22,107 maple trees to be planted
on Cape Breton Island

In commemoration of Canada 150 celebrations in 2017—and in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia: Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage through the Forward 150 Fund—Celtic Colours International Festival developed The Maple Project. Through The Maple Project, there will be one maple tree planted on Cape Breton Island for every Celtic Colours concert ticket purchased in 2017. Working with the Strathlorne Nursery in Inverness, the Department of Natural Resources, and community partners across the Island, the Festival will be making 22,107 maple tree saplings available to be planted, helping to ensure that the beauty of our fall foliage will continue for generations to come. The first phase of this project saw thousands of saplings delivered to across the Island to groups and individuals and we are excited to open another round of applications.

These sugar maple trees, which are extremely hardy and grow very well in our climate, will be sowed in the winter and spring of 2019 at the Strathlorne Nursery, with saplings being ready to be distributed in early summer.

Want to be involved?

We encourage non-profit organizations, community groups, educational facilities, and individuals to support this effort in planting trees across the Island. If you or your group would like to participate, please complete the following application form.

  1. The intended location
  2. The number of people you expect will be involved in the planting, and
  3. The number of trees you were hoping to receive.

* Please note there may be limitations on the number of saplings we can provide for each request:

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