The Artisan Trail
Art and craft tend to mirror the heritage, lifestyle, and geography of the region in which the artists live and work. Nowhere is this more evident than on Cape Breton, with its stunning landscapes, rich history, and proud traditions that have fostered a dynamic creativity among its craftspeople. Explore the art and craft of the island and be inspired by some of Nova Scotia’s finest talent. See the Cabot Reservation Team for a map of the many unique stops and shops along The Artisan Trail.
Providing everything from the nails needed to build a house to the forks used to dine, blacksmiths once played an incredibly important role in community life in Cape Breton. At FireHouse Ironworks in the neighbouring village of Whycocomagh, you can apprentice with local blacksmith Grant Haverstock and experience what it was like to work in a traditional blacksmith shop.
Galloping Cows Fine Foods started out small, from their home kitchen nestled in the seaside town of Port Hood, just south of Inverness. Transformed from a small country market to a darling of fine-food retailers across the country, Galloping Cows offers a delightful array of pepper jellies, fruit sauces, and preserves. Taste the difference a little adventure makes!
Larch Wood Cutting Boards
Located on the banks of the Margaree River, Larch Wood specializes in “end grain” cutting boards. The company’s local craftspeople work exclusively with the native Eastern Canadian Larch Tree, which grows in the area in abundance and is noted for its strength and ability to neutralize bacteria. Each individual board is carefully hand-matched to create unique, functional art.
MacLeod of Cape Breton Distinctive Jewellery
In the nearby town of Port Hood, MacLeod of Cape Breton Distinctive Jewellery creates sterling silver, gold, and gemstone pieces inspired by the beauty of the island. Beautifully textured leaves, seashells, and beach sand patterns figure prominently, in addition to Celtic designs and one-of-a-kind treasures. Custom-made jewellery is also available upon request.
Mi-Carême Interpretive Centre
Located on picturesque Grand Étang Harbour, the Mi-Carême Interpretive Centre promotes the rich tradition of the mid-lent Mi-Carême fête that has been celebrated in the local Acadian area for centuries. It features stunning displays, interactive exhibits, and an array of monthly events.
Doug Fraser Art Gallery
Located on the hills between Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs you will find renowned oil on canvas artist, Doug Fraser, working at his easel or in his sculptural garden. Born and raised in Inverness, Doug is known for his deep connection to this place, the culture, the landscape and seascape, and its light. Drop by for a conversation through art and a stroll through the sculptural garden. You may find yourself leaving with a little bit of authentic Cape Breton, either in the form of a painting, or simply an experience. Transportation to and from the gallery can be arranged through Doug himself.
Travel time: 8 minutes.
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