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 Village on the Canal Association team will continue to do our best to keep www.VISITSTPETERS.COM  and https://www.facebook.com/EventsStPeters/ and your GoTo sites for the latest information on St. Peter’s and Area.

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,

We encourage all to review/share any updates on our Facebook page and organizers to also contact annmarieyorke@hotmail.com directly if your event dates have changed. This will allow Ann Marie to update her master schedule of events shared with many on the island and posted on this site’s Things To Do page..

If you have any doubts please check with the businesses and organizers directly.

Stay safe and healthy.


Important COVID-19 Links

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Page

Information on Social Distancing

Proper Hand Washing

Strait Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources 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.




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

Rescheduled to 2021

We regret to announce LobsterFest 2020 is cancelled due to restrictions with the Corona Virus. We recognize our fishers have a more difficult task this year than most. To support them, we will decorate the town. We ask Businesses and residents do the same. More to be announced.  We will again be  home to 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.

July 9 – 11, 2020

Nicolas Denys Days

Stay Tuned for 2020 Update

The week of events 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.

Rescheduled to 2021

Swim the Canal

Rescheduled to 2021

Our annual “Swim the Canal” event is an extraordinary opportunity. In 2019 we had over 325 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 2021 for the whole week.

Rescheduled to 2021

Wallace MacAskill Cup

Aug 14 & Aug 15, 2020

2020 is the 31st year of the Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club’s MacAskill Cup. 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.

Aug 14 & Aug 15, 2020


Rescheduled to Sept 4 – Sept 13, 2020

This annual week long island wide festival typically held in June has been postponed to September due to COVID-19. 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 is thrilled to have MacBouch Restaurant and Lounge as one of the chosen venues on Cape Breton Island for the many years! MacBouch will have live entertainment.

Sept 4 – Sept 13, 2020

St. Peter’s Pirate Days

Rescheduled to September 2021

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 pandemic and the possibility of a second wave onset, the St Peter’s Pirate Association regrettably announces the cancellation of the annual September Pirate Day Festival. They are committed to keeping our country and citizens safe. They appreciate your past support and consideration and want you to know that they will be working throughout the upcoming year to bring you the biggest Pirate Day Festival ever in 2021. Please be safe and take care of your neighbour. For any inquiries please email ahoy@stpeterspiratedays.ca

Celtic Colours Events

Moved online Oct 9 – 17, 2020

In 2020 the Celtic Colours experience will be delivered online— “to be enjoyed in the comfort and safety of your own home—featuring performances as well as some local flavour to keep you connected with Cape Breton Island and the Celtic Colours community.”

The Celtic Colours International Festival is typically typically 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..

Online – Oct 9 – 17, 2020

In 2020 the Celtic Colours experience will be delivered online— “to be enjoyed in the comfort and safety of your own home—featuring performances as well as some local flavour to keep you connected with Cape Breton Island and the Celtic Colours community.”

Festival of Trees

November 28 – 29, 2020

Celebrating its 25th year in 2020, 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 much more.

November 28 – 29, 2020

25th Anniversary!

Richmond County Winter Festival 

January thru February, 2021

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 thru February, 2021

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