Celtic Community

Cape Breton University is in a location that offers the perfect backdrop for those who are looking to fulfill their Celtic interests or for those who want to embark on a new cultural journey. The university is located in the heart of Cape Breton Island, home to the only Gaelic community outside of Europe and the last of the numerous Gaidhealtachds (Gaelic-speaking areas) that once existed throughout North America. The island is also host of the Celtic Colours International Festival, a nine-day Celtic music festival for which people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture.

At Cape Breton University, you’ll find many ways to explore and celebrate Celtic culture. We offer programs in  Celtic Culture, Gaelic and Folklore, and offer Canada’s only undergraduate degree in traditional music. Along with our programs, you’ll find many Celtic research opportunities and resources in the CBU Library and the Beaton Institute Archives.

On campus, you’ll also find the Centre for Cape Breton Studies. This is where you’ll find the faculty members for our Celtic culture and ethnomusicology programs, a state of the art digitization lab, and our highly acoustic and soundproof Rotary music room. This Centre is committed to promoting and preserving intangible cultural heritage by working within the local community and a wider international arena.

Watch how Cape Breton became Celtic:


Immerse yourself in Celtic culture:

Join CBU at Celtic Colours
View our Celtic Studies Options
View our Celtic resources
Take a virtual tour
Explore our island