Family Christmas traditions are practices and customs that evolve over the years, they adapt with changing family, cultural and historical dynamics, and they adapt as families find themselves in new corners of the world and with new members. These traditions are ones that we have grown up with – Meaghan in Cape Breton and Peggy in Alberta. We also believe that these are Christmas traditions at the core of many holiday celebrations for families of Irish decent.
The Cabot Trail is considered one of the world’s most scenic drives. It is where the mountains meet the sea and visitors are treated with a spectacular coastal drive across the Cape Breton Highlands. This posts explores Cape Breton’s Scottish roots and shares our favourite stops while driving the Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands.
Although Irish migration began in the 1700’s and has maintained a steady flow throughout the centuries, it was Great Irish Famine of the nineteenth century that triggered one of the greatest population displacements of modern times. Most sought refuge across the Atlantic, landing on North American shores. This is the first of a new series, that we hope will provide a better understanding of the lives of your ancestors and will inform your future heritage travel.
Like us, more and more travellers are focusing their holidays on exploring family history and embarking on what’s called ‘heritage travel’. It is all about combining the challenges, excitement and fun of a vacation with a history lesson. As you may be expecting planning your own heritage vacation takes a little bit of research to get the most out of your travels. Here are our tips to get started!
The Wandering Gaels Project is the journey of two friends to explore their Celtic ancestry. Through travel, research and a little bit of fun – the girls welcome you along on their journey off-the-beaten-track to learn more about the places from where their families hail, and how the history, culture and tradition of these regions have shaped our communities today.