Friday, 1 June 2018

The Clairestone Inn (formerly LaAuberge Acadienne Inn) on the Beautiful Island of Isle Madame will open for Business in June.

The Clairestone Inn in Arichat, Richmond County, Cape Breton
New chapter begins for La Auberge Acadienne Inn in Arichat. The Inn came under new ownership in February when Shauna Landry former resident of Arichat moved her family back home to take over this lovely Acadian Inn. The 17 unit Inn which has gone under massive renovations, will now be known as the Clairestone Inn.

Owner Shauna Landry who is also the founder of City Girl Cakes in Halifax, said the move was prompted by a desire to return home after the death of her mother Claire, after whom the inn has been named. Landry wanted to return to roots, become her own boss. She states that she always had a love for the Inn and had a dream of one day owning it. She felt she could revitalise the Inn and make it an important part of the Acadian Community and an important part of our tourism Industry offering a beautiful location for visitors to the island. The Clairestone Inn will offer a friendly and home like setting for those travelling in Richmond. Landry is in the process of obtaining the liquor licence for the bar, and she plans to open it with a pub-style menu, and she will be offering guests the option of a hot or buffet style breakfast.

 The new owner noted that one demographic she wants to specifically market the Clairestone Inn towards are motorcycle riders. Landry wants to offer visitors a place where they feel relaxed and at home. Landry who enjoys riding her motorcycle plans on doing some marketing directly towards motorcycle riders. They are a great group of people and I think there’s a lot of potential in tourism through motorcycle riders.”

The Inn is located on a French Island so it is an advantage because we’re bilingual, which she hopes will draw a the high number of visitors from Quebec who frequent the area, as well as visitors from across Canada and the US and Europe. Apart from a unique culture, another advantage of the area lies in its natural beauty, which Landry added she now appreciates much more at this stage of her life.

Isle Madame is an amazing place for kayaking, bicycling, motorcycle riding, getting away from the chaos of everyday life, t’s so quiet, and the people are friendly.  There are places to eat and during the summer there is lots to do, music, and festivals to enjoy.

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Seaside Lobsterfest Returns To St. Peter's with Everything Lobster From July 10th to July 15th-See you There!

Seaside Lobsterfest
July 11 to July 15

Seaside Lobsterfest Schedule 2018! Want to win an overnight stay at the Bras D'or Lakes Inn, 2 Tickets. to our Old Friends Reunion Concert, and a Gift Certificate for Supper at the Inn? First, like Seaside Lobsterfest's facebook page then like and share this post for your chance to win.

Bandemonium Is Coming to St. Peter's June 2nd, Get Your Tickets Now for One of The Best Concerts of the Tourism Season.

What’s BANDEMONIUM? We know you can play an instrument. Yes, you can sing. You’ve got the moves. But are you entertaining? Can you perform? Captivate and hold an audience? Command the stage? Look and sound professional?

For young musicians age 12 - 18 (exceptions may be granted)

If you play an instrument, sing, dance, and want to improve your stage presence and performance skills: BANDEMONIUM will be a great experience for you.

Come along. Join a band, choose a tune, practice and hone it to perfection.

Learn important stage and performance skills from our faculty, some of the most sought-after professional artists in the country.

Perform at our Saturday night All-Star Concert - starring your band AND our amazing faculty.


Where is it? It’s at EREC in St Peter’s on Saturday, 2nd June, 2018. Registration and welcome at 9am.

How much is
Well, thanks to our many amazing sponsors, the registration fee for BANDEMONIUM is only $30! That includes the entire band camp, lunch, supper, plus a ticket to the

Oh, and a special, limited-edition t-shirt!

How do I apply? Quickly! Today! There's an application form below that you can fill in to sign up – closing date for applications is Friday, 25th May 2018. We have only 30 places available for participants and they are filling up quickly, so don't dawdle - act now.

This is a great opportunity for local students to have direct coaching from some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians, teachers and performers, as well as to spend social time in a musical setting with other learners.

