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Fall Festivals in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Katie Dunn Canoeing on Lake Massawippi, in North Hatley, Quebec.

Photo: Katie Dunn

In September and October, music and cultural festivals turn this island (which was, millenia ago, attached to Scotland) into a celebration of Highland heritage.

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    Castle Rock Country Inn

    The vertiginous view: the 15-room property sits on a cliff overlooking Ingonish Harbor.

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    Chanterelle Inn

    Chef-owner Earlene Busch will whip up a four-course meal, including a surprisingly good dessert of cheesecake with chanterelle sauce.

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    Red Shoe Pub

    Siblings Heather, Raylene, and Cookie Rankin, of the well-known Celtic singing trio the Rankin Sisters, recently renovated Mabou's Red Shoe Pub. Th

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    Art Centre

    Best for live music, especially during the Celtic Colours Festival.

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    Celtic Colours International Festival

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    Féis Mhábu

    The festival glorifies all things Gaelic with traditional dances, workshops (learn to step-dance), and language classes (did you know that am fogha

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