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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.
 
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    Arts North

    ARTS NORTH - Joanne Fitzgerald & Linda Doyon
    Open - June, September & October, 9-6 daily July & August, 9-7 daily 

     Joanne and Linda produce high-fired stoneware pottery in themes inspired by northern Cape Breton’s pristine environment: moose, whales, shorebirds and flowers. Joanne and Linda’s work and that of more than 20 other juried Cape Breton artists are retailed at Arts North, the Cape Breton-only gallery in Cape North, designed by Joanne and Linda. 100% Cape Breton arts and crafts. GETTING THERE: ON THE CABOT TRAIL, 4 KM SOUTH WEST OF THE VILLAGE OF 

    28571 Cabot Trail, , Cape North 

    Tel: 902 383 2911

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    Big Hill Pottery

    Linda has been creating beautiful, functional pottery for almost 30 years. A wide range awaits you; mugs, bowls, teapots, serving platters and more. Come watch as Linda creates magic on the potter’s wheel and take home a piece of magic with you. Dinnerware orders accepted, ask for details! Also available at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. GETTING THERE: 1 KM EAST OF EXIT 10 ON HWY 105, TAKE (REAR) BIG HILL ROAD NORTH FOR 3 KM. FOLLOW THE SIGNS! 

    Linda Wright 
    Open June to October, Tuesday to Saturday 10-5 Or by chance or appointment 

     

     

    549 Rear Big Hill, , Baddeck 

    Tel: 902 295 2726

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    Colouratura Art Gallery

    Directly on the Cabot Trail, this former church turned gallery welcomes you with an impressive array of some of the finest art work from Cape Breton artists. Also the home of Cabotto Chocolates, the Spirit of Adventure, Bars and Truffles – handmade on site. Look for the bright blue roof!

    Months of Operation - May 16 - November 22
    Open - 9-5 pm, 7 days a week.

    We accept Visa, MasterCard, debit and cash, and we offer fair exchange on US dollars.

    45943 Cabot Trail, , Indian Brook, NS

    Tel: 902-929-2324

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    Glass Artisans

    Expressions In Glass

    Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery is located on the Cabot Trail on beautiful Cape Breton Island. The gallery and studio is owned by Wendy Smith, a stained glass artist whose work is featured in the gallery along with many others.

    We invite glass artists from all over to come and rent the Flameworking Studio, Casting & Cold Working Studio and Glass Blowing Studio for one or two weeks during the summer and fall.  While they create new work at Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery visitors can watch the artists work their magic with glass.

    Glass Demo’s are daily June – October in one or all of the studios.

    We also offer one hour Flameworking and Glass Blowing classes when our instructors are available. Just send us an email for more information about classes and for booking details.

    Be sure to browse the online gallery and artist pages to discover amazing expressions in glass and plan a visit soon!

    Gallery is open 7 days a week with the following hours:

    May & June – 9 am – 6 pm
    July & August – 8 am – 7 pm
    September & October – 9 am – 6 pm
    November – April  – call ahead and we would be pleased to open for you.

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    Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company

    Shannon & Ryan Costelo 

    Open - May, June, September & October, 10-5 daily July & August, 9-7 daily 

    We take pride in handcrafting natural and luxurious soaps and lotions. Our secret ingredient? Fresh goat milk from the well-loved goats on our farm. Visit our shop to feel the goodness of goat firsthand. Our friendly goats love visitors, so be sure to stop by for a farm experience the whole family will enjoy! Also available at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. GETTING THERE: ON THE CABOT TRAIL IN INGONISH. (WATCH FOR GOATS!) 

    36028 Cabot Trail , Ingonish

    Tel: 902 285 2265 

  • Iron Art

    Iron Art


    A unique and charming gallery and workshop, with affordable, one-of-a-kind art by Cape Breton artists Carol & Gordon Kennedy: sculpture and visual art, original ironwork for home and garden, sensitive photographs and gift cards.
     

    Months of Operation  - May 15 - October 15

    Hours Of Operation
    10am–6pm daily; year-round by appointment.

    48084 Cabot Trail, , Tarbot

    Tel: 902-929-2821

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    Kiltmakers & Weavers - Gaelic College

    Colaisde na Gàidhlig, the Gaelic College,  carries unique, handcrafted treasures made just for you. Our kiltmaker specializes in custom, hand-sewn kilts and clothing in your choice of tartan, including ties, scarves, skirts and more. Professional-level weavers create one-of-a-kind pieces by beautifully blending colours and fibres to produce wearable items including shrugs, shawls and scarves. GETTING THERE: TAKE EXIT 11 OFF TRANS CANADA HWY 105. WE ARE 1 KM NORTH ON THE CABOT TRAIL. 

     

    51779 Cabot Trail,   , St. Ann’s

    Tel: 902 295 3411 

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    Leather Works by Jolene

    Belts, wallets, bags and other contemporary leather goods; reproductions of historic leather items.

    Months of Operation - May 1 to October 31

    Hours Of Operation

    9am–5pm (extended hours in summer); O/S by appointment.

