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Gaelic College The Gaelic College was founded in 1938 by Rev. A.W.R. MacKenzie as a school devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic language and Celtic arts and culture. Situated in the heart of the earliest Scottish settlement in Cape Breton, the College began as a school of Gaelic language in a small log cabin overlooking St. Ann's Bay.
From its humble beginnings, this unique institution has expanded and gained an international reputation for its contribution to the maintenance and preservation of the language and culture. The only institution of its kind in North America, students of all ages and ability travel here from around the world to study. The college offers programs in Scottish traditional disciplines including Gaelic language and song, music, dance and crafts.

The Gaelic College was our home during this program. We enjoyed presentations about the history and culture of Cape Breton.

See pictures of some of the activities we enjoyed at The Gaelic College.
Louisbourg Louisbourg has always depended on the sea. The earliest recorded European visit to the harbour was by the English in 1597. Recognizing the economic and military potential of Louisbourg's harbour and fishery, Louis XIV secured it for France in 1713 by constructing a well-fortified, walled city. Louisbourg, the Dunkirk of America, was the third busiest seaport on the continent during the 18th century.
Because of its strategic position, the fortress was successfully besieged by New England troops in 1745 and by British troops in 1758. But people who made their livelihoods from the sea continued to dwell in this rugged coastal area. Over the centuries local industries have included coal shipping, swordfishing, lobster, crab, and cod fishing and processing.
In the 1960s reconstruction began on the fortress ruins, and it became the largest reconstruction project in North America. Today it is the masterpiece in Parks Canada's portfolio.

See pictures of our visit to Fortress Louisbourg
Puffin Boat Tour We boarded the Puffin Bird Tour's Highland Lass at the Government wharf in Englishtown. After departing, we were given a brief history of the small fishing port dating back to 1597. The sail to the Bird Islands took about 45 minutes. On the way, the crew tossed fish to Bald Eagles. The eagles swooped down and retreived the fish.
The boat idled around the two islands and we saw many gray seals and commorants. The puffins had already migrated away. On the way back in, we were told about a typical day in the life of a lobster fisherman and shown a lobster trap.

See pictures of our tour to Bird Island
Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world. Named for famous explorer John Cabot, the Cabot Trail winds around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton's northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This magnificent highway is carved into the sides of mountains that rise high above the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Lookoffs offer unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton's rugged coastline, where pods of whales can often be seen just offshore and bald eagles soar aloft on the ocean breezes.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park encompasses one of Canada's most exceptional wilderness areas. The highlands are a colourful tapestry of woodland, tundra and bogs, where wildlife is common and moose are often seen grazing in the quiet shallows of lakes and streams.

See pictures of our visit to the Cabot Trail

Artisan's Loop The Artisan's Loop contains many artisans along the Cabot Trail.

See Pictures of our visit to the Artisan's Loop.
Uisage Ban Falls Uisge Ban Falls, a Gaelic name meaning "white water", a trail along the North Branch Baddeck River provides access to a 50' Waterfall and a climax hardwood forest.

See pictures of our walk at Uisage Ban Falls
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