Pjila’si! Nestled along the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton’s rolling heartlands – where the highlands meet the lowlands – there’s history, culture, and beauty waiting to be discovered. There is a tremendously vibrant cultural heart in this region, beating with the drums of the Scottish who settled the land of the Mi’kmaq who were here before.
History, culture & beauty
waiting to be discovered
We invite you to discover the richness
of everyday activities in other cultures
Learn by watching, listening and sharing our stories
*All tours must be pre-booked. Visit our Tour page for more information!
Discover authentic Mi’kmaq culture along our picturesque 2.4 KM trail on Goat Island in Eskasoni. The island hugs the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
You will be guided along the trail by one of our Mi’kmaq cultural interpreters who will take you to visit several villages, each one offering a unique experience to learn and partake in this way of life.
- Take part in a smudging ceremony
- Learn to make four cents cake over an open fire
- Learn the art of basketry
- Learn and join in our traditional dance
- Speak to our trading post merchant
- Play the ancient game of Waltes
- Learn about hunting and fishing techniques.
Top this all off with a traditional snack of luskinigan and tea!
Eskasoni First Nation
Highland Village Museum
Destination Cape Breton Association
Celtic Colours International Festival
Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture
Wagmatcook First Nation
Cape Breton’s Heritage Coast
Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Potlotek First Nation
Atlantic Canada Showcase (PDF)