    45808 Cabot Trail, , Indian Brook,

    Tel: 902-929-2414

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    Mamie's Schoolhouse -Sustainable Fibre Arts

    Mamie’s Schoolhouse features fibre arts workshops using sustainable materials and processes. Founded by ecological fibre artist Mel Sweetnam, workshops include making dyes from plants, resist and other surface design techniques using plant dyes, hand-stitched bookbinding, and others. Schedule and locations vary, see website for details. Mel’s work is available online, at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, Victoria County Creates and the Gaelic College Craft Shop. 

    Tel: 902-323-0714

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    Piper Pewter Inc.

    Piper Pewter Inc.

    Distinctive lead-free pewter jewellery, candleholders, Christmas ornaments, letter openers, clan crests and more. Celtic, Scottish and contemporary designs all handcrafted on-site.

    Seasonal Dates:
    Open from June 1st to Mid Oct ( or By appointment)

    Hours of Operation:
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily

     

    46112 Cabot Trail , Indian Brook, NS

    Tel: 902-929-2227

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    Salty Roses & Perwinkle Cafe

     This welcoming space along Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail is a place to gather and enjoy everything from your morning cup of coffee and a healthy breakfast to an afternoon glass of wine and charcuterie, alongside an amazing selection of locally made art and craft. Be sure to check out our jewellery making workshops and unique selection of fine jewellery made on-site! GETTING THERE: LOCATED IN NORTH BAY INGONISH, NEXT TO GROOVY GOAT FARM & SOAP COMPANY

    Open - May to October, 7:30-6 daily 
    Caitlyn Purcell

    36056 Cabot Trail, , Ingonish

    Tel: 902 817 6601

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    Sew Inclined

    Tapestries and brocades are in abundance at Sew Inclined. Whether you are looking for jackets, vests, dresses, purses or hats, Sew Inclined will have something for you. Our contemporary and historical designs are for men, women and children. Medieval or modern or anything in between, we can outfit you in the historical costume of your choice. Adaptations of historic costumes are made for today's lifestyle, comfortable yet fashionable. Let Sew Inclined design something for you or bring your ideas in and we'll make them a reality.

    You will find Barbara's designs and work by other featured local craftspeople when you visit Sew Inclined at the studio and shop in Wreck Cove on the breathtaking Cabot Trail.

    Months of Operation - May 1 to October 30

    Hours of Operation - 9 am. - 5 pm. Daily

    41819 Cabot Trail, , Wreck Cove

    Tel: 902-929-2050

  • Victoria County Creates

    Victoria County Creates

    Over 70 Artists From Nova Scotia.

    Victoria County Creates is a place where local artists and craftspeople of all kinds can sell, work and teach others about their creative and technical processes.  Find us in the charming waterfront town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

    Victoria County Creates is open year round and houses the work of over 70 artists.  A wide range of items big and small, both functional and purely artistic. A world of wonder for someone looking for the perfect gift, especially during the holidays. 

    Our Artist In Residence program brings in talented people from all over to have you watching in awe of their artistic skill, if not participating in their craft yourself. We host art workshops, afternoons of crafting and more.


    July 4th, 2016 Victoria County Creates opened its doors to the public with 25 local artisans and four Artists in Residence (AIR) lined up from July to October. We now have over 70 artists featured in our shop and have hosted seven incredible artists in our Artist in Residence program. We feature glass, jewellery, woodwork, textiles, photography, painting, cards and so much more. 

    507 Chebucto Street , Baddeck

    Tel: (902) 295-3424

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    Wildfire Pottery

    Wildfire Pottery features the artistry of Sarah Beck. Sarah is best known for her raku pottery sculptures of puffins, bears, owls and other animals which exhibit whimsy and charm, but she also makes functional tumblers and plates, intricate laser cut jewellery, prints and cards of her colorful animal portrait paintings and a multitude of other creations. As the pottery is also a working studio visitors may see the artist at work and learn a bit about the process involved.
     

    Months of Operation - June 15 - October 15

    Hours Of Operation
    10am–6pm daily (Thur to 3:30pm); closed Sep 2–7.

    44556 Cabot Trail, , North Shore

    Tel: 902-929-2315

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    Woodsmith Studio

    Woodsmiths Studio transforms the finest of local Cape Breton woods into functional art.

    Using local Cape Breton woods, our expert Woodsmith, Bob Evans, has created a variety of unique, original and very functional products. With well over 40 years devoted to teaching, designing and creating, Bob offers a finished product that is not only original but produced in limited quantities.  Many items depict a variety of woods including beautiful yellow birch, beech, oak, ash, maple, Birdseye maple, spalted woods, cherry, apple and walnut. Learn from Bob and his expert staff the process that begins with drying the wood in a kiln to the finished product. 
     

    Months of Operation  -   June 1 - October 15

    Hours Of Operation
    9am–5pm.

    45070 Cabot Trail, North Shore , North Shore

    Tel: 902-929-2111

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