English, Irish & Scottish Culture

Experience Traditions Both Old and New

The music, dance and customs of our province are infused with the English, Irish and Scottish heritage that’s an integral part of our lives.

English Planters and Loyalists made up a healthy part of British immigration to the Maritimes, and many of their descendents have made southern New Brunswick their home. Our British roots are on display at the Historic Garrison District in Fredericton, where the red tunic of the British regiment can be witnessed during Changing of the Guard ceremonies. You can even be a soldier for a day!

The Irish Canadian Cultural Association of New Brunswick says thousands of Irish emigrants travelled the Atlantic in the 19th century and made New Brunswick home. You can learn about our Irish history at Middle Island Irish Historical Park and experience their contribution to the province during Canada’s Irish Festival on the Miramichi, featuring Irish music, dance and cultural workshops.

Meanwhile, our Scottish heritage shows itself everywhere from the Highland Games in Fredericton to the aptly named village of Balmoral, which was named after the Royal Family’s Scottish castle. How deep do those Scottish roots really go? According to the New Brunswick Scottish Cultural Association, about one in six New Brunswickers claim direct Scottish ancestry.

Carleton Martello Tower in Saint John

Come to Saint John and see the historic Carleton Martello Tower that once helped to defend the city.