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Annual KitchenFest! Lineup Announced for MacBouch

Posted at 9:54 pm on May 16, 2017 | Filed Under: Latest News

    7 evenings of great live music featuring island talent.   July 1-7, 2017

All kinds of instruments and song, cheering and dancing, informality and hospitality — consider this your official invitation to one of Cape Breton’s kitchen parties!

Music Camp – Coming back for more!

Posted at 6:25 pm on May 6, 2017 | Filed Under: Latest News

May 4, 2017

For immediate release: (St. Peter’s, Cape Breton)

Traditional music enthusiasts coming back for more

6th Annual Music Camp on the Canal, St. Peter’s, Cape Breton
June 2-4, 2017

Produced by KitchenRackets and the
St. Peter’s Economic Development Organization

Guitar and fiddle players; banjo, bass and mandolin pickers; ukulele strummers, harmonica blowers and tinwhistlers, step and square dancers, piano players, singers and bodhran bangers will descend again on St. Peter’s, Cape Breton in early June. They’re all coming for a weekend of up-close and personal music workshops, jam sessions, great food – and an All Star Concert featuring some of Cape Breton’s top teachers and performers. This annual event, in its sixth year, has attracted a growing legion of traditional music enthusiasts from around the Maritimes, New England, Ontario, Quebec, and even Europe.

Camp Director Greg Silver says ‘…we have a core of top-notch Cape Breton players who are excellent workshop leaders: Scott Macmillan, Roger Stone, Colin Grant, Allie Bennett, Darren McMullen, Richard Wood, Rachel Davis, Kelli Trottier, Squeezy Bob Woodley– and others – who have been teaching the small format workshops here for a few years. Each year we change it up and add something new. This year we’re delighted to have Keith Mullins join the faculty to teach songwriting, harmonica and percussion workshops.

A special feature of the Camp is Band Lab, where new combos are created on Friday night and coached by our resident pro players through the weekend, to perform at the closing showcase on Sunday. This is a great experience for anyone who wants a taste of playing in a band.

Registration for the full weekend, including 5 workshops, jams, concert, 2 lunches and a supper is $250. For those who just want to take a workshop or two, individual workshops are just $40. Tickets to the stellar Saturday night All Star Concert featuring our full faculty are $20 in advance.

Detailed information, registration and advance concert tickets are available on line at

Further information/interviews:
Please contact Greg Silver, Camp Director (902) 631-5050 or by email at

5 minute video promo at Youtube tells it all:



Seaside Lobsterfest part of Destination Cape Breton’s ’17 in ’17

Posted at 11:51 am on April 15, 2017 | Filed Under: Latest News

Cape Breton Post – SPEDO News Release

March 23, 2017

ST. PETER’S, N.S. – The Seaside Lobsterfest will be featured in Destination Cape Breton’s new ’17 in 17’ marketing campaign.
The St. Peter’s-based event takes place July 9-16 and features a festival showcasing seafood, music, song and dance while focusing on culture and heritage.

“We are so excited that after our first year, the Seaside Lobsterfest has been selected as a signature event for Cape Breton Island,” said Sherry MacLeod, chair of the St. Peter’s Economic Development Organization, in a news release.

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RDV Tall Ships 2017 came to St. Peter’s

Posted at 8:05 pm on April 2, 2017 | Filed Under: Latest News

Held Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6, 2017

Rendez-Vous 2017 and the Tall Ships Regatta Nova Scotia saw various sailing ships and visitors from around the world visit 11 ports across the province including St. Peter’s. Four ships anchored in the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site with opportunities to get on-board!

The weekend of all Ship Rendez-Vous 2017 Activities was interwoven with Pirates and other events to boot. Added in with the annual Nicolas Denys Days and Swim the Canal events, St. Peter’s was the place to be the first week of August 2017! We’ll see what happens in 2018!

Click here to book tickets for the Festin de La Rochelle!
An Acadian Meat Pie feast with entertainment by The Privateers!

Tickets $30.  For details, click here.
Apply today to join on as crew! See this Sail On Board website link.

Friday, August 4th, 2017

All Aboard the Tall Ships!
The decks of The Mist of Avalon, St. Lawrence II, Oriole, and When and If will be open from August 4th – 6th! East Coast Credit Union Comfort Station available.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday, 12noon-5pm

Tall Ships Photo Contest
Post pics on the MacAskill House Museum Facebook Page with the #MacAskillTallShipsContest. Submit your tall ships photo by Wednesday, Aug 9. Prize to be awarded to the winner by our judging panel.

