The Ceilidh Trail region of Cape Breton Island is famous for its living Gaelic Culture. One of the best ways to experience this culture is by joining a Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee), which is a traditional party with music, dancing and often storytelling at a local pub or community hall.
Local musicians take their inspiration from the myriad of cultural influences and ancestors that settled in the community of Inverness and have blended these influences into a unique style and sound. Plan to attend one of the region’s annual music festivals, take in a show at the local Performing Arts Centre or make some time for historical or artistic reflection. The culture is reflected in our landscapes, music, culinary experiences, art, dance and heritage.
The Community of Inverness has a long, rich and storied history. It has always been a tightly knit community, even in the days when coal drew together workers and their families from all over the world. The hard-working, proud character of the town is expressed in images of the blackened faces of miners returning from the pit and in company houses like the Red Rows, which against all odds have outlasted the short decades they were built to stand. Community has always been part of the lives of Inverness’ers, who’ve weathered the changes of two centuries with humour and heart. A visit to the Inverness Miner’s Museum will leave you with a greater knowledge and perspective of our proud history.