• 27th Annual Bay St. Lawrence Fishing Derby & Crab Festival

    27th Annual Bay St. Lawrence Fishing Derby & Crab Festival

    The Bay St Lawrence Fire Department will host its 27th Annual Fishing Derby and Crab  Festival on Sunday July 22nd.

    The festival is one of the longest running Crab Festivals in Nova Scotia.

    Visitors will spend the day enjoying the water participating in the fishing derby.

    Local fishermen try to ensure all visitors get to go out in a boat to do some fishing in hopes of winning the big prize. All children participating in the derby win a prize.

    Fishing Derby - at the Bay St. Lawrence Wharf
    Registration 7:00am
    Departure 8:00am
    Scales Close 1:00pm
    Largest Fish Overall grand prize $500.00, other prizes include, cash, gift certificates, and merchandise.

    Crab Fest - at the Bay St. Lawrence Fire Department
    Dinner 12:00pm
    Prizes 4:00pm
    Crab or ham dinner featuring salads, vegetables, tea, coffee, and desert. 

    The Bay St. Lawrence Fire Department is proud to participate with the Seawall Trail Society's annual Seaharvest Festival. Enjoy the breathtaking views, food and activities in Northern Cape Breton!Everyone then follows that up with what is known as the best crab dinner on Cape Breton Island just up the road at the Firehall.

    Location: Bay St. Lawrence Fire Hall, Bay St. Lawrence

    Date: July 22

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    3rd Annual Snowmobile Poker Run

    We would like to invite you to our 3rd Annual Snowmobile Poker run on Saturday February 16th, registration from 10-12pm. Run begins at noon with a guide or you can branch off on your own. Designated spots will have special cards to be picked up, these will be clearly marked along the trail (in and around Bay St Lawrence). A chilli and soup lunch will be provided upon your return at 4pm. After all hands are recorded, prizes will be given out and a pub will begin at 4pm till 8pm. Our one set registration fee includes poker hand, lunch, and admission to the pub for $25.

    Half and half tickets to be sold
    Prizes will be given for 1st place best poker hand ($100 plus a prize), and 2nd place poker hand ($50 plus a prize)

    Location: Bay St. Lawrence

    Date: February 16

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    Art Shows (July) at Markland


    June 9 - July 29, 2018

    Celeste Nikkel is a local favourite whose art has graced the Markland walls for many years. She truly captures the spirit, energy and landscape of Cape Breton in an unique and magical way.  Feel free to drop in at the Markland anytime to look at the art and even buy a piece as a lasting memory.  

    Location: Dingwall, NS

    Date: July 1 - July 29

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    Barra MacNeil's in Concert

    August 2, 2018

    They're back! The Markland is thrilled to be welcoming back for the 7th year the well known Canadian musical group, the Barra MacNeil family.  We love having the Barra MacNeils and their highly entertaining and energetic yet intimate show sells out every year. It truly is a Maritime highlight!  So come on out ... the evening is sure to entertain.

    The six MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Hailing from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the family group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal. Very exciting indeed for all of us up here on the northern tip of Cape Breton!

    Call the Markland at (902)383-2246 to get your tickets ($20/person). Advance Ticket Sales only.

    Location: Dingwall, NS

    Date: August 2

  • Bay St. Lawrence End of Summer Festival

    Bay St. Lawrence End of Summer Festival

    The community of Bay St Lawrence will host its A End of Summer Festival. The Festival will be packed with events for people (visitors and locals) of all ages.

    Please note this festival has been cancelled for Aug. 24-26 but will be re-scheduled in September. Dates to announced in the near future. 

    Location: Bay St. LAwrence Community Centre, Bay St. Lawrence

    Date: August 24 - August 26

  • Bay St. Lawrence Winterfest

    Bay St. Lawrence Winterfest

    Bay St. Lawrence Winterfest Schedule of Events:

    Feb. 10 -   BSLCC  - Chase the Ace 5-6 pm,  6 pm. 45's, $10 Admission includes
                                       Light Lunch.
    Feb. 11 -  Outdoor Rink  - Family Fun Skate from 4-6 pm. BSL Rec Society
                    Memorial Tarabish Tournament, $10 pp, 7 pm.,  BSLFD
    Feb. 12 - Valentines Crafts for Youth 3 pm, BSLCC
    Feb. 13 - Darts 7 pm., BSLFD
                   Teen Pizza & Paint Night 7 pm., BSL Fishnet
    Feb. 14 - Sweets & Tea, All proceed to Hudson MacKinnon, donation at door,
                   BSL Sun Gym
    Feb 15 -  Slide and Fun Evening, BSL Rec Society
    Feb 16 -  Annual Poker Run & Pub, $25, Register 10-12 noon.
                   Crib Tournament, 12 noon, $10 pp, BSLCC

