Àros na Mara


Àros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival
part of
Destination Cape Breton’s ’18 in 18’Signature Events!


Chosen as one of Destination Cape Breton’s ‘18 in 18’  Events with Heart, the 4th annual Àros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival will be held on the Barra Strait June 7 to 10, 2018.

The Barra Strait, overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, will come alive with festivities acknowledging World Oceans Day, a United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. Àros na Mara (Gaelic for House of the Sea) is a flourishing concept to develop a Marine Science Centre at the Barra Strait, for the purposes of research, education, and ecotourism and is teaming up once again with Cape Breton University for their fourth annual edutainment event. Come and explore our signature event, promoting ocean-themed networking and socializing, where you will find yourself surrounded by historical demonstrations, performance, music and fine dining at many different venues throughout our celebratory weekend!

8:00pm – Frolic n’ Folk Pub – Bras d’Or Lake Trivia

6:00-7:00pm – Iona Legion, Haddock Supper  & Entertainment 7-10pm

10:00am – Iona Beach Clean-Up & Hike
11:00-1:00pm – Farmers Market
5:00-8:00pm – Céilidh at the Frolic n’ Folk Pub with Rachel Davis
8:00pm-12:00am – Dance at the Iona Legion with Full Circle

 Sunday – World Oceans Day Celebrations
12:00pm – Opening Ceremonies at Iona Port
Rankin School of the Narrows School Choir, Elder Albert Marshall and Dr. Bruce Hatcher.

12:00-4:00pm – Join us scientific and interactive displays, touch tank, children’s games, and
informative marine oriented demonstrations. Entertainment by Susan
MacLean, Helen MacDonald, Stephanie MacDonald and Paul Wukitsch.

3:00-4:00pm – Discussion & Speaker Presentations
St. Columba Church Centre – Eco-tourism and the Bras d’Or Lake will be the
topic for discussion at our panel. This year’s discussion panel theme is: Beauty, Science, and Eco-tourism at the Barra Strait.

Àros na Mara – World Oceans Day Festival – June 7-10th, 2018