Below is the 2017 Schedule of Events – Stay Tuned for the 2018 Schedule


All Week Long!

Turning the Tides:
At the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site, visitors can take a scenic walk along the 800-meter long canal and watch as boats transit its unique double-gated tidal lock. The welcoming staff will enlighten you as they present the history of the canal and explain the workings of the tidal lock and swing bridge. Enjoy a day of fishing off the canal walls or walk across the lock gates for an afternoon hike in the adjacent Battery Park or the nearby coastal trail.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal / Battery Park
Cost: Free


Monday, July 31st, 2017

Poker Walk:
Hosted by Village on the Canal Association. Join us to win prizes for best hand and door prizes along a brand new route.  Six cards drawn, use the best of 5 to make your hand! (Weather Permitting)
Location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall
Cost: $5.00 / Poker Hand
Time: Registration 6pm-6:30pm

Family Square Dance:
Live players and traditional steps, with Roddie’s Square Dance Society, United Church Hall.
Location: United Church Hall
Cost: $5/person (under 12 free) / Family of 4 or more $15
Time: 7pm-9pm

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Live music jam session! Food and beverages available for purchase until 8pm.
Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar
Cost: Free
Time: 7pm-9pm
(Open to All Ages)


Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Teddy Bear Picnic:
Hosted by the Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre, this year’s picnic will include storytime, crafts, and physical activities. Bring a picnic lunch and don’t forget your favorite teddy bear or super hero – we’ll be giving them a medical and dental check-up!
Location: George Robertson Recreation Complex fields. (Rain location: St. Peter’s Fire Hall)
Cost: Free
Time: 10am-12noon

Village Scavenger Hunt:
The St. Peter’s Village Commission is hosting a Village-wide scavenger hunt. Test your directional and problem solving skills to solve all the clues while discovering St. Peter’s!
Prizes will be awarded. (Weather Permitting)
Location: Village Kiosk in front of the Post Office.
Cost: Free
Time: Registration 2pm (check back in before 5pm)

The Village Kids have Talent:
For children 13 & under – all talents welcome! Hosted by Jason Williams. This show will feature singing, dancing, playing instruments, poetry, comedy acts, etc. Prizes awarded to all participants! Pre-sign up is appreciated but last minute performers are welcome! Contact Shanna at 535-2987 or shanna_kendra@hotmail.com. Audience votes – snacks & drinks provided during voting break!
Location: United Church Hall
Cost: Silver Collection which is given back to the top three winners
Time: 5:30pm

Open Jam Session at the MacBouch:
Join hosts Wendy Abbott and Rosie Sampson for an evening jam session with a country, rock and traditional music mix.
Location: MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge
Cost: $3/person and Jammers are Free!
Time: 7pm-9pm

St. Peter’s Lion’s Club Bingo:
Try your luck at a special Tuesday night bingo! $1000 jackpot must go!
Location: St. Peter’s Lion’s Club
Cost: Prices vary depending on cards purchased
Time: Early Bird Game at 7:45pm / Regular Games at 8pm


Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Nicolas Denys Museum Open House:
Hosted by the St. Peter’s Community Club, explore three centuries of history of St. Pierre, Fort Toulouse, St. Peter’s Canal, and Nicolas Denys.
Location: Nicolas Denys Museum
Cost: Free
Time: 1pm-4pm

MacAskill Museum Auction:
Hosted by the Wallace MacAskill Museum Society, the auction will feature new merchandise, antiques, home baking, gift certificates, door prizes and bidders’ prizes.
Location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall
Cost: Free Admittance
Time: Viewing begins at 6:30pm / Auction opens at 7:30pm

Wednesday Night Sailboat Race
Hosted by the Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club and sponsored by the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, this is a fun summer race series on the lake side of the canal in Jackson Bay.  Visiting boaters are encouraged to participate. Visitors to our community are welcome to jump on a boat and join in the fun. Show up at the Marina by 5:00 pm and check with boats that are preparing to race. You can also call our Commodore, Gordon, at 631-3754 and he will find you a spot on a boat, if available. After the race there is a gathering at the Marina to review the results.
Location: St. Peter’s Lions Marina
Cost: Free (Donations to WMYC are welcome)
Time: Skipper’s Meeting 4:15pm / Registration 4:30pm, Race starts at 5pm

