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Things to do in Port Hawkesbury

Welcome to the front porch of CAPE BRETON ISLAND

Come in and make yourself at home! We really are the `Gateway to Cape Breton`. Come and discover our beautiful walking trails, lively festivals, exciting outdoor adventures, delicious dining, and so much more.

Take time to explore Port Hawkesbury and discover why our town was named `The best of the best small towns in Canada.

Are you looking for lots of music and live performances?

We’ve got it! Check out our Tuesday night ceilidhs at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre from June to October where you’ll experience an evening of traditional Celtic music performed by our finest local talent.

You will want to plan to be in town on a Sunday so you don’t miss the Granville Green Concerts that run during July and August. These free outdoor concerts start at 7pm and feature prominent up and coming Canadian entertainers, whose energetic sounds ring out in the evening breeze.

We’re also home to a 500 seat performance centre located in the Port Hawkesbury Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre which features live entertainment year round.

Are you looking for some warm hospitality?

Well you don’t have to go far to find that. You’ll be greeted by warm hospitality while you’re enjoying a juicy steak or fresh boiled lobster in one of our many restaurants. You’ll also find friendly faces in our local shops and malls as you look for unique gifts and souvenirs. It’s everywhere!

Are you looking for Internet access?

If you need to check your e-mail or send vacation photos to friends and family stop at the Strait Area Education Recreation Centre where you will find an Internet cap-site. For hours of operation call 902-625-2810. This Centre is also home to a 25 metre, 6 lane pool, a 500-seat theatre, and daycare.

Are you looking for a great meeting spot?

Port Hawkesbury boasts an ice free, deep water port to attract business. In 2004 our state-of-the-art Civic Centre opened its doors. This facility will host meetings of up to 350 people in addition to housing a full health centre and arena - a perfect atmosphere for your next corporate retreat!

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