The Gaelic Culture of
Nova Scotia is as
Celtic as You Will Get!
Gaelic, a Celtic language and its rich culture
have helped shape Nova Scotia's identity.
Centuries ago, Gaelic speaking immigrants from both
Ireland and Scotland came by the tens of thousands and
made Nova Scotia their home.
In both instances, these settlers called themselves Gàidheil
(ones who speak Gaelic).
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The Gaelic Language
Irish Gaels settled in urban areas such as Halifax and
Sydney and in pockets of rural Cape Breton. Today, fiddle
playing styles, Anglo-Irish folk songs and dance are lively
and enjoyable parts of the Irish culture experience in Nova
Scottish Gaels settled in large numbers in eastern Nova
Scotia and throughout Cape Breton Island.
You'll find "Ciad Mìle" ("One hundred thousand") ways to
experience Nova Scotia Gaelic language and culture,
Scottish culture and Irish culture in Nova Scotia. Take in a
performance by one of Nova Scotia's legendary Celtic
performers like the Barra MacNeils and the Rankins, or
You can find them everywhere from concert halls to cozy
pubs. Dive into an Immersion Weekend at St. Francis
Xavier University with programs for children and adults.
Lose yourself in the whirl of kilts and skirl of pipes at the
Antigonish Highland Games, an annual event in Nova
Scotia since 1863.
Gaelic Culture of Cape Breton
Enjoy the Celtic and Gaelic cultural experience on
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. They
celebrate and share the only living Celtic culture in
North America. Whether it's dancing to lively fiddle
tunes, learning a Gaelic milling song or tracing your
roots, we’d love to share our Celtic culture with you.
Cuin’ a thig sibh air cheilidh?
(So when are you coming?)