Pjila’si! Nestled along the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton’s rolling heartlands – where the highlands meet the lowlands – there’s history, culture, and beauty waiting to be discovered. There is a tremendously vibrant cultural heart in this region, beating with the drums of the Scottish who settled the land of the Mi’kmaq who were here before.
History, culture & beauty
waiting to be discovered
We invite you to discover the richness
of everyday activities in other cultures
Learn by watching, listening and sharing our stories
*All tours must be pre-booked. Visit our Tour page for more information!
Discover authentic Mi’kmaq culture along our picturesque 2.4 KM trail on Goat Island in Eskasoni. The island hugs the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
You will be guided along the trail by one of our Mi’kmaq cultural interpreters who will take you to visit several villages, each one offering a unique experience to learn and partake in this way of life.
- Take part in a smudging ceremony
- Learn to make four cents cake over an open fire
- Learn the art of basketry
- Learn and join in our traditional dance
- Speak to our trading post merchant
- Play the ancient game of Waltes
- Learn about hunting and fishing techniques.
Top this all off with a traditional snack of luskinigan and tea!
Book Your Experience
Experience our Mi'kmaq culture through food, dance, interpretation and exploring the beauty of Goat Island. We offer experiences year-round, and our group tours can be customized for any age.
Food: Indulge in our Mi’kmaq culture by enjoying one of our favourite traditional foods – the Four Cent Cake. This cake has been passed down through the generations and is still enjoyed to this day. Cooked over an open fire by one of our Mi’kmaq Heritage Interpreters, relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the Bras d’Or Lake as she explains how this famous bread got its name.
Dance: Join us in one of our original traditional dances – the Kojua. The Koju’a is a unique social dance of the Mi’kmaq that has survived to this day. It was once known as a celebration dance for events such as a birth or wedding. The energetic movements of the Koju’a test the dancer’s strength and endurance. Today, Koju’a competitions are often part of special cultural events or Powwows.
Group Tours: Join us for a hands-on experience of Mi’kmaq culture and heritage. Enjoy our style of dancing, hunting, fishing, outdoor cooking, traditional drumming, and experience a smudging ceremony. Visit our Trading Post and take home a memory of your experience! Group sizes are kept small to offer an immersed cultural experience (larger groups may be divided into two smaller groups). Your group also has the option to enjoy a delicious traditional meal of fish cakes, baked beans and our Mi’kmaq traditional bread favourite, Luskinikn.
Student Tours: We cater to a Student Group Tours of all ages. Students will enjoy walking along the shores of the Bras d’Or lake and learning about the Mi’kmaq way of bread-making, smudging, hunting, fishing and dancing. Students may be divided into smaller groups depending on numbers to ensure an immersive experience for all. Depending on age, students may choose between a basket-making activity (older ages) or a leather bracelet activity (young children). Before departing Goat Island, students may visit our Trading Post to take home a memory of their adventure.
Winter Based Activity: Eskasoni Cultural Journeys provides a unique and fun experience with Traditional Snow Shoeing. Snowshoe along our beautiful groomed trail while enjoying captivating winter views of the Bras D’or Lake. Before departing Goat Island, warm up inside with a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate.
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Goat Island is the perfect destination for group events, special activities and lots of fun, no matter what the season!
Winter-based Experiences: Eskasoni Cultural Journeys provides a unique and fun experience with Traditional Snow Shoeing. Snowshoe along our beautiful groomed trail while enjoying captivating winter views of the Bras D’or Lake. Before departing Goat Island, warm up inside with a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate.
Special Events: Our Special Events team plan special events throughout the year, depending on season and holidays. Check back soon to see what great activities we have planned!
How To Find Us
If you are travelling from...
Travelling from Sydney:
Follow the signs from Sydney to Route 4 St Peters
Continue straight to stay on NS-4 W (signs for St Peters / Port Hawkesbury)
Turn right onto Eskasoni Road NS-216 E and follow that road until you reach the community of Eskasoni.
Eskasoni Cultural Journeys can be found as soon as you enter the community on the left. Look for the goat signs!
Travelling from Port Hawkesbury via Route 4:
As you cross the Canso Causeway, keep right and travel through the Town of Port Hawkesbury, following the signs to Route 4 St. Peters
Head northeast on NS-4, travelling through the communities of St. Peters and Potlotek, following the signs to Sydney
In East Bay, turn left onto Eskasoni Road NS-216 E and follow that road until you enter the community of Eskasoni.
Eskasoni Cultural Journeys can be found as soon as you enter the community on the left. Look for the Goat signs!
Travelling from Port Hawkesbury via Route 105:
As you cross the Canso Causeway, keep left and follow the signs to Highway 105 and Baddeck
Follow the Trans-Canada Highway 105 from Port Hastings to Exit 6 at Route 223 (Portage Road)
Turn right onto NS-223 E (signs for Iona/Grand Narrows/North Sydney)
Turn right onto Castle Bay Road NS-216 W (signs for Eskasoni / East Bay)
Eskasoni Cultural Journeys can be found at the far end of the community on the right. Look for the goat signs!
For more information or to book your tour:
Eskasoni Cultural Journeys
1 Goat Island Trail
Eskasoni, Nova Scotia
Open Monday to Friday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Evenings and Weekends by Appointment
May through October