Experience St. Peter's
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The Village of St. Peter’s situated in Richmond County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada is a thriving hub for music and activities on the south side of Cape Breton as well as a commercial centre for Richmond County, St. Peter’s offers all the amenities to tourists and locals alike from accommodations and entertainment through to gift and craft shops, pharmacies, banks and a first rate marina. Our canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Bras d’Or Lake making St. Peter’s a perfect centre for experiences on both land and sea. We host many events and offer a wide range of things to do. So if you are planning to stay or just looking for a place to relax and enjoy the day, St. Peter’s offers it all with a welcoming, small town atmosphere.
Plan a visit to St. Peter’s on your next vacation or business trip! Relax and enjoy our friendly people and warm hospitality!
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St. Peter’s is also a gateway into the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve, one of 18 designated UNESCO Biospheres in Canada. The biosphere is a “place where the people who live and work within its boundary try to attain a balanced relationship with the natural world, contributing to the needs of society as a whole by showing a way to a more sustainable future.” ” The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere is so much more than local people designating their place as special. We are an international showcase for ‘how to do it right’ designated by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB).”
Expect the Unexpected!
We plan on making your visit memorable.
Any time of the year!
Things to Do in the Village
Things to Do in the Area
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.
Bandemonium workshops in June for performance-ready young musicians, followed by an evening concert. Jam Sessions every Friday evening during July & August. Visiting musicians are invited to sit in for an authentic acoustic jam session with local playersat the Lions Marina. All instruments, all genres. Listeners welcome
June 28 – July 6, 2019
This annual weeklong 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
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 Municipality of Richmond County. 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.