Directions & Events
Pleasant Bay is on the Island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is approximately a 5.5 hour drive from the Stanfield International Airport in Halifax and a 2.5 hour drive from the Canso Causeway at the entrance of Cape Breton. It is located halfway around the world famous Cabot Trail on the beautiful western “sunset side” of the island.
Pleasant Bay is surrounded on both sides by the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands National Park which offers an 900 square kilometers of pristine wilderness, jaw-dropping scenery and a plethora of hiking trails to satisfy all skill levels. It is a short and scenic 30 minute drive north of the town of Cheticamp where groceries, gasoline and other amenities can be purchased on your way. It is the one of the most popular whale watching destinations in Canada and is a perfect choice to base yourself to explore the rest of the beautiful Cabot Trail.
Canada Day Celebrations & Buddhist Monks vs. Volunteer Fire Department Annual Baseball Game
Pleasant Bay Harbour, July 1st
Canada Day is a fun-filled day in Pleasant Bay with lots of activities for children and adults alike including a BBQ, face-painting, games and a village parade. The local ball-field then fills up with crowds of spectators who come to cheer on the local Buddhist Monks from the Gampo Abbey Monastery & the local Volunteer Fire Fighters as they face off in the always entertaining annual baseball game. The evening brings more fun with a boat parade, boat races, fireworks show and bonfire on the beach! It will be a Canada Day that you will never forget!
Celtic Colours International Festival
Various locations around the Cabot Trail, 2nd week of October
The Celtic Colours International Festival is the most popular festival in Cape Breton and brings thousands of people from all over the world each year to enjoy traditional Celtic music from local and international acts. The festival also offers a wide range of experiential workshops that showcase all sorts of fun traditional Celtic activities to participate in. To top it off it is hosted during the 2nd week of October when the Fall forest colours are at their best. World class colours by day, world class ceilidhs by night!
For more information regarding shows and venues please visit http://www.celtic-colours.com/