Festivals & Events

“There's a piper in the corner. There's a dancer on the floor. Friends around the table, there's one who calls for more. And there's Gaelic in the fiddle like the Gaelic in the Glen and the songs take on new meaning boys it's getting dark again” from Getting Dark Again sung by John Allan Cameron (lyrics by Buddy MacDonald).

From small kitchen ceilidhs to our live music venues, there is always something happening here. We welcome you to experience our vibrant community festivals concerts, theatre and local pubs, sure to entertain families, couples and singles alike.

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West Mabou Family Square Dance

Date: Saturday, January 28 2017 to Saturday, January 20 2018

Join in for an evening of fun all year long! With traditional square dance where the whole family is welcome. Dances start at 9 pm every Saturday.  

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Live Entertainment – Inverness County

Date: Thursday, December 14 2017 to Sunday, April 1 2018

Check out some of the live entertainment being offered across Inverness County throughout the winter months. Watch social media for current and up to date schedules/performers.Tuesdays – Acadian Amateur Music Jam Session at the Kinsmen Club in Belle Marche (7:00-10:00pm)Thursdays – Weekly Jam Session at the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre (7:00pm)Thursdays – Bi-Weekly Jam Session at the Creignish Recreation Centre (7:30-9:30pm)Fridays – Bi-Weekly Jam Session at the St. Stephen’s-Jubilee United Church Hall, Port Hood (7:00-9:00pm)Fridays – Bi-Weekly Ceilidh at the Blues…

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West Mabou Guided Moonlit Snowshoe Hike

Date: Friday, February 2 2018

Strap on a pair of snowshoes, and take a guided trek through the West Mabou woodlands. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Snowshoe rentals are available through Inverness County Recreation Department.HEADLAMPS ARE RECOMMENDED, BRING ALONG IF YOU HAVE SOMEFebruary 2, 2018 & March 6, 2018 at 6:30pm.

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Winter Magic at La Rigoueche – Family Event

Date: Saturday, February 3 2018

Activities and games for the whole family (snow art, walking, playground fun). This will be followed by snacks, hot chocolate and music in the cozy kitchen shelter. An activity of La Société Saint-Pierre and ÉcolePlus. Bring snowshoes or skis if there is snow. There will be some snowshoes available for those who don't have any. You are welcome to walk if you want! In case of a snow storm, the event will be postponed to the following Saturday, February 10th.

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Winter Magic at La Rigoueche

Date: Saturday, February 3 2018

Come and join us for some snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or a simple walk under the full moon. This will be followed by a snack and some live music in the kitchen shelter, by the warmth of the wood stove. An activity of La Société Saint-Pierre, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and ÉcolePlus. Bring snowshoes or skis if there is snow. There will be some snowshoes available for those who don't have any. You are welcome to walk if you want!…

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Margaree Highlander’s 29th Annual Snowmobile Rally and Dance

Date: Saturday, February 10 2018

The 29th Annual Margaree Highlanders Snowmobile Rally and Dance will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Rally begins around noon. Meal included with registration. This is a popular event in the Margarees and provides a great opportunity to explore the Margaree Valley and the Highlands of Cape Breton by snowmobile. Winter in the Margarees provides excellent vistas and a great chance to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Special thank you to all the landowners who provide permission…

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Winter Fun Day at the West Bay Community Centre

Date: Saturday, February 10 2018

A Community get together with games and fun for the whole family. There will be food and hot drinks to warm you up. Depending on the weather, take your skiis or snowshoes and get out adventuring.

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Inverness Capers Snowmobile Rally

Date: Saturday, February 24 2018

Registration 10:00am- 12:00noon at the Scotsville Fire Hall. Meal & Prizes included.

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3rd Annual Skyline Trail “Ultimate” Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

Date: Sunday, February 25 2018

Join “Naturally Active for Life” for their 3rd Annual Skyline Trail “Ultimate” Guided Snowshoe Hike! The Skyline Trail is located 27 minutes north of Chéticamp on the Cabot Trail. Leading to a dramatic headland cliff, this easy level trail boasts with spectacular views of the ocean. Please bring your own snowshoes. Meet at the trailhead. FREE.

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Mass on the Mountain- St. Margaret’s of Scotland Catholic Church, River Denys

Date: Sunday, March 4 2018

On Sunday, March 4th 2018 mark your calendar for an exciting day on the mountain.  The River Denys Mountain that is.  Picture over 200 snowmobiles making their way to the prettiest churches around…St. Margaret’s of Scotland Catholic Church.  Sunday Mass is celebrated in all its glory as the snow falls and the mountain rejoices. There is no registration for this event…just grab your sled and a warm coat. There is always a bite to eat along the route and smiles…

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West Mabou Guided Moonlit Snowshoe Hike

Date: Tuesday, March 6 2018

Strap on a pair of snowshoes, and take a guided trek through the West Mabou woodlands. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Snowshoe rentals are available through Inverness County Recreation Department.HEADLAMPS ARE RECOMMENDED, BRING ALONG IF YOU HAVE SOME

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Mabou Spring Concert

Date: Sunday, May 20 2018

Annual concert featuring local musicians, dancers and singers. Bring your family along for a fun filled evening of song and dance. Concert starts at 7pm

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Whycocomagh Summer Festival

Date: Monday, July 16 2018 to Saturday, July 21 2018

Situated at the head of the Bras d'Or Lakes, Whycocomagh is an ideal location for water activities, boat tours and ceilidhs featuring traditional Scottish and Mi'kmaq talent.  Join us for ceilidhs, milling frolic, dances, canoe races, ball, hockey, soccer tournaments, street fair, street parade and concert during the Whycocomagh Summer Festival. Jul 14-18 • Whycocomagh  Ball Tournament Saturday & Sunday / Outdoor Sporting Events Throughout Week Jul 14     7:30-8:30pm.... Yoga on Exterior Deck of Waterfront Centre with Kelly Bernard; Adm: $5               8-10:30pm.......…

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Inverness Gathering

Date: Monday, July 23 2018 to Sunday, July 29 2018

Jul 26-31 • Inverness Inverness Gathering Road Race Change of Date Saturday, July 23, 8:45am-Kids Fun Run, 9am 5M Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk, Inverness Raceway, Pre-registration is Required for a T-Shirt Call Angie 902-258-3694 Jul 25     10am.............. Dr. Bernie MacLean Golf Classic, Le Portage Golf Course, Cheticamp, steak BBQ @ Inverness Arena  Jul 26     Fishermen’s Day                              12:30pm......... Boat Parade               1pm............... Boat Rides, Bingo, Fish Pond, Lobster/Crab Burgers, Entertainment, Beer Garden               9pm-12am...... Square Dance, ‘Ian MacDougall’ Captain…

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Belle Cote Days

Date: Wednesday, July 25 2018 to Sunday, July 29 2018

July 26-30, 2017 Belle Cote - Belle Cote Community Centre A variety of fun for the whole family! July 26       10am: Golf Tournament, Le Portage Golf Course, Chéticamp, chicken meal to follow 7pm: Kayak Parade July 27       9-9:30am: Registration - Triathlon, Belle Cote Beach, Admission: $5 1-3pm: Senior’s Card Play 2-3pm: Scavenger Hunt at Belle Cote Beach 7-7:30pm: Interfaith Service 7:45-10:30pm: Free Concert, Beer Garden 7:45-9pm: Registration for Friday Horseshoe Tournament  July 28    …

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