Experience St. Peter's

The Village of St. Peter’s is conveniently situated in Cape Breton’s South Coast Region on the Fleur-de-Lis trail  and on the Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive trail encircling the Bras d’Or Lake Region.

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 by land or sea.

Join in!

 Any time of the year!


Video courtesy of Todd Thompson

The businesses, events and festivals in our area are continually reviewing their current operational procedures, logistics and scheduling due to the worldwide pandemic situation and related guidelines and regulations set down by the Federal and Nova Scotia governments and health authorities.


Nova Scotia COVID-19 Page

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


We are an eventful community – throughout the year.

Annual Events

Check the Things To Do page and our Events St. Peter’s Facebook Page for more!

Our festival links – same but different!

Arts & Entertainment

Throughout the year!

Live music is available most evening’s throughout the summer and in the off season along with theatre, concerts, art galleries and special events held at venues in the village and immediate area. Check out Jam Sessions and the like on the More Info link.

Throughout the year

Seaside LobsterFest

Planning for next year

LobsterFest 2021 was cancelled due to restrictions with the Corona Virus. To recognized our fishers we still decorated the town in red. We are still reviewing options for 2022. Seaside LobsterFest is 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.

Returning soon!

Nicolas Denys Days

See us return in 2022

The week of events the first week of August 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 gives you an opportunity to join in the fun with our whole community.

On Hold. Planning for 2022

Swim the Canal

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Our annual “Swim the Canal” event is back! It’s an extraordinary opportunity and is held during Nicolas Denys Days the first week of August.  In 2019, before COVID, we had over 325 participants. Why not join us in 2022 for the whole week. Check More Info online and sign up early! 

Wallace MacAskill Cup

August  2022

The Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club’s MacAskill Cup is in it’s 3rd decade.. It is usually held the first week of August. A warm-up race is 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 is the awards and celebration ashore. 

Wallace MacAskill Cup

August 2022


July 1 to July 9, 2022

This annual week long island wide festival is planning to return to its usual early summer spot for 2022! The event 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 has historically been one of the chosen venues on Cape Breton Island! Stay tuned by checking into their online site Spring 2022.


July 1 to July 9 4, 2022

The Village of St. Peter’s is typically one of the chosen venues on Cape Breton Island! Stay tuned by checking on their online site Spring 2022.

St. Peter’s Pirate Days

Planning for September 2022

Ahoy mateys – St. Peter’s is the place to be for our annual Pirate Days celebrations! We hope you are able to join in on this annual event with the St. Peter’s community and businesses while finding your inner pirate. We always plan to have a weekend of fun activities scheduled for all ages. Pirates from far visit and bring their friends. So come to St. Peter’s mateys, by land or sea however you will need to wait until September 2022 to celebrate Pirate Days with us. But keep your wits about you – you don’t want to be shanghaied! 

Planning for September 2022

“AHOY all ye seadogs and landlubbers! St. Peter’s Pirate Days is planning for 2022. Stay tuned!

Celtic Colours

October 7 to October 15, 2022

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. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021.

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.  Stay tuned to see how to experience the music in 2022.

Celtic Colours at Home 2021

October 8 – 16, 2021

“It is with great regret that we must move in the direction of an online Festival again in 2021. We’ve witnessed some promising signs in early 2021 with the advance of vaccines in our Province and continued hard work in keeping Covid-19 out of our communities. But in April and May, we saw first-hand that Cape Breton Island would not be immune to the pandemic, with the third wave washing upon our shores.” Mike MacSween, Executive Director of the Festival.

 Festival of Trees

Planning for 2021

Usually the Festival of Trees includes two days of inside 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 much more. For 2021 we will not have the indoor display however we are finalizing some outdoor fun! Stay tuned.

Planning for 2021

 Stay tuned.

Richmond County Winter Festival 

January & February, 2022

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.

January & February, 2022

Check the Attractions and Things To Do page and our Events St. Peter’s Facebook Page for more!