For further information please contact us by email at

ited-edition t-shirt!

How do I apply? Quickly! Today! There's an application form below that you can fill in to sign up – closing date for applications is Friday, 25th May 2018. We have only 30 places available for participants and they are filling up quickly, so don't dawdle - act now.

This is a great opportunity for local students to have direct coaching from some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians, teachers and performers, as well as to spend social time in a musical setting with other learners.

For further information please contact us by email at

All-Star concert features new bands and their coaches. Saturday, June 2, 2018. St. Peter's Lions Hall
This concert follows KitchenRackets All-Star tradition, featuring each year's Music Camp faculty, and sometimes introduces new young musicians in performance. This year our BANDEMONIUM ALL-STAR Concert introduces our new young bands of the day in the first half, with their instructors and coaches performing in the second half.

As always, this year's ALL-STAR Concert promises to be a highlight of Cape Breton's music scene this summer.

Tickets are on sale NOW
...and can be purchased:
• in St. Peter's at B&E Convenience and Mac's Celtic Gifts,
• in Port Hawkesbury at Mack Music at the Port Hawkesbury Shopping Centre,
• in D'Escousse at the Groundswell.
•  You can also call for tickets at 902-345-2996 or email us at

Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show kicks off at 7:30 PM at the St. Peter's Lions Hall.

Watch for news on this website or Like us on FaceBook to keep posted on updates (use FB LIKE PAGE link at bottom left of screen).

BANDEMONIUM Instructors/Performers

In the second half of the concert, BANDEMONIUM coaches Allie Bennett, Brian Doyle, Colin Grant, Scott Macmillan, Keith Mullins, and Kelli Trottier appear on-stage with featured guest artists Rachel Davis & Darren McMullen. The evening's festivities will be hosted by Cindy Day, Official Meteorologist for the Cape Breton Post.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Trina Samson Dance School Perform for the Lieutenant Governor Arthur Joseph LeBlanc and Mrs. LeBlanc at LaPicasse

Trina Samson and the Island Steppers and the Lieutenant Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc and Mrs LeBlanc

Congratulations to Trina Samson on another amazing performance by her Island Steppers at La Picasse this evening. What a great honor for the girls to have been asked to dance for the Lieutenant Governor, Arthur Joseph LeBlanc and Mrs. LeBlanc. They are amazing ambassadors of our Cape Breton Culture through their dancing.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Play and Stay Cafe The Only Indoor Playground in Richmond County, N.S, Come Check It Out!!!!

If you are looking for a perfect place to have a play date for your child, birthday party or to celebrate a family gathering, look no further than the Play and Stay Café in the Louisdale Industrial Park. I attended my grandson’s birthday party there on Sunday and the little ones had a blast. If your kids enjoy bouncing, climbing, rolling in a ball pit and just having an all round great time this is the place for them. The site is amazing, clean, well maintained, lots of parking, with lots of space for the kids to play inside.

Expecting visitors this summer who have small children, and you are wondering what to do with them if the weather is wet, the Play and Stay Café would be an ideal location for an indoor activity. Just give the staff of the Play and Stay Cafe 24 hours notice and parents and kids can enjoy the space. Below you will find out some information about this family friendly facility, a supper addition to the Richmond County area.

Located at 12 Industrial Park Road in Louisdale the Stay and Play Café, Richmond County's only indoor playground, was launched on August 1, 2016 and offers a fun, safe environment for children to play and socialize with peers in a climate controlled, indoor playground that offers a safe, secure environment for children and their caregivers to play, connect, and discover together. The facility boasts a 1250 square foot play space with sections for infants/toddlers and older children up to age 10. There is also a small lounge area for parents where they can enjoy a coffee or tea and free Wi-Fi.

The Stay and Play Café is now open only by appointments  for play dates and private rentals including events such as birthday parties, Private play dates and family gatherings and movie nights etc., for children aged 1year to 12 years in age.

