Discover amazing Cabot Trail Artisans
Cabot Trail Artisans Road Trip
The beauty of Cape Breton Island’s Cabot Trail attracts many artisans who look for inspiration within their natural surroundings when creating their art. Many of the artisans living around the Cabot Trail operate working studios and invite visitors to stop in to say ‘Hello’ and to watch them create beautiful works of art and one-of-a-kind treasures.
Here’s a list of some of the must-see artisan studios and galleries located along the Cabot Trail to help you get your creative road trip started! Be sure to view the map at the bottom of the page to discover all Cabot Trail artisan studios and galleries.
The Kiltmakers & Weavers at the Gaelic College
Master kiltmakers specializing in custom, hand-sewn kilts and clothing in your choice of tartan, including ties, scarves, skirts and more. Watch as world-renowned weavers craft one-of-a-kind pieces by beautifully blending colours and fibres to create wearable items like shrugs and scarves.Learn more
Iron Art & Photographs Gallery and Workshop
In this eclectic “roadside attraction” owned and operated by Cape Breton artist Gordon Kennedy, you will discover striking photographs, intriguing metal sculptures made on site, as well as fun, practical and artistic items for home, garden and gifts.
Colouratura Art Gallery
This former church-turned-gallery welcomes you with an impressive array of some of the finest art work from Cape Breton artists. Original works of oil, acrylic, watercolours, photography, basketry, jewelry, pottery, and handmade truffles await you and watch as visiting artists paint on-site.
Piper Pewter Inc.
The artisans at Piper Pewter specialize in lead-free pewter jewellery and gifts that showcase Celtic-inspired designs, such as crosses, knot work, flowers, fiddles and more. Each piece is skillfully cast and finished by hand in their on-site workshop.
Leather Works by Jolene
Stop in at Leather Works and learn from Jolene about the art of leather crafting. Leather Works offers hand-sewn leather belts, bags, wallets, dog collars, molded leather flower bags, and much more in the shop.
North Shore Woodsmiths Studios
In the on-site workshop, watch as master craftsman Bob and his team transform the finest hardwoods from the highlands of Cape Breton, such as yellow birch, beech, oak, birdseye maple, and walnut into functional works of art. Their creations reveal the beauty of wood, yet are practical and affordable for everyday use.
Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery
In a gallery of colour and light, Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery features work from over 25 glass artisans, representing a variety of techniques and styles. Come and watch the technique before trying your hand at glass blowing, fusing and enameling.
Wildfire Pottery specializes in nature-inspired raku pottery sculptures, such as clay puffins, owls, seals, and starfish. They also create functional plates featuring lobsters, moose, boats and leaves, as well as jewellery. Live Celtic music is often performed on-site.
Discover one-of-a-kind hats and clothing when you visit Sew Inclined. Hats range from woolen caps and fur bombers to fascinators and Ascot hats. Stop in and try on a hat or two and let Barbara help you find the perfect one.
Salty Rose's Local Art & Craft
Salty Rose’s features fine art and craft by local artisans. Stop in to visit their working silversmith jewellery studio and to experience Salty Rose’s rustic seaside charm. The shop showcases handmade jewelry, unique pottery, textiles, paintings, woodwork and much more!
Arts North, located near the northern tip of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, is an artisan consignment gallery retailing high quality arts and crafts produced exclusively on Cape Breton Island. Promoting the wares of 20+ artisans, you’ll discover beautiful stoneware pottery, silver jewelry, woodwork, quilts and much, much more throughout the gallery.
Proud to be Hookers
Lola has been rug hooking for over 40 years and her passion for the art shows. Drop in to see her and her staff working on the hooking frame while demonstrating the traditional process. They offer a wide selection of locally-hooked rugs, hooking supplies and kits for all ages.
Sunset Art Gallery
Through his one of a kind carvings and paintings, William has established himself as one of the most recognized Acadian folk artists. Come for the art and enjoy the whimsy and wonder of his work and many other artists with a backyard beverage at the only espresso hut in Chéticamp, The Frog Pond Café.
Cape Breton Clay
Lobster, crab, mussels and fish are just a few of the sea creatures appearing upon the pottery of Cape Breton Clay’s whimsical yet elegant platters and bowls. These one-of-kind pieces are hand-painted in order to fully capture the rich detail of the creatures and to bring each piece to life.