Celebrating Celtic Colors on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Immerse yourself in the vibrant music culture of Canada's remote, bucolic Cape Breton Island with a trip to the Celtic Colours International Festival in October, strategically timed to take advantage of some of North America's most dramatic fall foliage. Performances take place all along the Cabot Trail—a gorgeous 185-mile driving loop that circles the northern part of the island. Fiddlers, step-dancers, singers, and acts like the internationally-known Chieftains are on tap day and night for nine days. The Festival Club is a highlight: after evening shows are done, artists and patrons retire to the Gaelic College in St. Ann's for informal sessions that go well past the bar's 3 am last call.