Youth session: 5-18 years
Family session: children and parents (youth students must be accompanied by parents. Adults without family may attend as day students)
Adult session: 18 years and up
Gaelic weekends: 5 years and up
Youth session: 5-18 years
You can register online by clicking the link to the left or by calling (902) 295-3411
Please note that a $40 non-refundable deposit is due upon registering.
It is necessary to register in advance to ensure your accommodations, meals and class schedule are prepared.
We prefer if you pay in advance by phoning Jennifer at (902) 295-3411 ext. 224. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit and cheques.
Various groups and individuals that support the aims and objectives of the Gaelic College have established bursaries to assist students. Only registered students qualify to apply. A list of available bursaries can be viewed by clicking the Bursaries link to the left.
The Gaelic College is located at 51779 Cabot Trail (Exit 11 off Highway 105). Check out our location page for more.
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the Gaelic College. The nearest airports are: Sydney (JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport – YQY) and Halifax (Stanfield International Airport – YHZ).
A list of local shuttle and taxi companies that travel between the airports and the Gaelic College can be downloaded by clicking here.
Check-in for live-in students takes place Sunday evening between 4pm-8pm. At this time you will receive your information package, room key, and pay any remaining balance. If you plan to arrive outside those hours please notify us and we will leave your welcome package on a table outside the school office in MacKenzie Hall. Day-students can check in on Sunday evening as well or arrive on Monday morning by 8:15am.
You can park near the residences to unload your belongings from your vehicle. Long-term parking is available in the parking lot below the Great Hall of the Clans or the gravel parking lot to the left of the Admin Building/Craft Shop.
Please have your belongings packed and stored in your closet or in a corner of your room by 1pm on Friday so that the cleaning staff can begin cleaning the rooms. When you are departing the College please leave your key on a table in your room.
Towels are provided in your room. You will need to bring your own toiletries.
It would be beneficial to bring pens/pencils and a binder or folder to put your notes and sheet music in.
Summer weather in Cape Breton ranges from cool and rainy to hot and sunny with high humidity so it’s best to bring clothes for a range of weather. We are located close to a beach so if interested, feel free to bring swim gear.
Students are required to bring their own instruments (fiddle, guitar, bagpipes). The Gaelic College has a limited number of chanters, harps and bodhrans available for students taking classes in those disciplines. Keyboards are provided for the Cape Breton Piano Accompaniment classes. We ask that students’ instruments be tuned and in working order before class.
On-campus accommodations are available for all sessions. Accommodation charges cover from the Sunday night preceding the start of the session to Friday at 1:00 pm. All youth students will stay in dormitory-style accommodations. Dorm-style accommodations are also available during the adult sessions, however, single or double rooms will also be available. Most rooms have an ensuite bathroom. (toilet, sink, shower)
Yes, additional nights can be available at an extra charge. Please contact the Gaelic College to make arrangements for this.
Yes, weekend stayovers can be available at an extra charge. Please contact the Gaelic College to make arrangements for this. Please note that the cafeteria does not operate from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
No, the Gaelic College is not licensed nor insured as a campground.
Yes, each building has a Wi-Fi network. You will receive the password upon arrival.
Wi-Fi is only to be used by adult students.
Yes, MacLeod House and Highland House each have a coin-operated washer and dryer available for student use. Washer: $2.50, Dryer: $1.00/20 mins.
Yes, each one-week Youth Session will require House Parents. If you would like to apply for the role of a House Parent, click the link to the left to find out more.
A list of accommodations (Resorts, Motels, Inns, B&Bs, Cottages & Campgrounds) in the Baddeck area is available here: http://www.visitbaddeck.com/accommodations.html
Meals for all sessions are provided in our own dining facilities and prepared by our culinary staff. Live-in students receive 3 meals per day: breakfast (7:30am – 8:30am), lunch (noon – 1pm), supper (5pm – 6pm) as well as night snack (8pm). Cafeteria service begins on Sunday evening and ends with lunch on Friday. Day students are provided with lunch only.
Yes, please indicate on your application if you have any dietary concerns (i.e.: vegetarian, gluten free, allergies) so the kitchen staff is prepared. Vegetarian meals are available at a cost of $30 extra per week for live-in students and $10 for day students. This fee is to accommodate the special preparation, as otherwise, we have one set option per meal.
Yes. MacLeod and Highland House each have a kitchenette attached to the main floor lounge. The kitchenettes contain a mini fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, sink, plates, bowls and cutlery which students are welcome to use, providing they clean up afterwards.
Yes you may update your class schedule anytime online. If you wish to make any changes to your schedule after your session has begun you can meet with the Education Program Coordinator in the School Office in MacKenzie Hall.
Yes, the class schedule that you select is your schedule for each day of the session.
With the exception of intermediate and advanced Gaelic Language classes, you do not need to have any prior knowledge of the Gaelic language.
Audio recording is permitted at the discretion of each individual instructor.
Video recording is not permitted, with the exception of dance classes at the discretion of the instructor.
Because of scheduling challenges with varying levels of ability per class, it is preferred if students only register for the level that best suits their ability. In situations where students are registering for varying levels of the same discipline, we ask that students are patient, fully aware and accepting that some of their class time will not be perfectly suited to their level of ability.
There are 5 classes per day so you can take up to 5 different disciplines or you can choose to take multiple classes of the same discipline supplemented by electives.
Traditionally, shoes with a leather sole and a small heel are worn for step dancing however it is not necessary for students to buy new shoes for step dance classes. Please do not wear tap shoes in class.
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
319 Charlotte St, Sydney
Phone: (902) 539-5030
There is one restaurant within 1km from the College, called the Lobster Galley. The nearest village with a variety of stores and restaurants is Baddeck, 20km south of the College.
Adult students and families are free to leave campus after class. Youth students must stay on-campus at all times unless a parent/guardian has informed a staff member that they will be picking them up.
• Practice, jam with other students, recreation activities, walks, bonfire
• Local musical events are listed here:
• A listing of Things To Do in the Baddeck area is available here: http://www.visitbaddeck.com/thingstodo.html
Yes, recreation activities during each session typically include: a walk to the beach, scavenger hunt, student variety show, games night, movie night, square dance workshop, bonfire, etc.
Students can showcase their talents at the Student Variety Show, which takes place on Thursday of each session. During the Youth Sessions, various classes perform at the Student Concert, which is held for parents on Friday at 1:30pm.