Concert By the Sea:
Free outdoor concert series showcasing the best of our local talent. (Weather Permitting)
Location: St Peter’s Lions Marina.
Cost: Free
Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Parks Are For People Guided Walk:
Enjoy the sights and sounds of St. Peter’s Bay on a guided walk through the Park. (Weather Permitting)
Location: Jerome Point Lighthouse in Battery Park.
Cost: Free
Time: Begins at 7pm

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Live music jam session! Food and beverages available for purchase until 8pm.
Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar
Cost: Free
Time: 7pm-9pm
(Open to All Ages)


Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Friends of Leona Chowder:
Hosted by the Friends of Leona, enjoy their FAMOUSLY DELICIOUS seafood and corn chowder dinner  to show your support for the Cape Breton Regional Cancer Center. Enjoy your chowder in the company of friends, or if you are on the fly, get your chowder to go (order on site or call 535-2482). Supper should always be that easy…and that delicious!
Location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall
Cost: $14.00/person
Time: 4:30pm

Graveyard Tour – St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church:
Have you ever thought of a graveyard as a place of adventure, learning and discovery? Have you ever read names and dates and wondered what kind of life the people led? Join guide Clair Rankin for a tour of the Catholic Church Cemetery to learn about the history of our community.
Location: St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Cemetery
Cost: Free
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Enjoy easy listening music provided by the three piece band Echo. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar
Cost: Free
Time: 7pm-9pm
(Open to All Ages)


Friday, August 4th, 2017

Bake Sale:
Check out the delicious goodies at the Bake Sale hosted by the St. Peter’s & Area Foodbank.
Location: St. Peter’s Home Hardware
Cost: Prices Vary
Time: 10am

Tall Ships Decks are Open!
The decks of The Mist of Avalon, St. Lawrence II, and When and If will be open from August 4th – 6th! East Coast Credit Union Comfort Station available. For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday & Saturday, 12noon-5pm / Sunday, 11am-4pm

Tall Ships Photo Contest
Post pics on the MacAskill House Museum Facebook Page with the #MacAskillTallShipsContest. Submit your tall ships photo by Wednesday, Aug 9. Prize to be awarded to the winner by our judging panel.
Location: http://www.facebook.com/MacAskillMuseum/

Tall Ships Village Welcome:
An official welcome for the Tall Ships to the Village of St. Peter’s featuring music, Mi’kmaq dancers, Celtic dancers, and Mi’kmaq Drumming! For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday @ 3pm

Tall Ships IWK Family Pirate Fun Run/Walk:
Come dressed in your Pirate best and get some exercise walking/running. All money goes to the IWK so please come out and show your support!!! Contact Shanna for more info (535-2987)
Location: St. Peter’s Firehall, ending at the Canal
Cost: Donations welcome
Time: Registration @ 5:30-6:15 / Warm up @ 6:15 / Run or walk @ 6:30pm

Tall Ships Deck Reception Hosted by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce:
All members and business-minded people welcome to join us for a reception on the deck of the “When and If”! Snacks and beverages provided. For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal (On the Deck of the When & If)
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday@ 5:30pm

Tall Ships Epic Pirate Stories & Sea Shanties!
Pirates are in town to tell the story of a heroic rescue, accompanied by sea shanty songs! Delicious tastes of the sea provided by Louie’s Cosy Corner! For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: Under the Tents at the St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday@ 7pm

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Join local musician Myles Davidson at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn for an evening of music and song. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar
Cost: Free
Time: 7pm-9pm
(Open to All Ages)

Wing Night at the MacBouch:
Join us for delicious chicken wings at the MacBouch!
Location: MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge
Cost: Food Prices Vary
Time: 9pm-12 midnight
(Must be age of majority for this event)


Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Festival Slow-Pitch Tournament:
Co-ed slow-pitch tournament hosted by the Royals team. Register teams by calling Marvin at 535-2137. 1st Prize $600, 2nd Prize $300! (Prize levels based on 8 teams registered)
Location: St. Peter’s Ball Field
Cost: $250 / team + 2 balls
Time: Games begin at 8am

Tall Ships Good Morning in the Village:
Smudging Ceremony.  For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: 8am

Under 10 Fishing Derby:
Children under 10 can cast their line at Rankin’s Pond. Bring your lucky rod and keep your catch! Rain Date Sunday, Aug 6.
Location: Rankin’s Pond (9735 Granville Street)
Cost: Free
Time: 10am – 12noon

Tall Ships Decks are Open!
The decks of The Mist of Avalon, St. Lawrence II, and When and If will be open from August 4th – 6th! Visit the decks of the Tall Ships and have some fun at the kids activities (pirate eye patch making, knot tying, etc). East Coast Credit Union Comfort Station available. For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday & Saturday, 12noon-5pm / Sunday, 11am-4pm

