Culture and Heritage

Gaelic College – St. Ann’s
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Gaelic Immersion – HELD 

10:00 am–4:00 pm, Saturday, April 29 with Instructor Joyce MacDonald. Cost $30 Adults. Instructor Brittany Rankin will lead the Youth Sesson, cost $20 for Youths 8 and up. This event will be held at 1687 Baddeck Bay Rd. Hope to see you there.

Gaelic Classes – HELD 



Started Jan. 14th, 2017

Beginner Language Class, Song Class, Youth Class, Gaelic Social Gathering

Conversational Gaelic

Mondays – 10:00 am to noon

44667 Cabot Trail Road. Beginner level and up, learning together. Contact Nona MacDonald-Dyke at (902) 304-1686 or In lieu of payment, please donate to a food bank or charity of your choice.

10 Week Beginner Gaelic Class – HELD


6:30 – 9:30 pm

Greenwood Manse with instructor Joyce MacDonald. Fàilte ro’n a h-uile duine

Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach – Iona


Là Mór a’ Bhaile|Highland Village Day Concert

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

An afternoon of fun and Gaelic arts. Fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, and more, come together to treat visitors to traditional Nova Scotia Gaelic culture in this outdoor concert overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. This year marks the 56th Annual Highland Village Day Concert. Headlining this year is Dave Gunning and Allie Bennett. There will be a tribute to John ” Jimmy Malcolm” Gillis. Other performers include: Iona Gaelic Singers, Joanne MacIntyre, Campbell Sisters from Mabou, Shelly Campbell & Allan Dewar, Joe MacMaster, Donna Marie DeWolf, Buddy MacDonald, Donnie Campbell & Jinx O’Neil, from Antigonish, The TownHouse Players (featuring John Hanlon, Junior Fraser & Stan Chapman), Shannon MacKay, Melanie Craig MacDonald, Claire Sampson-MacDonald, Regyn MacDonald, Catherine MacDonald, Andy MacMullin, Malcolm & Maryanna MacNeil, Brent Aucoin, CBU Pipe Band, and The Iona Legion Legends! MC is Roger Stone. Join us for one of Cape Breton Island’s original Outdoor Scotch Concerts. 2-6 pm. $15 per person, children 12 and under free

Orientation Video 

We hope that it will prepare visitors for their tour of the Village. This video would not have been possible without funding from Support4Culture. Tapadh leibh gu mòr! Thanks to everyone involved!

Click here to watch the new video!

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Awarded the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence. We want to thank our visitors for helping us achieve this award for a third time!

Wagmatcook First Nation

Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre

Wagmatcook Hosting 2017 NS Mi’Kmaw Games

(Aug. 20-27, 2017)



2016 Wagmatcook Arts & Culture Festival HELD

October 11 – October 14, 2016


As part of Mi’kmaw History Month in Nova Scotia, you are invited to attend the upcoming 2016 Wagmatcook Arts & Culture Festival scheduled to take place at the Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre from October 11-14, 2016. You, your organization (& staff), your schools (& students) as well as your friends & family are more than welcome to take in any one of our events that target the sharing of our beautiful Mi’kmaw culture, history, dance, songs & stories.

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** This year we have been working very hard on a very special project that will highlight the work and musical genious of the late Peter Frank Bernard of Wagmatcook.  After releasing an album of his folk songs in 1979 he tragically died in a house fire in 1981 with plans to release another album later that year.  Through the support of his family and the community we have organized 5 local Aboriginal musicians that have worked together with the very well known musician and composer Mr. Scott Macmillan to learn his songs and play them for everyone as a live concert during the opening ceremonies on the morning of October 11th as well as a full concert on the closing ceremonies on the evening of October 11 with a full dinner show.  We ask you to spread the word and please inquire for more information.

To view the video promo of our upcoming event, please view the following link:

I have also attached the full updated schedule on a PDF file wagmatcookartsfestivalfestivalposterupdated-schedulefinal2016 for your review and look forward to seeing you at our events!  Please share within your contacts and communications networks. Please note: For larger groups, we ask you to please register ahead of time as some of our events are very well attended and so we will be accepting larger groups on a first come, first serve basis. 

Wela’lio’q M’sit (I thank you all), Robert Bernard Culture & Tourism Operations Manager Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre 10765 Hwy 105, PO Box 30029 Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia, BOE 3NO 902-295-2999 (Main) 902-302-3300 (Direct) 902-295-3306 (Fax)

Wagmatcook Lecture Series

Wagmatcook Lecture Series offers educational presentations about the Mi’kmaw people (their culture, heritage, historical events, spiritual beliefs and more!)

