Where the mountains meet the sea, and offer you the Cabot Trail.
Let the unparalleled wilderness of the Chéticamp region treat you to some of the best outdoor adventures from chasing waterfalls, to enjoying breathtaking orangy-pink sunsets on the tranquil beaches, dipping your toes in the pristine emerald waters of the gorgeous Gypsum Mine Lake, hiking through the luxurious forests of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and the thrill of spotting wildlife as you admire the ocean views from the world-famous Skyline Trail!
Fresh Fare and Traditional Delights
Hungry after all that outdoors fun? Treat yourself to the local traditional Acadian specialities: how about a fricot, a hearty and scrumptious long-simmer stew made with potatoes, onions, savoury and juicy meat, or perhaps the fresh catch of the day? Lobster and Snow Crab are available from May to October.
Experience Acadian Artistry
As a joyful “always singing” community (“Toujours Chantante”), Chéticamp invites you to tune into incredible local Acadian fiddle music. Musical talents are widely broadcast on the French-speaking CKJM Community Radio at 106.1 FM. You’ll also get an update on local news and cultural events by listening to quality shows and broadcasts.
Treat yourself to the rising and state-of-the-art Acadian talent by attending an amazing musical, dance and theatre show at the Chéticamp Arts Council a non-profit organization founded in 1999 providing a high-quality program of animation, and dedicated to preserving the region’s rich heritage of Acadian artistic expression.
Experience Vibrant Traditions
Embark on a fabulous discovery of the vibrant and authentic Acadian traditions by exploring Les Trois Pignons, with its world renowned collection of hooked rugs; the playfully named “Proud to Be Lola’s Hookers” hooked-rug boutique also showcases some of the absolute finest local talent in handcrafted rug hooking, enjoy watching how intricate designs are woven right before your eyes!
CHÉTICAMP REGION ExperienceS
Uncover the Spirit of Carnival
Another Acadian culture gem to discover is the whimsically quirky Mi-Carême Interpretive Centre, nestled on the wild shores of the Cabot Trail and overlooking the peaceful Grand-Étang harbour. The Centre’s team of passionate and joyful mi-carêmes (disguised interpretive guides) invites you to immersive cultural experiences, uncovering the amusing facets of this beloved local carnivalesque tradition, which dates all the way back to the French Middle Ages!