Music.
Food.
Folklore.

History, culture & beauty
waiting to be discovered

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.

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!

Music

Drumming, the heartbeat of the nation, is a way of life for Mi’kmaq people. Stories of a wonderfully rich culture are expressed through traditional dance, song and drumming.

Food

Indulge in a flavourful culture while experiencing traditional Mi’Kmaq cooking, outdoors, over an open fire.

Folklore

Storytelling has always been important to the Mi’kmaq people. Enjoy the tales that make up the vibrant culture, those that have built our moral foundation, and taught us life lessons.

Tour Packages

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.

Experiences
  • 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!

Tour Fees

*All tours must be pre-booked via email or phone and can be accommodated Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or by special arrangements on weekends.

$40.00 per person for adults / $20.00 per youth under 10
$400 group fee (up to 20 participants)
Off site presentations $400.00 plus travel / Customized packages and events upon request / Call us for school group tours!

All tours are approx. 2 hours

Open Monday to Friday – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm / Evenings and Weekends by Appointment

Resources

Eskasoni First Nation
www.eskasoni.ca

Highland Village Museum
www.museum.gov.ns.ca

Destination Cape Breton Association
www.cbisland.com

Celtic Colours International Festival
www.celtic-colours.com

Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture
www.novascotia.com

Wagmatcook First Nation
www.wagmatcook.com

Cape Breton’s Heritage Coast
www.capebretonsheritagecoast.com

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
www.capebretoncraft.com

Cape Breton Regional Municipality
www.cbrm.ns.ca

Potlotek First Nation
potlotek.ca

Atlantic Canada Showcase (PDF)

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