Village Welcome:
An official welcome for the Tall Ships to the Village of St. Peter’s featuring music, Mi’kmaq dancers, Celtic dancers, and a Mi’kmaq Drumming group!
Location: Under the Tents at the St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday @ 3pm

IWK Family Pirate Fun Run/Walk:
Come dressed in your Pirate best and get some exercise walking/running. All money goes to the IWK so please come out and show your support!!! Contact Shanna for more info (535-2987)
Location: St. Peter’s Firehall, ending at the Canal
Cost: Donations welcome
Time: Registration @ 5:30-6:15 / Warm up @ 6:15 / Run or walk @ 6:30pm
(Please Note Flyer Correction – Run starts at the firehall, not the ballfield)

Deck Reception Hosted by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce:
All members and business-minded people welcome to join us for a reception on the deck of the “When and If”! Snacks and beverages provided.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal (On the Deck of the When & If)
Cost: No Admission (First Come, First Served)
Time: Friday@ 5:30pm

Epic Pirate Stories & Sea Shanties!
Pirates are in town to tell the story of a heroic rescue, accompanied by sea shanty songs! Delicious tastes of the sea provided by Louie’s Cosy Corner!
Location: Under the Tents at the St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday@ 7pm

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Good Morning in the Village:
Smudging Ceremony.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Saturday @ 8am

East Coast Credit Union BBQ:
Satisfy your summer snack!  Join the Credit Union staff for a BBQ in support of Richmond Minor Baseball.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal (during Tall Ships)
Cost: Hot Dogs $2each / Sausages $3each / Pop, Kool Aid and Water $1 each
Time: Saturday, 11am – 2pm

MacAskill Learning Photography Walk:
Join Colin for a photography learning opportunity with the majestic tall ships! Walk starts at the Museum, loops down to the Canal, and back.
Location: MacAskill House Museum
Cost: Free (Museum Donations Welcome)
Time: 11am – 1pm

Learning Mi’kmaq Dance:
Join Mary Susan Lafford to learn a variety of traditional Mi’kmaq steps!
Location: St. Peters Canal
Cost: Free
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

All Aboard the Tall Ships!
The decks of The Mist of Avalon, St. Lawrence II, Oriole, and When and If will be open from August 4th – 6th! Visit the decks of the Tall Ships and have some fun at the kids activities (pirate eye patch making, knot tying, etc). East Coast Credit Union Comfort Station available.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Saturday, 12noon-5pm

Festin Musicale de la Rochelle featuring The Privateers!
Enjoy a traditional meat pie meal and beverage prepared by Louie’s Cosy Corner! Pirates will be on hand, so come dressed in your 18th century best to enjoy a meal and entertainment under the tents at the historic St. Peter’s Canal. Music by The Privateers! Tickets available at Foodland or by emailing Amanda. Space is limited so book your ticket today!
Location: Under the Tents at the St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: $30/person
Time: Saturday, 5:30pm-8pm

Tall Ships Fireworks!
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Saturday @ Dusk

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Tall Ships 5KM Run:
Hosted by Kin-Excel. Join us for a 5KM run to start your day on the right foot! Set your own speed to see scenic St. Peter’s and Battery Park, featuring Jerome Point Light. (Rain or Shine!)
Location: Kin-Excel
Cost: Free
Time: Sunday @ 8am

All Aboard the Tall Ships!
The decks of The Mist of Avalon, St. Lawrence II, Oriole, and When and If will be open from August 4th – 6th! Visit the decks of the Tall Ships and have some fun at the kids activities (pirate eye patch making, knot tying, etc). East Coast Credit Union Comfort Station available.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Sunday, 11am-4pm

Tall Ships Trading Post!
Vendors from across Cape Breton Island will feature their unique artisan work at our 18th century trading post/village market.  Open jam session hosted by Myles Davidson – all musicians welcome!
Location: Under the Tents at the St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Sunday, 12noon-5pm

