Special Events



Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Receives $2,350 ACOA

Funding for 2017-2018 Events:

Destination Cape Breton Association genuinely appreciates your organization, and looks forward to a great 2017 season of festivals & events (6th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2017; 6th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2017 & 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018” ($2,350 ACOA Funding for 2017-2018 Events)  – Kristine Mills, Marketing Coordinator, Destination Cape Breton (June 30, 2016)

 “Celebration”-Naturally Active Victoria County (Est. 2011)

HELD October 20 & 21, 2014 

  • 2 Time Gold Medalist Olympian & Flag bearer Heather Moyse Visited Victoria County, Cape Breton to “Celebrate” The Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy (Est. 2011 – Naturally Active) – Oct 20 and 21, 2014

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Naturally Active Victoria County had Gold Medalist Olympian & Flag bearer Heather Moyse “Celebrate” the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy which entered its 3rd year June 2014. The “Celebration” of Naturally Active Victoria County assisted us to highlight our successes of work done to date and to continue the momentum of the strategy and the branding since 2011 – The strategy has made a difference  and is importance to residents to be active and live a healthy lifestyle…Council, Partners, Leaders, Volunteers, Service Providers and Facility Operators have been very supportive and have contributed to the success of the momentum since day one, leading to the importance of the strategy to residents and them leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

Heather made 4 presentations at 4 host schools (Cabot School, Baddeck Academy, Wagmatcookewey First Nation & Middle River), equaling 9 participating schools in total throughout Victoria County and one in Inverness (Waycobah First Nation).

5th Annual Steve MacDermid Family Skate Held – February 2017

 Victoria Highland Civic Center, All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund and the Rink.

5th Annual Steve MacDermid Ladies Scholarship Hockey Tournament Held – Feb. 2017

Held Jan, 2015 at Victoria Highland Civic Center. Contact Jenniifer Morrison at 902-295-1710 or email: stevemacdermidmemorial@gmail.com.

Race the Cape 2016 HELD

Race the Cape Cape Breton  – July 12, 2016 

http://www.racethecape.ca/ http://ow.ly/JkRZE

Race the Cape 2013 Highlights. youtube.com. Race the Cape 2014 (Promo)

John Cabot Landing Celebrations HELD
Cape North – Sugar Loaf – Bay St Lawrence
June 2017
Experience the first landing place of John Cabot, 1497, in his search for the New World. Celebrate his landing annually in June. The day includes a re-enactment of John Cabot’s Landing, highland games, and fun day for children with games from yesteryear, BBQ and entertainment.

Annual Along the Shores of Washabuck Festival


Bras d’Or Lakes Festival

(Sailing, boating, music, culture & other activities along the shores of beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes)


Venues announced for Celtic Colours 2018


Although it’s only been a few months since the close of last year’s Celtic Colours International Festival, staff of the award-winning event is hard at work putting the pieces together for its twenty-second year.

“While we can’t yet announce the roster of artists who will be performing at this year’s Festival, we are happy to reveal the venue schedule for 2018,” said Mike MacSween, Executive Director of Celtic Colours. “We have completed the process of scheduling our venues a bit earlier this year in order to assist our customers in planning their Celtic Colours experience. This is especially welcome news to our fans from some distance, who, of course, must reserve accommodations in advance.”

One of the things that sets Celtic Colours apart from most other festivals around the world is that it isn’t limited to just one location. Communities all over Cape Breton Island host concerts and workshops while the fall leaves are at their most brilliant and traveling around the Island offers one breathtaking view after another. Concerts are held in the communities where the culture has been nurtured for hundreds of years, providing context for the roots of the music and celebrating each community’s contribution to the island’s living Celtic culture.

This year’s schedule includes a mix of nighttime concerts and afternoon matinees, including four licensed shows and the nightly Festival Club at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, for those 19 years and over.

Iconic Celtic Colours venues like the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay and the celebrated Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site are back, as well as some of the Island’s most beautiful churches, and an array of schools, state-of-the-art performance facilities, and community, parish and fire halls in 34 communities around the Island.