The Café is currently operating Play Dates and Rentals by appointment only. To book a date for your play date and have your child join in the fun, it is easy. Give management at least 24 hours notice and tell them the day and time you'd like to come.  They will create a Facebook event for the Play Date so you can join and if you'd like, invite some friends. They will post the event as being open to the public. They do not need a minimum number of children to start a Play Date, you can start with just one child, because it is a public event that people can respond to, there is a better chance your child will have a bunch of friends to play which is always more fun to play. For a 3 hour Play Date the cost is $10 per child, plus taxes.  They offer a family discount for siblings which is $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child, plus taxes. Message them on their Facebook or call to book a Play Date now! Operating hours are subject to change without notice, depending on bookings for rentals, special events, etc. For information on how to initiate a play group or for information on prices, availability and rules for rentals for private play dates, birthday parties, family gatherings, play groups sessions, movie nights, gaming night, or for a laser tag event go to their website or email them at or Call Tyler Shea Owner/Operator of the Stay and Play Café at (902) 345-2624.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The St. Peter's Community Club is Proud to Present the Theatre Production "The Wake" featuring the Nicolas Denys Museum Players on February 17th, at 6:30pm.

Looking to chase away the February blues, look no further take  in The new production "The Wake" from the Nicolas Denys Museum Players. They talented actors are sure to lift your spirits with their hilarious new show. The 1st. show on February 10th, is already sold out. But do to the public demand a second show will take place on February 17th. Tickets are now on sale.
The St. Peter's Community Club is proud to present the Theatre production "The Wake" with the Nicolas Denys Museum players. Some tickets for the second show with yummy munchies and awesome entertainment at the St. Peter's Lions Hall starting at 6:30pm are still available. Tickets can be purchased at C & M Video St. Peters — with Michele Bernice Stone, Clair Rankin, Gloria MacDonnell, AL Calder and Shannon Stone. For a fun filled evening of entertainment make sure to get your tickets, before they are all gone.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

New Outdoor Adventure Tour Comes To Richmond County, Oban Wilderness Dog Sledding is Up and Running.

It is great when we hear about a new adventure tour opening up in the area, especially one offering us the opportunity to get out and enjoy our beautiful winter setting. I am so excited to be able to share the news about Richmond County’s newest outdoor adventure tour, “Oban Wilderness Dog Sledding”.

 I am hearing more and more from people who have taken the tour and how much fun it was and what an incredible experience, being one with nature. We have all seen dog sledding on TV and in advertisements from up North, but now we to can enjoy this experience right here in Richmond County. It is no longer necessary to travel to the Yukon or up north to enjoy an amazing Wilderness Trail Ride, just give Oban Wilderness Dog Sledding a phone call and you can be on your way to an amazing winter adventure. Don't just  wish to be part of such an amazing experience, but become part of the experience, put yourself in the picture you have imagined all these years, sitting back, all bundled up on a sled, being pulled by a team of amazing sled dogs, zipping along the trails in Oban. If you are looking for something different in the line of outdoor adventure, wait no longer, call 1-902-824-3286 and book a Dog Sled tour today.

The organizers of the Wilderness Dog Sled Tour posts a schedule of tours times for the week on their facebook page, if you are interested in times and cost, check out their site or give them a call. They offer night time and day time tours, for your enjoyment.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

In Expedia Travel Survey, Cape Breton Island Was Picked As Number One Island Destination In The World To Visit

Cape Breton Island is my home and place of work, and I love it, I was born here, went to school here, got married and brought my family up here and there is no other place in the world I would rather be.  So when I came across this post on my facebook page today, I thought yes, more  accolades for our amazing island. For me it was not a great surprise to see that people are talking about Cape Breton as a destination location, as I hear just that on a daily basis during the tourism season from visitors travelling through the Visitor Information Centre. Visitors love Cape Breton. There is so much to see and do here for people of all ages.
Here is a link to the story from the Halifax Chronicle Herald about the article, written by Jennifer Cueller in a travel blog, where Cape Breton was chosen the No. 1 travel destination of 2018.