    Location: Bay St. Lawrence

    Date: February 10 - February 16

  • Bay St. Lawrence Womens Fishnet Blueberry Event

    Bay St. Lawrence Womens Fishnet Blueberry Event

    Enjoy locally harvested wild blueberries served as a shortcake dessert with tea or coffee. Noon until sold out. Everything is locally sourced.

    Local entertainment, Hughie and Hector MacKinnon will be on site. 

    Location: Bay St. Lawrence

    Date: August 19

  • Brunch - St. Andrews Parish Hall

    Brunch - St. Andrew's Parish Hall

    Brunch at St. Andrew's Parish Hall, Neil's Harbor, Sunday, July 22 beginning at 12:00 noon until sold out. Includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, juice, coffee or tea. Adults $10.00 , Children under 12 - $8.00.

    Location: Neil's Harbour, NS

    Date: July 22

  • Cabot Fire Dept - Dance

    Cabot Fire Dept - Dance

    Cabot Fire Dept Dance , Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 pm. -1:00 am.  19 & Over .
    featuring Macdonalds DJ service. $7.00 

    Location: Cabot Fire Dept. Hall, Cape North

    Date: July 21

  • Canada Day - Bay St. Lawrence

    Canada Day - Bay St. Lawrence

    Canada Day in Bay St. Lawrence

    9:00 am. - 2:00 pm.  Pancake & Maple Syrup Breakfast, Bay Cafe 
    10:00am. - 12:00 noon - Flea Market, Community Centre 
    12:00 noon -- Offical Opening of BasketBall Courts
                     Bounce Tent, Tug of War, Sack Races, Fish Pond, Face Painting
    5:00 pm. Chase the Ace 19 & over 
    6:00 pm. Draw for the Ace, 45's to follow
    8:30 pm.  Fireworks, Music, Cake. 

    Location: Bay St. Lawrence

    Date: July 1

  • Canada Day - North Highlands Community Museum

    Canada Day - North Highlands Community Museum

    Live Entertainment, Scavenger Hunt,  Cake, hotdogs, Freezies from 12 noon till 2 pm. at North Highlands Community Museum, Cape North.

    Location: Cape North

    Date: July 1

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    Cape Breton Musicians


    DERON DONOVAN -  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights
    MICHAEL GOREY - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights

    Daily Performances (excluding Thursdays), starting mid June
    Markland Lobby, 7-9pm

    Please join us nightly for a Cape Breton evening celebrating Deron Donovan and award-winning Celtic/Folk musician Michael Gorey . You're sure to be entertained in the comforts of the Markland lobby with laughs, stories and the vibrant music of Cape Breton. 

    Check out for more information or call the Markland at (902) 383-2246

    Location: Dingwall, NS

    Date: July 1 - August 31

  • Cape North Farmers Market

    Cape North Farmers Market

    THIS Saturday from 10:00 am. - 1:00 pm. at the Farmers Market: Mount Cabot UCW is serving breakfast sandwiches, with entertainment by Norm MacDonald. See you there at the Cabot Fire Hall in Cape North!

    Location: Cape North

    Date: July 14

  • Chrissie Crowley & Jason Roach

    Chrissie Crowley & Jason Roach

    Two members of ECMA award winning Celtic band - COIG, Chrissie Crowley & Jason Roach are performing at the North Highlands Culture Centre, Cape North on Thursday, July 5 at 7 pm. Tickets are $20.00

    Location: North Highlands Culture Centre, Cape North

    Date: July 5

  • Classical Concert with Anna Wedlock & Catherine Little

    Classical Concert with Anna Wedlock & Catherine Little

    Classical Concert with Anna Wedlock & Catherine Little

    July 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm .   $25

    On Sunday, July 15th, violinist Anna Wedlock and cellist Catherine Little will perform music by Gliere, Schumann, Oliver Schroer, and Eugene Friesen at the North Highlands Culture Centre.