Lectures take place usually on the last Thursday of each month from 10:00am – 12:00pm.   The majority of our target age groups range as young as from Junior High School level (Gr.4-6) to High School to adults.  The minimum target range will be noted in the presentation information.  Everyone is welcome to attend our lectures and we ask all participants to allow our presenters to speak and only ask questions when directed.  Thank you!

Come join us in our lecture presentation as we close out our Mi’kmaw History Month activities… this presentation is suitable for all age groups and as always it is FREE ADMISSION and please bring a friend.  Please note:  We always welcome local schools and classes to attend, just let us know asap in advance so that we can have adequate space/seating available and if there are any luncheon requirements please contact the CleanWave Restaurant (on-site) to make any necessary arrangements.  We also can have seating available for your students if they bring their own lunches.

On behalf of the Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre, we thank you for your time and look forward to having you at our upcoming lecture presentation!

Wela’like (We Thank You!), Robert Bernard Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre Community & Business Support Services 10765 Hwy 105, PO Box 30029 Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia, BOE 3NO 902-295-2999 (Main) 902-295-2424 (Direct) 902-295-3306 (Fax)

Please Note:  Larger groups/School groups are asked to book ahead for space with estimated numbers.  Lunch space can be made available and lunch orders at our restaurant (to eat in the Great Hall) can be made by calling the CleanWave Restaurant at 902-295-1542.

Caribou Legs – HELD

Wagmatcook Culture Centre

HELD – Wagmatcook Centre
November 3, 2016
10 am – 12 pm

Topic: Brad Firth “aka” Caribou Legs – will be presenting on his current cross country run from BC – Nfld in educating the Canadian and mainstream public on the issues of Canada’s Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women, Warriors against Violence and Living Healthy Lifestyles!! He has just entered Nova Scotia last week and will be starting his Cape Breton Island route next week!! For more information, please contact Robert Bernard at 902-295-2999 (work) or by e-mail return.

Robert Bernard,  Culture & Tourism Operations Manager
Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre
10765 Hwy 105, PO Box 30029, Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia, BOE 3NO
902-295-2999 (Main) / 902-295-3306 (Fax)

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What’s Going on CB

Concert Venue Schedule Now Available

Celtic Colours 2017 will open this year in Sydney on October 6, and wrap up in Port Hawkesbury with the closing concert on October 14. Over the nine days, there will be 49 concerts presented in 34 communities across the Island and we can’t wait to see you here!
Concert Venue Schedule

Celtic Colours gets back to its roots for 2017

Featuring a mix of Cape Breton legends, favourites, and up and comers, alongside acclaimed artists from across Canada and around the Celtic world, the 21st Celtic Colours International Festival will focus on roots and celebrate identity through a number of special projects being planned.

“After a wonderful 20th anniversary of the festival last year, Celtic Colours is getting back to our roots,” says Dawn Beaton, Artistic Director of Celtic Colours. “We have two wonderful artists in residence lined up who will weave their story-telling throughout the festival. And we have big plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, representing all corners of our wonderful nation, while celebrating our very own artists from Cape Breton.”

And in keeping with the idea of “getting back to our roots”, Beaton reveals that “for every ticket sold, a maple tree will be planted here on the island.” An ambitious undertaking as more than 20,000 tickets were sold last year.

The full schedule of artists and more than 250 community cultural events will be released on Monday, June 26. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, July 11.

Celebrating 20 Years of Celtic Colours in Photographs

Curator Steve Wadden spent three months pouring through two decades of photographs from the Celtic Colours International Festival’s collection, more than 25,000 photos by his estimation, to come up with four photo exhibitions celebrating the Festival’s 20th year. The resulting series of images, from a variety of photographers, explores the storied history of the international festival through the most visually compelling, intimate and telling photographs from our archives.

20 Years in Photos

Celtic Colours 2016 HELD – 20 years in the making.

October 7 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 communities across Cape Breton Island were  alive with music, song, dancing, and magic. They threw a giant birthday party and everyone was invited!
See the Full Schedule
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Live Broadcast

Help us make the Festival even better! Give us your feedback for a chance to win a Celtic Colours prize package!

Take this short survey for your chance to win a Celtic Colours Live CD collection and four tickets to the Opening Concert at this year’s Festival. We’d love to hear from you!

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