On a star-swept evening, the Boardwalk echoes the lively cadence of French Acadian music, toe-tapping Scottish fare and impromptu dancers. Overlooking Cheticamp Harbour, which Nature and Whale-watching tours call their home berth, the Boardwalk has entertained thousands of fun-seeking visitors.
Le Festival de l'Escaouette, the annual Acadian-styled celebration has been one of Cheticamp's main summer attractions for more than 20 years. It features folkloric and contemporary French music, fiddle jigs and reels, local arts and crafts, and abundant French Acadian cuisine. Cheticamp boasts some of the finest dining on Cape Breton Island. Great hospitality as well as fresh succulent seafood are at their best!
A renewed interest in large tapestries recently has produced a magnificent 10'6" X 15' hooked rug destined for Rideau Hall. The design was inspired by the former Chief Curator of History - N.S. Museum, Marie Elwood, who had a fondness for Cheticamp hooked rugs; the final design was a product of her collaboration with Marian Jameson of the Canadiana Fund, Tim Dickinson, with the Vascular Plant Herbarium of the Royal Ontario Museum who provided technical support, and local artists, Marie Claire Doucet, Gerard Deveau and his son, Gilles. Gilles drafted various proofs to arrive at the design which met with the approval of the Canadiana Fund, a non-profit foundation tasked with the decor of the Official Residences. This tapestry has a central floral cluster made up of the wildflowers of the ten Provinces and two Territories adorned with a leafy scroll border on a natural wool background.
"The Four Evangelists", a 4' X 6' tapestry made by Cheticamp artist, Yvette Muise, was unveiled on St. Patrick's Day, 1998 at Saint Mary's University. This tapestry incorporates the mysterious symbols from the Book of Kells -the Lion, the Eagle, the Ox and the Winged Man.
The creative genius of local artists who have endured a legacy of craftsmanship par excellence is reflected in Elizabeth LeFort's oeuvres d'art. She is known and deserving of her recognition as Canada's Artist in Wool, acquiring her prominence in this artistic form with her work being exhibited in Buckingham Palace, The Vatican, The White House, Clarence House and numerous private collections.
Truly, Cheticamp combines all the amenities visitors expect and appreciate. So, enjoy the natural beauty of this Acadian seacoast on The Cabot Trail, the serenity of St-Peter's Church, the friendly smiling faces of this French-Acadian community and the ambience of what is .... Cheticamp.