Places of Interest

Gampo Abbey: Tibetan Shambhala Buddhist Monastery located in Nova Scotia

Gampo Abby near Pleasant Bay January 5, 2012

Gampo Abbey is the only Tibetan Buddhist monastery for Westerners. Founded in 1984 by renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, it is located near Pleasant Bay on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Approximately 30 monastics, both men and women, live in community and practice traditional monastic discipline under the guidance of the Abbot, Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche and principal teacher Acharya Pema Chodron.
Life at the Abbey for the monastics is inspired by the view and practice intended to wake oneself up fully, to help others to also wake up, and to create an enlightened society.
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Cape Breton Events: Reasons to Wander

March 2, 2011
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Cape Breton’s events calendar is packed full of rich, cultural adventures and festivities throughout the next few months. I’ve profiled the Island’s lengthy line-up, including some of the most popular annuals. Take a peek below:

Ongoing, Mabou Family Square Dances
Gitty up, and ho down! Every Friday night, The West Mabou Sports Club offers family square dancing from 10pm-1am.
Mar 11-13, Cabot Shores: March Madness
Celebrate the season with our inclusive outdoors adventure weekend. $125 gets you one night’s stay, 2 meals from the bistro, bonfire and festivities, and an escape from the every day! (We welcome you [...]

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Louisbourg on Cape Breton (A Fortress & More)

February 1, 2011
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Louisbourg is a rich contributor to the culture and appeal of Cape Breton Island. A coastal community of just over a thousand residents, Louisbourg provides “Old World” emphasis, primarily through the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the village’s driving economic force.
The site is a partial reconstruction of an 18th century French Fortress, which began construction in 1798, and became the French’s main commercial centre in the Maritimes, and a place of community. The fortress was subjected to multiple takeovers by the British, who dominated much of the maritime territory at the time. In the 1960s, the fortress was appropriated [...]

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Gaelic College, A Centre for Celtic Music & More Along the Cabot Trail

January 10, 2011
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Welcome to the Gaelic College Is the kilted  man  playing bagpipes and standing in a parking lot simply  a lure for tourists into the Gaelic College of Arts and Crafts?   Possibly, but what better way to demonstrate the sight and sounds of a living culture than to enter into the gateway of this historic […]

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