About the time the Acadians were being kicked out of Nova Scotia, Scottish Highlanders were leaving their country in droves and coming to (you guessed it) Nova Scotia. They particularly liked Cape Breton, with the land and weather very much like their beloved Highlands. Gaelic is alive and well here, home to the only Gaelic College in North America that also houses a museum and offers daily demonstrations of Gaelic culture.
One Scotsman who eventually settled here was Alexander Graham Bell, whose earliest passion was teaching the deaf. His fascination with sound eventually led him to quit his job so he could concentrate exclusively on experiments involving sound. Clearly a visionary, his aptitude for invention was fortified with unbridled imagination that led to a spectrum of patents.
The local Parish Hall in Baddeck hosts Cape Breton musicians every night during good weather, and last night we were lucky enough to get the last two seats. We tried to go back again tonight, but it was sold out. Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is Gaelic for gathering.