While the venues vary in primary function and size—from the hundred seat North River Community Hall to Centre 200 in Sydney with a capacity of thousands—they share in common the prominent place each holds in the community it serves. The Celtic culture of music, dance and story-telling lives on in these communities and provides the foundation for the celebration of living culture that is the Celtic Colours International Festival.

The Celtic Colours International Festival will open this year with a concert in Port Hawkesbury on October 5 and close in Sydney on October 13 with a concert at Centre 200. In total, there will be 49 concerts taking place in Aspy Bay, Baddeck, Belle Côté, Big Pond, Boisdale, Boularderie, Chéticamp, Christmas Island, D’Escousse, Eskasoni, Glace Bay, Glendale, Ingonish, Inverness, Iona, Judique, L’Ardoise, Louisbourg, Lower River Inhabitants, Mabou, Marion Bridge, Membertou, New Waterford, North River, North Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Port Morien, St. Ann’s, St. Peter’s, Sydney, Sydney Mines, Sydney River, Wagmatcook, and Whycocomagh.



Concert Venue Schedule




Enjoy music and performances from past Festivals

Did you know you can watch hours of incredible performances from Celtic Colours? We have an impressive collection of videos on our YouTube channel. Subscribe now for free and be notified each time we share another great memory.


Watch Performances from Celtic Colours



Celtic Colours Live – Volume Five is available now on iTunes, Apple music, Spotify, and on most streaming services. CDs can also be ordered through celtic-colours.com.

Artists on this new compilation recorded live during the 2017 Festival include Còig (Cape Breton); Ùr: The Future Of Our Past (Scotland); Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle (UK / Scotland / Ireland / US); Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell (US); Dwayne Côté (Cape Breton); Phil Cunningham (Scotland); Ímar (Scotland); Sarah MacInnis and Mary Elizabeth MacInnis (Cape Breton); Paul MacDonald and Brenda Stubbert (Cape Breton); Talisk (Scotland); Daoirí Farrell (Ireland); Howie MacDonald, Hilda Chiasson and Dave MacIsaac (Cape Breton / Nova Scotia); Colin Grant, Ewen Henderson, Ingrid Henderson and Scott Macmillan (Cape Breton / Scotland / Nova Scotia); Allan MacDonald and Seudan (Scotland).




As another year comes to a close and we look towards building a brand new edition of Celtic Colours for 2018, we’re happy to share some highlights from this past Festival with you.



Explore 100 magical moments from stages across the Island captured by photographer Corey Katz.


View Photo Gallery


Stay tuned over the winter months as we’ll be releasing a series of HD performance videos from Celtic Colours 2017. The first in this series features an incredible set from Cape Breton’s own Còig. Click the image below to watch it now.



Did you know…? Our YouTube channel is filled with hours of incredible performances from previous Festivals. Subscribe now for free and be notified each time we release another great video!


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Celtic Colours Live • Volume Five now available

Recorded at concerts all over Cape Breton Island during this year’s Festival, Celtic Colours Live – Volume Five features a variety of tunes, and songs sung in English and Gaelic, performed by artists from Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the U.S., the U.K., mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.

From Celtic Colours veterans like Còig, Dwayne Côté, John Doyle, and Howie MacDonald, to Festival first-timers including Rhiannon Giddens, Ímar, Talisk, and Daoirí Farrell, Volume Five features some incredible musical highlights from the 2017 Festival.

Volume Five is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and most streaming services…just search “Celtic Colours”.

Want the real thing? Order a CD before December 31st and get $5 off. Flat rate shipping is $9.99 to Canada and the US for any items in our online store.


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What were your highlights of Celtic Colours?

If you have any stories, photos, or feedback you’d like to share with us we’d love to hear from you. Please email jason@celtic-colours.com anytime!



Celtic Colours International Festival 2018

Friday October 5 – Saturday October 13

Tickets on sale Tuesday July 10 at 10AM ADT



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3 Responses to Special Events

  1. Pingback: 2014 Victoria County Winter ActiveFest (Feb. 14-March 16) | Our Baddeck

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  3. Mike Little says:

    its June 16th, 2017 OVERDUE to put UP 2017 EVENTS>

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