Home of our Hearts-Cape Breton
The World’s Largest Fiddle stands 60 feet tall in the Sydney harbor proudly welcoming one and all to Cape Breton, the masterpiece of Nova Scotia and Canada!
This fine sunny morning we had the great pleasure of meeting the lovely Dawn Beaton (one of the two extremely talented Beaton sisters). These two Cape Breton sisters have won an ECMA for roots/traditional group recording of the year category and have played in places as far away as China! She fiddled a tune for us on our way out of Sydney and towards the Highland Village Museum in Iona. We couldn’t help ourselves but dance an awkward jig to her fun little tune.
Later we arrived at the Highland Village Museum (An Clachan Gàidhealach), which is the living history museum and folk-life centre in scenic Iona, located in the heart of Cape Breton, overlooking the magnificent Barramens Strait on the Bras d’Or Lakes. We were warmly greeted by Jim who is a manager of the Village, and who speaks fluent Gaelic and is a wealth of information on both Gaelic and Island history. He got us decked out in proper clothes for the tour and then treated us to a wonderful experience around the village that included a Gaelic traditional song by a local family in one of the period kitchens.
From start to finish it was a remarkable day with remarkable people on an incredibly remarkable Island!
Credit:Great Canadian Adventure Tour
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