MacAskill Learning Photography Walk:
Join Colin for a photography learning opportunity with the majestic tall ships! Walk starts at the Museum, loops down to the Canal, and back.
Location: MacAskill House Museum
Cost: Free (Museum Donations Welcome)
Time: 11am – 1pm

Tall Ships East Coast Credit Union BBQ:
Satisfy your summer snack!  Join the Credit Union staff for a BBQ in support of Richmond Minor Baseball.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal (during Tall Ships)
Cost: Hot Dogs $2each / Sausages $3each / Pop, Kool Aid and Water $1 each
Time: 11am – 2pm

Learning Mi’kmaq Dance:
Join Mary Susan Lafford to learn a variety of traditional Mi’kmaq steps!
Location: St. Peters Canal
Cost: Free
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Tall Ships Festin Musicale de la Rochelle featuring The Privateers!
Enjoy a traditional meat pie meal and beverage prepared by Louie’s Cosy Corner! Pirates will be on hand, so come dressed in your 18th century best. Music by The Privateers! Tickets available at Foodland or by emailing Amanda. For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: Under the Tents at the St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: $30/person
Time: 5:30pm

Tall Ships Fireworks!
For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Dusk

Live Band @ The Lions Hall:
Get out dancing with the MacLellan Brothers on Saturday night!
Location: Lions Hall
Cost: $10
Time: 9pm-12pm
(Must be age of majority for this event)


Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Tall Ships 5KM Run:
Hosted by Kin-Excel. Join us for a 5KM run to start your day on the right foot! Set your own speed to see scenic St. Peter’s and Battery Park. (Rain or Shine!)
Location: Kin-Excel
Cost: Free
Time: 8am

Tall Ships Decks are Open!
The decks of The Mist of Avalon, St. Lawrence II, and When and If will be open from August 4th – 6th! Visit the decks of the Tall Ships and have some fun at the kids activities (pirate eye patch making, knot tying, etc). East Coast Credit Union Comfort Station available. For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: Friday & Saturday, 12noon-5pm / Sunday, 11am-4pm

Hodge Podge Parish Potluck Dinner:
Hosted by the St. Peter’s Parish, enjoy a down-home potluck supper – a great opportunity to experience some great Cape Breton cooking!
Location: St. Peter’s Lions Hall
Cost: Free Will Offering
Time: 11:30am

Tall Ships Trading Post!
Vendors from across Cape Breton Island will feature their unique artisan work.  Entertainment hosted by Myles Davidson. For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: Under the Tents at the St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: 12noon

Nicolas Denys Days Festival Parade:
The 2017 parade will include participation by local organizations and businesses, and a host of characters! Show your community spirit by participating in the parade!
Parade Route: Begins on DeRaymond St., left onto Grenville St., left onto Argyle St. (at the Caper Gas Service Station) towards Richmond Villa, back to Pepperell Street and ending at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall. (Weather Permitting) Parade Categories (Best): Commercial, Decorated Bicycle, Children’s, Organization, Overall
Cost: Free
Time: Begins at 1:30pm Sharp!

Swim the Canal:
Hosted by The Village on the Canal Association and sponsored by the MacBouch Restaurant and Grill, our fourth annual “Swim the Canal” event revives a community tradition in a fun and safe way!  Join locals as they relive their youth – this event brings people together through a fun and nostalgic community activity, reviving what was once a rite of passage! There are 2 swim options, the width or the length, from the lake, through the locks and ending at Battery Park beach.  All swimmers are awarded a t-shirt to acknowledge their accomplishment. Be one of the growing list of people to say they swam the length of a canal! To register either call Ann Marie Kerr – (902) 535-3759 or sign up at Marsha’s Custom Cuts in town (902) 535-3135. Or you can register online and get more information from our Swim the Canal FB page. For Spectators – SO MUCH to DO!  The tall ships are in to help us celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Swimmer info available here shortly.
Location: On site registration by Battery Park beach; at St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: $15 per person or $20 if paying on the day of the Swim. Register and pay before July 16th to reserve your t-shirt size.
Time: 2pm-5pm

Tall Ships Salute!
See the Tall Ships off with a bagpiping and drumming salute! All boaters encouraged to participate in a flotilla escort out of the bay with the ships. For full details on activities at the St. Peter’s Canal this weekend, click here.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal
Cost: No Admission
Time: 6pm