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.


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

See us return in 2021

LobsterFest 2020 was cancelled due to restrictions with the Corona Virus. We recognized our fishers had a more difficult task this year than most. To support them, we still decorated the town.   In 2021 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.

Returning in 2021

Nicolas Denys Days

Planning for 2021

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.

Planning for 2021

Swim the Canal

Planning for 2021

Our annual “Swim the Canal” event is an extraordinary opportunity and held during Nicolas Denys Days the first week of August.  Why not join us in 2021 for the whole week. In 2019 we had over 325 participants so check on line and sign up early! 2020 was cancelled due to COVID.

Planning for 2021

Wallace MacAskill Cup

Planning for 2021

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

Planning for August 2021


Planning for 2021

This annual week long island wide festival typically held in June. 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 was thrilled to have the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn as one of the chosen venues on Cape Breton Island!

Planning for 2021

St. Peter’s Pirate Days

Planning for September 2021

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 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, September 2021 and celebrate Pirate Days with us. But keep your wits about you – you don’t want to be shanghaied! 

Planning for September 2021

“AHOY all ye seadogs and landlubbers! St. Peter’s Pirate Days is planning for 2021. Stay tuned!

Celtic Colours Events

October, 2021

In 2020, because of COVID19, the Celtic Colours experience was 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.  Stay tuned to see how to experience the music in 2021.

Planning for 2021

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

Planning for 2021

Celebrating over two decades in 2021, 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.

Planning for 2021

 Stay tuned.

Richmond County Winter Festival 

January 25  thru February 21, 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 25  thru February 21, 2021

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