Nicolas Denys Days 2018 Schedule of Events

Nicolas Denys Days and Swim the Canal – July 30th to Aug 5th

All Week Long! We have many events planned out for you to enjoy. 

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. Fishing gear available for rent by calling Gabrielle at 902-302-1610.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal / Battery Park
Cost: Free

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Poker Walk:
Hosted by Village on the Canal Association. Join us to win prizes for best hand and door prizes.  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

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Teddy Bear Picnic:
Hosted by the Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre, this year’s picnic will include story time, 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 Lions 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)

Open Jam Session at the MacBouch:
Join one of our local hosts 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 Big Bingo of the Month:
Try your luck at a special Tuesday night bingo!
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 1st, 2018

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 6:00pm / 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 St. Peter’s Lions 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 St. Peter’s Lions Marina to review the results.
Location: St. Peter’s Lions Marina
Cost: Free (Donations to WMYC are welcome)
Time: Skipper’s Meeting 5:15pm / Registration 5:30pm / Race starts at 6pm

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-7pm

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

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

The Village Kids have Talent:
For children 15 & under – all talents welcome! Hosted by Myles Davidson – his new CD will be available for purchase at the event. 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

Friends of Leona Chowder:
Hosted by the Friends of Leona, enjoy a delicious chowder dinner (seafood and corn chowder available) and show your support for our 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 – United Church Lakeside Cemetery:
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 United Church Cemetery to learn about the history of our community.
Location: United Church Lakeside Cemetery (DeRaymond Street)
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: 6pm-8pm
(Open to All Ages until 9pm – Must be Age of Majority after 9pm)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

St. Peter’s & Area Food Bank Bake Sale Fundraiser:
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

Wallace MacAskill Cup Warm Up Race:
The Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club presents the warm up race for the MacAskill Cup! The race takes place in Jackson Bay, on the lake side of the St. Peter’s Canal. Contact Gordon Kerr (535-3759) to register.
Location: St. Peter’s Lions Marina
Cost: Included in registration for the Wallace MacAskill Cup
Time: Registration opens at 12pm / Skipper’s Meeting at 1pm / Race Starts at 2pm

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Join us for a Jam Session with Jay! 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 until 9pm – Must be Age of Majority after 9pm)

Wing Night at the MacBouch:
Join us for delicious chicken wings at the MacBouch!
Location: MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge
Cost: Wings $0.55 each (eat-in price) / Other Food Prices Vary
Time: 9pm-12 midnight
(Must be age of majority for this event)

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

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

Wallace MacAskill Cup Regatta:
Organized by the Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club, this race in the Bras d’Or Lake is the signature sailboat race event in the St. Peter’s area. The race is a 25 NM race into the big lake, followed by reception and awards ceremony at the St. Peter’s Lions Marina. Contact Gordon Kerr (535-3759) to register.
Location: St. Peter’s Lions Marina
Cost: $20 per boat for WMYC Members / $30 Non-Members
Time: Registration opens at 9am / Skipper’s Meeting at 10am / Race Start: TBA

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 5.
Location: Rankin’s Pond (9735 Grenville Street)
Cost: Free
Time: 10am – 12noon

East Coast Credit Union BBQ:
Satisfy your summer snack!  Join the Credit Union staff for a BBQ in support of Richmond Minor Baseball.
Location: East Coast Credit Union on Grenville Street
Cost: Hot Dogs $2 each / Sausages $3 each / Pop, Kool Aid and Water $1 each
Time: 11am – 2pm

Live Entertainment at The Lions Hall:
With a fantastic mix of classic rock, jazz, blues, and pop, you’ll be dancing with RetroActive on Saturday night!
Location: Lions Hall
Cost: $10 per person
Time: 8pm-12pm
(Must be age of majority for this event)

Campbell Fiddle and Blues:
Join John Campbelljohn for a rockin’ Saturday night with friends and family! Food and beverages available for purchase.
Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar
Cost: $20 per person
Time: 7pm-10pm
(Open to All Ages until 9pm – Must be Age of Majority after 9pm)

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

5KM Park 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. Contact Marvin to register at 902-535-2488. (Rain or Shine!)
Location: Kin-Excel
Cost: Free
Time: 8am

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

Nicolas Denys Days Festival Parade:
The 2018 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 2018: Far from Ordinary…. Be Extraordinary.

Nicolas Denys Days includes the first “Swim the Canal” event in the world! Our fifth annual “Swim the Canal” is an extraordinary community tradition of fun, festivities and celebration. There are two swim options, enter in the world-famous Bras d’Or Lake through the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site, ending at Battery Provincial Park beach on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.  You can swim the length, 800 meters or the width, 100 meters from Battery Park to the canal wall and back. All swimmers receive a t-shirt to acknowledge their accomplishment. Spectators welcome – come cheer us on! Click here for more details on the Swim.

To Register: Call Ann Marie Kerr – (902) 535-3759 or sign up at Marsha’s Custom Cuts in St. Peter’s (902) 535-3135, or see all about the event and registration online at our Visit St Peter’s page. Register and pay before July 16th to reserve your t-shirt size.

Location: Battery Provincial Park beach, St. Peter’s
Cost: $15 per person, $16.50 online or $20 if paying on the day of the Swim.
Time: 1pm-5pm (Registration starts at 1pm / Swim starts at approx 3pm)

Hosted by The Village on the Canal Association and sponsored by the MacBouch Restaurant and Grill.

Live Entertainment at the Inn:
Join Roger Stone for an evening of live entertainment. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Location: Bras d’Or Lakes Inn Dining Room and Bar
Cost: $5 per person
Time: 8pm-11pm
(Open to All Ages until 9pm – Must be Age of Majority after 9pm)