Culture

Our culture is written in the lives of our people. It’s also written in our stage plays, movies, and music. And artisans craft unique expressions of their art, inspired by our history, cultures and natural landscapes. The Mi’kmaq are native to this rugged, sea-swept peninsula. Their art, music, language and spirituality are just a drum beat away. The spirit of l’Acadie also echoes deep in our culture, a legacy of the intrepid French settlers who first claimed Nova Scotia as their home in the seventeenth century. The French were followed, not always harmoniously, by the British, who brought over tens of thousands of Gaelic-speaking settlers from Ireland and Scotland. Later came New England planters, Black Loyalists leaving the U.S. after the War of Independence, the Maroons of Jamaica… all contributing to Nova Scotia’s distinctive voice and character.

Eskasoni First Nation

Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton offers a unique multi-cultural tour of Mi’kmaq and Gaelic cultures in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Highland Village. Experience two different and distinct cultures reflecting the parallels and com-mon threads linking the cultures in history and present day.

Cape Breton's Artisan Trail

Artistic creation meets natural beauty all around Cape Breton's Artisan Trail. With its dramatic coastal views and highland scenery, Cape Breton is a spectacular source of inspiration for artists on the island. From potters along the North Shore to galleries in the Highlands, from rug hook-ers in Cheticamp to the jewelers everywhere in-between, you’ll be inspired to come back again and again.

Glace Bay Miners Museum

The Glace Bay Miners Museum pays tribute to the region’s long and rich history of coal mining These profound stories of miners, their families and a resource which built the nation will now be told above ground. Renovations are being made to make the underground experience more accessible to visitors, including an immersive simulator that mimics travelling underground in a rake car. 

Living Wharves

Get your hands dirty with one of the “Living Wharves” experiences, where real-life fishermen show you just what they do to earn a living at one of the Yarmouth County’s many wharves. The experiences are designed to share the history of fishing, the 40 species of fish harvested from our shores, and the thousands working in the fishing industry – each of whom has a fish story to tell.

Halifax Library

The new Halifax Library has just opened and is already receiving rave reviews for its unique architectural features!

Halifax

Halifax is a happening urban centre wrapped in seacoast and history! In Nova Scotia’s capital city, you can be seen at the vibrant film, music and theatre scenes; take in an art show; explore a museum, or roll the dice at a casino. With more pubs and clubs per capita than almost anywhere in Canada, the city centre is only minutes away from some of the best hiking and sea-kayaking trails around.