Camino Nova Scotia - Cape Breton - July 16-22, 2023

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Camino Nova Scotia - Cape Breton - July 16-22, 2023

Come walk the Gaels' Trail on Cape Breton Island!

By Atlantic School of Theology

When and where

Date and time

Sun, Jul 16, 2023 7:00 PM - Sat, Jul 22, 2023 2:30 PM ADT


To be announced

Refund Policy

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About this event

  • 5 days 19 hours
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Date and Time: Sunday evening July 16 through Saturday afternoon, July 22, 2023

Location: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, Cape Breton Island, NS

Cost: $800 + $100 non-refundable deposit + optional shuttle (price TBA)

Refund Policy: 100% until June 16; 50% between June 17 and June 30; no refund after July 1. Deposit ($100) is nonrefundable.

About this Event:

Come walk Cape Breton Island, between the causeway and picturesque Inverness county. We begin the journey near the south-western tip of the Island, then walk north through communities made famous by landscape, culture, and memory. “The Gael’s Trail” is a 92-km trek through a region where Gaelic culture, language, and history still resonate through community life and identity. Our focus on Gaelic spirituality and culture will build on awareness of the histories and traditions of the Mi’kmaw First Nations of Unamaki, and the Acadians who have lived here since the early 1600s.

Start time: 7:00 pm Sun July 16 (optional shuttle leaves Halifax 3:30 pm)

End time: 11:00 am Sat July 22 (optional shuttle to return to Halifax arriving approx. 2:30 pm)


Our five days of walking will take us through some of the most breathtaking country in Cape Breton, including seacoast, forest, and lakeside walking, and the Mabou highlands. The Celtic Shores trail is a “rail to trail” walking path that first began life as a stagecoach run. Camino Nova Scotia pilgrims benefit from the gentle grades of a former train line, while experiencing, on foot, the beauty, and the culture of Cape Breton’s south-west coast.

We will be walking through a region known for world-famous fiddlers and musicians, alongside wharfs, churches, and distilleries of single-malt, fisheries, coal mines, and beautiful beaches. We plan to overnight in community, church, and school halls in the historic communities of Creignish, Judique (the home of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre), Port Hood, and at Beinn Mhàbu, the Mabou campus of Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College..

As with all Camino NS pilgrimages, our Camino is both local, and guided. The routine usually involves some help with meals (clean up etc), as well as check-ins and a brief daily, optional, time of spiritual reflection especially focussed on Celtic themes. Camino NS staff will be on hand to facilitate the walking, the overnight stays, luggage transportation, and to remind walkers not only of the long history of pilgrimage, but also of the Gaelic, Acadian, and Mi’kmaw heritage of the land we are walking. We may even get to hear some world-famous Cape Breton fiddle music!

Leadership Team: Matthew Anderson, Director of Camino Nova Scotia, and staff TBD

To Register:

Firstreserve your place by signing up here on Eventbrite, with your non-refundable deposit of $100.

SecondCamino Nova Scotia will send a FULL registration packet to you by email. This packet will give you more complete info and help us to learn any concerns you have about diet, sleeping mats, transportation, etc.

ThirdReturn the forms in the registration packet by email. Your Nova Scotian Camino awaits!

Accommodation and Transportation: Accommodation will usually be on mats in sleeping bags, in school, community, or church halls along the route. Participants must provide their own sleeping bag and pillow (which will be transported by vehicle along the route) for the stays in community or church halls. Those not bringing an air mattress or camping mats and wishing one must request it beforehand.

The walk begins and ends in Cape Breton. For those who are not driving directly to the trailhead but require shuttle transport to and from the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, a shuttle can be booked at an additional cost.

Health precautions: Because COVID-19 continues to be a concern, we require participants to be vaccinated against COVID.

To learn more about the trail, go to: and

To learn more about Beinn Mhàbu, the Mabou campus of Colaisde na Gàidhlig, go to:

To learn more about Camino Nova Scotia, go to:

Brought to you by: Camino Nova Scotia

Need more info or have a question? No problem. Simply email Camino Nova Scotia to find out more:

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About the organizer

Leaders come in many forms. Atlantic School of Theology helps lifelong learners, post-graduate students, those seeking church vocations, and many others reach their educational goals. AST balances practical skill development with the pursuit of scholarly wisdom.

AST is located in the heart of the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our peaceful grounds are highly conducive to study. The beautiful waterfront of the Northwest Arm is in our back yard, with the woodland Point Pleasant Park nearby.

We are shaped by a tradition of cooperation and respect, going back over 200 years, to create an open, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

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