You know you are in Cape Breton when you take in a lunch
time Ceilidh and enjoy a delicious seafood chowder.
Just 20 minutes from the Canso Causeway along Highway 19 –
the Ceilidh Trail is the village of Judique and the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre. Local musicians perform fiddle and piano in Cape
Breton style Scottish music at the Lunchtime Ceilidh.
On our recent visit Donna DeWolfe on fiddle and Allan Dewar on piano entertained. A guest piper from Antigonish, Heather MacIsaac added her talents on the small pipes. Listen to a brief clip on the link.
The chowder was delicious and the desert of warm Blueberry
Bread Pudding was memorable.
Learn about the history of the area, the musicians and Scottish
music. Pickup a few steps on the video
tutorial on step dancing. The gift shop
has a selection of books, CDs and gifts.
Next to the center the Alexander trail is a cool and shady
forest trail leading down to the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail – the 70 KM trail from
the Causeway to Inverness. Bikers and walkers
enjoy this trail along the coastline with access to side trails leading to accommodations
and food. Cape Breton’s Musical Coast is
a pleasure with changing vistas of ocean and a variety of topography. Wild apples, berries, flowers changing with
the seasons, small streams and bridges and coastal grasses. Good opportunity for bird watching and chance
sightings of fox or deer along the way.
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail
Celtic Music Interpretive Centre
Getting outdoors in nature is just a few steps away. The Antigonish Landing is great for a walk, run, biking or walking the dog. Two elevated platforms look over the wetlands to the farmlands on the Williams Point area.
The trail is accessible in every season. In the winter enjoy snow shoeing (Snowshoes available at the Town Hall and the People’s Place Library). Enjoy a hike or biking (bike rentals available from the Highland Bike Shop on Main Street).
Each season brings its own special enjoyment – spring buds, summer flowers and bird song, apples and berries in the fall. Each turn in the trail brings a new view making this a favorite for photographers. Ducks, herons and other water birds nest and feed in this wetland. Chickadees, red wing blackbirds, warblers and seasonal visitors feast on the berries and seeds.
This 2KM trail (4KM return) is on the outskirts of town. The first entrance is just across the railway tracks on the East end of town, on Adams Street. The 2nd entrance is off Hwy 337 just past Tony’s Meats on the Landing Road.
Photos by Denise Davies
Antigonish Landing Map from MapCarta