language at North America’s only Gaelic College. The Gaelic College was founded in 1938 by Rev. A.W.R. MacKenzie as a school devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic Language and Celtic Arts & Crafts. The College programs and activities include a summer school for student and adults, Gaelic Immersion weeks, March Break Camps, and a Summer Ceilidh Series and concert featuring some of Cape Breton’s finest performers. While at the College visit the Great Hall of Clans and learn more the Clan History. The College features an excellent gift shop featuring tartans, kilts and much more.

     

    Tel: 902-295-3411

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    Giant MacAskill Museum

    Artifacts belonging to Angus MacAskill, the Cape Breton giant who stood 7 ft. 9 in. tall. His chair, clothing, bed, boot and walking sticks, as well as items of interest from the early 1800s to present day, are on display. Giant MacAskill died in 1863. His grave is in the Englishtown cemetery nearby.

    504 Route 312, , Englishtown, NS

    Tel: 902-929-2875

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    North Highlands Community Museum & Culture Centre

    The North Highlands Community Museum & Culture Centre showcases the history and heritage of Northern Cape Breton and serves as a local gathering place for the community to share the stories and talents of our people. During the summer & early fall evening, presentations and concerts take place at the Culture Centre.

    29243 The Cabot Trail, , Cape North

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    Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum

    A living museum that recreates the 200 year history of Scottish settlement in Cape Breton. The Highland Village depicts the life of Gaelic-speaking Scots in Nova Scotia. Experience their language, singing, dancing as a reminder of the simple joys that were treasured and that have preserved the Gaelic culture. Inside the 43 acre village, ten restored historic buildings reflect the various periods of the history of the Scottish settlers and communities.  See costumed animators demonstrate weaving, rug hooking, soap making and blacksmithing. Set high on a hillside, the village also provides panoramic views of the Bras d’Or Lakes and surrounding countryside.  The Highland Village is home to the Roots Cape Breton Genealogy Centre & Family History Centre. A number of great events will take place at this village this summer including Codfish Suppers, Highland Village Day. Open June 1st – October 20.

     

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    Ross Ferry Marine Park

    The Ross Ferry Marine Park is located on the scenic Bras d'Or Lake in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The park is on the site of the ferry which operated for many years between Ross Ferry and Big Harbour, across the Great Bras d’Or Channel. 

    After the Seal Island Bridge opened in 1961 the ferry was closed and the site remained fallow for many years. In the early 2000’s, after decades of deterioration and neglect, local people decided it was time to take matters into their own hands.The Ross Ferry Stewardship Society, a volunteer-based community organization, was formed with the intention of improving the site and to providing continued access to the Bras d’Or. The Society negotiated an agreement with the Province of Nova Scotia to manage the site and work began to create the Marine Park.

    Significant contributions and assistance were received from the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, Victoria County and other public and private sources. With funding in place, a development plan was created and the work of transforming the site began. 

    Today we have a vibrant community park which includes picnic areas, walking trails, refurbished wharf facilities, a sewage pump out for boaters, a boat launch, and a children’s playground, all in an idyllic setting on the shores of the Bras d’Or. 

    The Ross Ferry Stewardship Society hosts a number of events throughout the summer and fall that include - Canada Day, Summer Thursdays - evening presentations, farmers market on Sundays, Summer Sundays, Ross Ferry Cup and Labour Day celebrations. 
     

    9685 Kempt Head Road , Ross Ferry, NS

  • St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse

    St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse

    Canada’s ocean shoreline, at 243,000 kilometers, is the longest in the world. Just minutes off the world famous Cabot Trail, you will find Canada’s first and only federally designated “heritage” lighthouse on any of Canada’s three oceans. Built in 1915 and relocated to Dingwall in 2010, the St. Paul South West Lighthouse is also the first cast iron lighthouse constructed in Canada. TripAdvisor rates this an exceptional, interesting & informative tour. The lighthouse is a standing tribute to the Lightkeepers and their families. Climb the stairs and view the rotating clockwork and rare Fresenel lens. Step back in time to when seamen and vessels relied on lighthouses for navigation. Experience what life was like on a isolated island; the storms and hardships and viewing the artifacts by hearing their stories and viewing the artifacts in our museum located besides the light. Open 7 days a week, during the season, 10:00 am. – 5:00 pm. Tel: 902-285-0304. Guided Tours. Free Admission & Gift Shop. Located at 575 Dingwall Road, Dingwall, Nova Scotia B0C 1G0

    575 Dingwall Road, , Dingwall, Nova Scotia

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    Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre

    The Wagmatcook Centre is dedicated to learning and reviving the Mi’kmaq culture on the First Nation of Wagmatcook and beyond. The Centre welcomes you to experience all that is Mi’kmaq. As you arrive at the Wagmatcook Centre, Mi’kmaq guides will greet you for an excursion through time. Interpreting the Mi’kmaq culture and traditions, they will leave you with a glimpse into the lives of their people, through the tales of the centuries. A splendid vaulted ceiling and brilliant Mi’kmaq murals await you in the Great Hall, the grand achievement of the Centre. Here you will enjoy daily multi-cultural entertainment ~ feel our culture come alive in Mi’kmaq drumming, dancing and story-telling by spiritual leaders. The Centre features a museum, craft shop and restaurant.

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