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Authentic Nova Scotia Music at the Cabot Trail Acoustic Festival

To say that music is woven into Cape Breton’s cultural heritage is somewhat of an understatement. For centuries, the isle’s inhabitants have shared songs about everything from their homeland to everyday life. In modern times, one of the best ways to celebrate these longstanding traditions is to come together for singing and dancing at Cabot Shores for the Cabot Trail Acoustic Festival on March 18th. 

The afternoon is full of open mic performances, songwriter circles, and good old-fashioned Cape Breton Jamming, with a three-course dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. and more live music with a concert evening starting at 7:30 p.m.

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In addition to providing a wilderness retreat space for those with an adventurous spirit, Cabot Shores is no stranger to live music. We never shy away from facilitating unforgettable experiences, from weekend dinner concert series to annual events. Given what we know about the local history, it’s not surprising that attending concerts is among the most popular things to do on Cape Breton Island.

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Cabot Shores is an intriguing getaway destination because of the combination of activities, no matter the time of the year. You can spend your morning cycling along the countryside, return to the resort for an organic gourmet meal, listen to some live music, and end your day with a soak in a hot tub or a refreshing sauna session. And the best part is, you’ll have a comfortable place to stay after a night of fun!

What to Expect at The Cabot Trail Acoustic Festival

Musicians on hand include jazz artists Janet Bickerton on vocals and guitar, Shelley Allen on vocals and guitar and percussion, and acclaimed pianist  Marcel Aucoin. More on Janet and Shelley at this link. Joining in the fun also is the talented John Aylward, who will sing while playing his handcrafted bass. So it will be a mix of jazz, Celtic, and Irish music—after all, it’s the weekend after St. Paddy’s Day—and Aylward is an ace at playing Irish music!

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Whether you adore playing instruments, singing, or simply like to relax and listen, you’ll feel at home at Cabot Shores. And with a new generation of talented artists rejuvenating the local scene with acoustic roots, Celtic, and folk music, we invite you to be a part of it all! 

The Cabot Trail Acoustic Festival is a popular attraction, so it’s not a bad idea to book your stay sooner than later! Musicians, bring your favorite instrument and a song to your heart, or if you just want to hum along, that’s fine too! Either way, Cabot Shores has a place for you with easy access to everything you need for the ultimate wilderness experience. Contact us today to find out more!



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Based on 290 reviews
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
October 17, 2023.
My boyfriend and I came here on a whim for lunch while in the area. What a pleasant surprise! Loved the unique atmosphere and amazing, friendly people. Could have very well have been the best salmon I have ever eaten. Everything was cooked to perfection. Fresh and tasty. Hats off to the chef. We also had the mussels... huge portion and delicious. We took a walk about the property, one of a kind cabins/domes to stay in.. most of which, if not all had their own hot tub. Even a sauna by the water. We would definitely highly recommend eating here at the bistro even if you are not staying over night. Everyone is lovely.. they even offered to email us the salmon recipe because we loved it so much. My only suggestion to owners would be to get better signage on the roadway, so visitors can find you easier. We passed the place twice before actually finding it. I think if there were two more signs a little up the rd on either side, more people may be able to come visit this hidden little gem. Thanks so much for a great lunch and top-notch service.
Jasmine Rahmel
Jasmine Rahmel
October 17, 2023.
Loved the location and the amenities. What a unique resort. The upgrade to the chalet was wonderful. Above and beyond.
Malcolm
Malcolm
October 16, 2023.
Stayed at Cabot shores from October 7th-13th was an unforgettable experience. Stayed in a yurt and very spacious and comfortable. The location along the sea was gorgeous and could hop over to the beach whenever. Kayaked two of those days and could see beaver domes while doing so. Would highly try the food as well very accommodating to all dietary requirements. Recommend the chickpea massala very nice meal! Friendly staff and good accommodation. 5/5
Vishnu Vardhana
Vishnu Vardhana
October 15, 2023.
Amazing experience in the yurt and dome. Friendly staff and beautiful views!
Trevor B
Trevor B
September 13, 2023.
Stopped for lunch and ordered the spaghetti bolognese. Very hearty and lots of meat. A nice satisfying meal. One surprise was to see a mandatory 10% gratuity when paying the bill. Who does this for a party of less than 5?

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Based on 51 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
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Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
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Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
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Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
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This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
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Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
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Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
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We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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