9. World’s Largest Fiddle
Many Canadians enjoy music, but Nova Scotia folk go to extremes when it comes to their favourite ear candy. On the forecourt of the Sydney Marine Terminal overlooking the harbour stands the world’s largest fiddle. Traditional Celtic fiddle music is in the blood of Cape Bretoners. During the 18th century, thousands of Scottish immigrants escaped the turmoil of the Highland Clearances and traveled to Nova Scotia for a more peaceful existence. Packed for the journey – their love of traditional fiddle music. Today, Nova Scotia’s Celtic musical roots are deeply entrenched in its culture and as a result, music is one of the province’s biggest exports. Nova Scotia musicians Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster and the Rankin Family have taken their brand of Celtic music around the globe to international acclaim.