The Cabot Trail Is the Most Splendid Drive (Guest Blogger)

People have an insatiable wanderlust to travel to different parts of the world, often wanting to visit the places which are not only far away but are also serene and majestic. One such location is the Cabot Trail which is located in the scenic province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The highway transverses through a picturesque …

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Gampo Abbey Turns 30

Thirty years ago, in March of 1984, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche founded Gampo Abbey, a place where Westerners can practice Shambhala Buddhism in a monastic setting. And it’s going strong still. On a blustery morning, after an overnight snowfall, we set out on the long drive to the other side of Cape Breton Island to join …

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Tour the Sacred Shambhala Sites on Cape Breton Island

  Have you always wanted to visit Gampo Abbey  or Kalapa Valley but don’t know how to get there and/or need a guide? This tour may be of particular interest to people doing Shambhala retreats at Dorje Denmaling near Tatamagouche or visiting Halifax. Cabot Shores is the ideal place to begin a tour of  Kalapa …

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Step Dancing and Celtic Fiddling in Flip Flops on Cape Breton with Brenda Stubbert & Cheye

Fiddler Cheye From Colorado Joins The Ceilidh at St. Ann’s
Do you admire those people who bar no limits to life’s journeys and expectations?  We often go to Ceilidhs (concerts/dancing) at the St. Ann’s United Church…and we meet musicians there who have that daring and one of them was a 16 year old named Cheye.
 
Imagine this  16 year old from Colorado showing up at a traditional Nova Scotia concert and dance gathering (called a ceilidh in Gaelic), going up on stage and taking charge of the fiddle with a world class fiddler- a Celtic Music icon who is pushing 6 foot […]

The Vikings: First Europeans on Cape Breton?

At Cabot Shores, we consider ourselves and other visitors as  “guests” on Cape Breton–with exception of the native Mi’kmaq who, by accounts, were here first.
Talk to Mi’kmaq elders like Albert or Merdena Marshall or our friend John Henry Lafford and you’ll hear that the Mi’kmaq have been here some 10,000 years, way before the Italian–Giovanni Caboto came sailing under the English Flag in the 15th century.  Whether Cabot landed on northern Cape Breton (near what’s called “Cabot’sLanding”, or
Newfoundland/Labrador is not certain.  But we certainly go on the assumption that he was here, and so the Cabot Trail and evenCabot Shores […]

Jimmy Rankin, Angelo Spinazzola & other Cape Breton Nominees Could Win East Coast Music Awards

Is musical talent in the Cape Breton Island Water?  Families from here like the Rankins, MacMasters, the the Barra MacNeils, the Boudreaux…to name a few…
You’d also  think so, from looking at the nominees for the East Coast Music Awards…including our local friend Angelo Spinazzola (nominated for 2 awards),  Carmen Townsend who played at Cabot Shores at  in 2005 for 2 awards; Cheryl Smith;  Jimmy Rankin of Mabou  for 8; Morgan Currie of the Mercato Group for festival software; ` Keith Mullins of Sydney for 3; ;  bluesman Matt Anderson for 5;
Ones we are especially pulling for have connections to Cabot […]