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Àros na Mara 5th World Oceans Day Festival 

  • Iona Port 2579 Saint Columba Road Iona, NS, B2C 1A8 Canada (map)

We are celebrating our 5th  World Oceans Day Festival from  June 6-9th, 2019 this year. 

We are teaming up once again with Cape Breton University for the 5th annual edutainment event.   It is an ocean-themed festival where people can enjoy scientific and interactive displays, children’s games, and historical demonstrations.  Festival goers can sample an abundance of locally crafted specialties while hearing some of Cape Breton’s finest talent – an event not to be missed. 

 The purpose of this informative and celebratory event is to heighten public awareness, general acknowledgement and appreciation about the fundamental value that the Bras d'Or Lake possesses for all Nova Scotian’s.  As World Oceans Day is being celebrated on June 8th, we consider this a special occasion for Cape Breton Island's own participation in this world-wide event.

The festival has been chosen by Destination Cape Breton as one of the “19 in 19” to attend in 2019!  It will be a great week to be in Cape Breton. 

Thursday, June 6
– Frolic’n Folk Pub – Bras d’Or Trivia – 8 pm

Friday, June 7
– Branch #124, Iona Legion – 6 – 7pm, Haddock Supper
Entertainment – 7 – 9pm for under 19 – After 9pm – 19 years and over only.

Saturday, June 8
– 10am – Iona Port Beach Clean Up and Hike
– 10am – 4pm – Biadh is Baile | Highland Fare Day, Highland Village
– 11am – 1pm – Iona Port Market
– 5 – 8pm – Cèilidh at Frolic’n Folk Pub
– 8 – 12pm – Dance, Iona Legion – Music by  Full Circle (19 years & over)

Sunday, June 9
– 9 – 11:30am – World Oceans Day Think Tank Breakfast
Theme: Cape Breton Weather Monitoring Network
Ferrymen’s Hall, Grand Narrows Waterfront
Reserved seating -$15.00 per person – order tickets by June 7th.
For tickets – email Randy at:

12 – 4pm Àros na Mara World Oceans Day – Iona Port

12pm Official Opening of World Oceans Day – Iona Port
Rankin School of the Narrows School Choir
Blessing and Remarks – Elder Albert Marshall
Opening Remarks – Dr. Bruce Hatcher

* There will be exhibit booths, touch tank, interactive displays, entertainment  and a barbecue throughout the day at the Port.

2:30 – 4pm – St. Columba Church Centre
Speaker Panel: Together We Can Protect and Restore Our Oceans
Opening Remarks & MC: Dr. Theresa MacNeil
Speaker – Jonathan Buffett – Cape Breton Weather Mesonet
Speaker – Lori Kennedy – Louisbourg Seafoods
Keynote Speaker – President David Dingwall – Cape Breton University

*There will be chowder, displays and children’s activities thourghout the day at the St. Columba Church Centre.

4pm – Closing Remarks – Vince MacLean

2 – 4pm  Calum Cille | St. Columba Day– Highland Village

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