    Cellist Catherine Little is a creative thinker who enjoys problem solving and the spirit of discovery. Catherine draws inspiration from her teachers and students, all different genres of music, and life itself. Her work on stage and in the studio is passionate, sensitive and imaginative.Catherine has professional experience playing with several orchestras and large ensembles, in major musical theatre productions, on a number of recordings, and on film. She is currently a member of the Cape Breton music-inspired Baroque N’ Fiddle String Quartet (Celtic music in a classic string quartet), the classically bent Basso Nova cello/bass quartet, and The Maudes, a classically informed folk-style string duo. Catherine holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in music performance from Wilfrid Laurier University and the Université de Montréal. She currently lives and works as a performer and music teacher in her native Nova Scotia.

    Anna Wedlock has been a performer since she was a child. At 6, she was cast in a principal role in the CBC film Pit Pony, starring along side Ellen Page. Two years later, she continued that role in the Pit Pony series. She continued to act into her early teens. Credits include the role of Elizabeth in the cartoon For Better or Worse, the children’s series Works, and Three Days, a Christmas movie starring Kristen Davis.After meeting Natalie MacMaster and Ashley MacIsaac on set, Anna became inspired to begin celtic fiddle lessons and eventually classical violin studies with Isabelle Fournier (RCM, U.K.). At Dalhousie University, she studied with renowned violinist Philippe Djokic (Juilliard) and at the University of Otago, New Zealand, she studied with Tessa Petersen (Royal College Of Music, UK).Along with her teaching studio at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Anna is an active freelance violinist. She is the founding member of The Bela String Quartet, one of the city’s most in demand classical ensembles. She also performs regularly with Willie Stratton, Mike Kerr and the Port City Hot Club, the Franklin Brewery Boys, and the Big Country Ramblers. Other collaborations include: Thomas Stajcer, Ryan Cook, and the Big Island Trio. Past collaborations include: Rod Stewart, Buck Tingley, The Vaudevillian, E.B. Anderson and the Resolutes, the Chris Martin Trio, composer Mike Hastings, and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra.Anna was recently nominated for the 2017 “Music Nova Scotia Musician of the Year” award.Anna Wedlock: B.A. combined honours in Music & English, University of King’s College/ Dalhousie University, Diploma in Extended Studies (University of Otago, N.Z.)

    Location: Cape North

    Date: July 15

  • David Gunning

    David Gunning

    Dave Gunning

    July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


    We are so happy to have international folk star Dave Gunning performing at the Culture Centre this summer!

    Tickets are going fast for this concert so get them early!

    Location: Cape North

    Date: July 19

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    Deron Donovan's John Pine Tribute

    Deron Donovan’s John Prine Tribute

    August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


    We are excited to welcome Deron Donovan to the Culture Centre this year to perform his raved about John Prine Tribute show!

    Deron is a local Singer/Songwriter who has been recently selling out this great singalong show at Breton Brewery in Sydney.

    So come on out, clap your hands, tap your feet, and sing along to some of John Prine’s greatest tunes!

    Can’t wait to see you there!

    Location: Cape North

    Date: August 9

  • John Cabot Celebration Return

    John Cabot Celebration Return

    John Cabot Celebration returns on Sunday, June 24 beginning at 1pm. at Cabot Landing Provincial Park.  Kids Games, ReEnactment, BBQ, Guest speaker and entertainment by Rachel Davis and Buddy MacDonald. From 1-4 pm.

    Location: Cabot Landing Provincial Park, Sugar Loaf

    Date: June 24

  • Local Talent - Norm & the Boys

    Local Talent - Norm & the Boys

    Local Talent – Norm & The Boys!

    July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


    This Concert always sells out so get your tickets fast!!!

    Location: Cape North

    Date: July 26

  • Maxim & Gervais Cormier

    Maxim & Gervais Cormier

    Maxim & Gervais Cormier

    July 13 @ 7:00 pm


    We are excited to welcome back Maxim and Gervais Cormier for a second year. Their unplugged acoustic celtic guitar show was one the highlights of last summer!

    Location: Cape North

    Date: July 13

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    North Highlands NordicSki Loppet

    “A wonderful opportunity to come out and celebrate winter: Plan on participating in the North Highlands Nordic Cross Country Ski Loppet on Sunday, March 3 rd . There are short and long distances to choose from. The pace is also the choice of the skier. Chili and desserts are included in the registration fee. For more info go to or phone North Highlands Nordic at 902-383-2479.”

