Margaree is a collection of communities in Inverness County on Cape Breton Island, which is also known as Unama’ki. Unama’ki is one of the seven districts of the Mi’kmaw nation and is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.
Margaree covers a broad geography centred on the Margaree River and includes many small, rural communities. The area takes its name from the river, which originated with the 18th century Acadian settlers who called it the “St. Marguerite.” Many current residents of the Margarees are the descendants of Scottish, Irish, and English settlers who arrived along the Margaree River in the late 18th century. Many people of Acadian heritage also live in Margaree, despite the large numbers who were displaced during the mid 18th century deportations of Acadians.
Residents and visitors alike appreciate Margaree’s natural beauty, vibrant culture, friendly atmosphere, relaxed pace and strong sense of community. Those who enjoy time spent outdoors appreciate the beaches, the fishing, the trails and time spent on the river. The area has many rich cultural traditions, from music and dancing, to local cuisines and crafts. Margaree has become a focal point for the arts and has drawn visual artists, musicians, writers and other craftspeople from around the world. The result is an exciting mix of old and new. In addition to the arts, Margaree is home to vibrant agriculture, forestry, fishing, and tourism sectors.