Swim the Canal:
Hosted by The Village on the Canal Association and sponsored by the MacBouch Restaurant and Grill, our fourth annual “Swim the Canal” event revives a community tradition in a fun and safe way!  This year, we swim with the Tall Ships!  This event brings up to 150 people together through a fun and nostalgic community activity, reviving what was once a rite of passage, swimming from the Atlantic Ocean to the Inland Sea. Register by calling Ann Marie Kerr at (902) 535-3759, signing up at Marsha’s Custom Cuts (902) 535-3135, or online here.  Get more information on our Swim the Canal FB page.
Location: On site registration by Battery Park beach; at St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: $15 per person or $20 if paying on the day of the Swim. Register and pay before July 16th to reserve your t-shirt size.
Time: Sunday, 2pm-5pm

Tall Ships Salute!
See the Tall Ships off with a bagpiping and drumming salute! All boaters encouraged to participate in a flotilla escort out of the bay with the ships.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Sunday @ 6pm


Pirate Days becoming popular annual event

Posted at 7:28 pm on | Filed Under: Latest News

Press Release

March 29, 2017

The Annual St. Peters Pirate Days will be back again this year, with fun for everyone.

Pirate Days are are back from Thursday, September 14-17. Visitors to our village can expect to see a slightly different look than what they were expecting, as businesses deck their storefronts out in full pirate gear and home owners compete for best Pirate displays. During the four days of celebrations, don’t be surprised to see some unsavory looking characters wondering the village streets but be assured this is all in fun and a great photo opportunity as well. It might be a good idea to brush up on a little pirate lingo!

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St. Peter’s Community Spirit Recognized by Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia!

Posted at 1:31 pm on June 6, 2014 | Filed Under: Latest News

Recognizing Community Spirit – 2014
Lieutenant Governor
June 5, 2014 10:19 AM

The annual Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award will be given to several communities that have demonstrated exemplary civic and community spirit in the last year.

From January to March 2014, Nova Scotians sent in their submissions and the communities chosen are:
–St. Peter’s, Richmond Co.
–Sackville area
–Town of Amherst


Blind cross-country cyclist to make stop in St. Peter’s

Posted at 7:42 am on August 8, 2013 | Filed Under: Latest News

On Sunday, Aug. 4, blind cyclist Craig Aucoin began the ride of a lifetime. Departing St. John’s, N.L., Aucoin and his good friend and cycling partner, Lloyd McLean, began their 85-day, 8,450 km bicycle tour across the country. 
Aucoin and McLean will arrive in St. Peter’s, N.S. for a Craig Gives Back community celebration hosted by St. Peter’s Home Hardware Building Centre at 9976 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.   (more…)

St. Peter’s Ramps Up Celebrations for 300th Anniversary! July 29 – Aug 4

Posted at 11:39 am on July 7, 2013 | Filed Under: Latest News

St. Peter’s, NS – The Village of St. Peter’s has 300 reasons to celebrate this summer!  Battery Park in St. Peter’s is home to Fort Toulouse which shares its 300th anniversary with the Fortress of Louisbourg this year, so we have jumped headlong into the celebrations.   With almost 50 events lined up, this year’s Nicolas Denys Days festival culminates with a series of events in Battery Park that will be jam-packed with entertainment and fun, 18th century style!

Nicolas Denys Days Schedule / Louisbourg300 & Fort Toulouse Schedule (more…)

Village on the Canal Association – Employment Opportunity

Posted at 3:41 pm on May 22, 2013 | Filed Under: Latest News

Position Description – Community Planning Coordinator

The Community Planning Coordinator will work closely with local business and community volunteers to promote the village of St. Peter’s.  He/she will work under the direction of the Village on the Canal Association (VOCA) from July 2nd to August 23rd (8 week duration).


Music Camp on the Canal 2013 Press Release

Posted at 10:34 pm on April 21, 2013 | Filed Under: Latest News

Music Camp FlagPress Release

March 18, 2013
St. Peter’s Economic Development Organization

St. Peter’s, NS – Amateur traditional musicians will be in their element at this year’s Music Camp on the Canal. The weekend offers a choice from over 20 workshops, delivered by some of the top performers and instructors in their genres. This year fiddle workshops are led by Dwayne Cote; blues guitar workshops by John Campbelljohn; Celtic bass and guitar accompaniment by Allie Bennet; mandolin and tenor banjo by Darren MacMullin. (more…)

2013 St. Peter’s Community & Business Dinner Invitation – April 25

Posted at 10:14 am on March 8, 2013 | Filed Under: Latest News

Business Dinner Invite


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