    Location: Cape North

    Date: March 3

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    Pub Night with Cyril MacPhee

    July 28, 2018
    7:30pm - 10:30pm

    We are delighted to have local favourite Cyril MacPhee entertain us. Cyril grew up in a musical family just outside of St. Peter's. His songwriting and musical style is a truly unique blend of folk, country and Celtic music. Over the past 20 years, Cyril has performed for audiences throughout Canada, the U.S., Scotland and Ireland and shared the stage with artists such as The Rankins, Natalie MacMaster, Buddy MacDonald, Gordie Sampson and Ashley MacIsaac. He shares the stage with us at the Markland on Saturday July 28th. Come out and enjoy a truly memorable Cape Breton evening.

    Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door of the Markland Octagon

    Location: Dingwall, NS

    Date: July 28

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    Pub Night with Glen Roache & Gilles Larade

    July 21, 2018
    7:30pm - 10:30pm

    Recording artist Glen Roache will take to the stage at the Markland on Saturday July 21st with his acoustic guitar. Glen hails from Cheticamp and has been performing for 30 years. He will be accompanied by his former bandmate, Gilles Larade on the guitar and back up vocals. Join us for a fun evening of great music and good laughs.

    Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door of the Markland Octagon    

    Location: Dingwall, NS

    Date: July 21

  • Sea Harvest Festival

    Sea Harvest Festival

    Come celebrate our culture in the week long Sea Harvest Festival with community events ranging from local musicians, guided tours and Cape Breton Seafood. The Seawall Trail is a proposed, multi-day hiking trail along Northern Cape Breton's Highland Coastline in the Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area. The Trail Route, is as old as the Island and was once frequented by First Nations and featured several Gaelic communities. The current communities surrounding the Seawall Trail mirror the past and make their living upon the oceans, farmlands and highlands.

    Sunday, July 8th: Hike The Trail Head, 11am, and Lobster Dinner noon Meat Cove

    Monday, July 9th: Live Music at the Markland, Dingwall 7-9 pm. Speaker Series North Highland Community Museum 7:30-9pm

    Tuesday, July 10th: Join local Derron O'Donnobhan at the Markland, 7-9pm (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

    Wednesday, July 11th: Chase the Ace and Crib Tournament Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre at 6pm, Live Music, Markland 7-9pm,

    Thursday, July 12th: Fish n' Zips with Mountain Pine Adventures and Danena's Bakery and Bistro, noon-5pm.

    Friday, July 13th: Fill-in Friday - Kayaking, Dining, Whale Watching, Hiking, Free Museum Entry. 

    Saturday, July 14th: Local Food and Music at the Farmers Market 10am-1pm

    Sunday, July 15th: Bay St. Lawrence Crab Fest. Noon to 4pm.

    Location: Dingwall, Cape North & Bay St. Lawrence

    Date: July 8 - July 16

  • St. Margarets Village CWL Lobster Supper

    St. Margaret's Village CWL Lobster Supper

    Come to St. Margaret’s Village at the Top of Cape Breton Island to enjoy Nova Scotia’s most delicious lobster on Sunday June 3, 2018, Noon  St Margaret’s Village.

    The St Margaret’s of Scotland CWL Annual Lobster Dinner is as old as the Community itself, sponsored by St. Margaret’s of Scotland CWL, one can come out and enjoy fresh local lobster, dessert, tea and coffee. The lobster is caught by local fishermen in local waters far away from the pollutants of towns and cities.

    Location: St. Margaret's Village Parish Hall, St. Margaret's Village, NS

    Date: June 3

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    The Landscape Show at Markland

    August 1 - August 31, 2018
    Artists' Reception: Sunday August 5, 1-4pm

    This summer, we are delighted to be exhibiting the work of three artists, Claudia Gahlinger, Adrienne Fore, and Eve Stockton who have collaborated together to create a show that celebrates the wild and beautiful landscape of Cape Breton. Each artist has their very own unique style/format but together they have unified around the majestic landscape that draws us to this region. We're very excited to be hosting this show and welcome you to enjoy it with us.

    A reception with the 3 artists will be held on Sunday August 5 at the Markland, from 1-4pm. We welcome you all to an afternoon of inspiration. No tickets required, just a love of Cape Breton.

    Location: Dingwall, NS

    Date: August 1 - August 31

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