Experience St. Peter's

Join Us In St.Peter's

The Village of St. Peter’s is situated among the Capes, Keys and Coves of the ‘South Coast to Adventure’ on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

We host many events and offer a wide range of things to do – all with a welcoming, small town atmosphere.

Our historic St. Peter’s canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Bras d’Or Lake inland sea making St. Peter’s a perfect home base for creating memorable experiences whether on land or sea.

Why not join us for awhile!

St. Peter’s is also a gateway into the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve, one of 18 designated UNESCO Biospheres in Canada. 




Expect the Unexpected!

We plan on making your visit memorable.

Any time of the year!

Arts & Entertainment

Throughout the year!

Live music & jam sessions are available most evening’s throughout the summer and in the off season along with theatre, concerts, art gallerys and special events held at venues in the village and immediate area.


Jam Sessions

Jam Sessions every Friday evening during July & August. Visiting musicians are invited to sit in for an authentic acoustic jam session with local players at the Lions Marina. All instruments, all genres. Listeners welcome. Check it all out below.


June 28 – July 6, 2019 

This annual week long island wide festival provides a great opportunity to listen to Cape Breton music, enjoy céilidhs, food and drink, the Gaelic language and song, cheering and dancing, informality and hospitality. The Village of St. Peter’s is thrilled to have MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge as one of the chosen venues on Cape Breton Island for the annual KitchenFest!. MacBouch will have live entertainment from June 30 – July 7

Seaside LobsterFest

July 2 to 7, 2019

This is the home of the Seaside LobsterFest, an annual celebration of our long standing tradition of lobster fishing in the Cape Breton South Coast. Music, food, community and family fun awaits you in our little slice of heaven “Where the ocean meets the inland sea”. And a chance to get out on a lobster boat leaving from the  St. Peter’s Canal National Historic site.

Nicolas Denys Days

July 29 – August 4, 2019

The many events planned for the week are hosted by various organizations to ensure that the whole community benefits from and participates actively in the festival. As a visitor to the area, this approach give you an opportunity to “get to know” our whole community and join in the fun all week long.

Wallace MacAskill Cup

Aug 2 – 3, 2019

This will be the 30th year running the Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club’s MacAskill Cup. The usual custom is to have warm-up races held on the club’s buoyed short course, nearby the canal on Friday afternoon. The big race starts on Saturday morning, approximately 25 nautical miles on the lake (course determined based on wind and weather conditions). Afterwards, join us for awards, legendary chowder and fun & games ashore.

Swim the Canal

Aug 4, 2019

Our annual “Swim the Canal” event is an extraordinary opportunity. In 2018 we had over 250 participants so check on line and sign up early! Note that Swim the Canal is held during Nicolas Denys Days  Why not join us in 2019 for the whole week.

St. Peter’s Pirate Days

Sept 12 – 15, 2019

Ahoy mateys – St. Peter’s is the place to be for Pirate Days celebrations! We hope you will join in on this annual event with the St. Peter’s community and businesses while finding your inner pirate. There will be a weekend of fun activities scheduled for all ages. Pirates from far and near visit and have promised to bring even more of their friends in 2019! So come to St. Peter’s mateys, by land or sea, September 12 – 15, 2018 and celebrate Pirate Days with us. But keep your wits about you – you don’t want to be shanghaied!

Celtic Colours Events

Oct 11 – 19, 2019

The Celtic Colours International Festival is held annually in October in venues all over the island.beginning on the Friday of each Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and presents many events all over Cape Breton. Events include Local Food, Community Meals, Farmer’s Market, Learning, Outdoor, Gaelic Language, Participatory and Visual Arts experiences. St. Peter’s is a natural hub to visit many events scheduled in around this area during the week.. 

Festival of Trees

November 23 – 24, 2019

Now in its 24th year, the Festival of Trees includes a full two days of activities showcasing local talent and providing a dazzling display of decorated trees entered by businesses, organizations and individuals in the area.  Activities during the weekend include crafts, music, pictures with Santa, Santa’s workshop (stories and games), and a concert feature many of the area’s youth. There is also a new Festival Art Gallery at the Bonnie Brae Club on Toulouse Street you will want to check out.

30th Richmond County Winter Festival

Jan & Feb each Year

Celebrate winter with many of the communities that make up Richmond County. There is skating, card games, dinners, chowders, variety shows, ATV Rally and snowshoeing happening somewhere in the county.

Check out other Activities on our Things To Do page above and our Events St. Peter’s Facebook Page below.