Lesa McHugh

Deputy Chairs

Olivia Melnick

Brenda Chisholm-Beaton

Danna Ferguson

Committee Members

Andrew Loscher

Murdena MacIntyre

Jeanne Bourgeois

Gerard MacNeil

Clint Fletcher

Bob MacEachern

Melanie Stark

Brian MacDonald

Dee White

Angela Phinney

Denise Chiasson

Michele Tabensky

Krysta MacKinnon

Melissa Warner

Isabelle Hudson

Jo-Ann O'Neill

Festival of the Strait Society


Festival of the Strait is only possible due to the hard work and dedication of many volunteers, who plan and organize and host the many events enjoyed by visitors and residents of the Strait area.

In addition to the amazing volunteers, is the support of our surrounding businesses, organizations, and industries. Their generosity and investment in our community is seen each year, as we - the Festival of the Strait Society - continue to bring our community together in celebration each July.

What do we have to celebrate? An amazing community with even more amazing people! Port Hawkesbury and our neighbors in Richmond, Point Tupper and Port Hastings gladly welcomes neighbors and visitors alike - so please mark your calendars this July 1st-July 9th 2017!

This year is Festival of the Strait's 52nd Annual event. Festival of the Strait began in 1965, and has been a popular summer festival ever since! Help us celebrate this year as we celebrate our talented musicians and Celtic Rock, and as we celebrate our proud history throughout the generations!!

So, please - everyone is officially welcome to Port Hawkesbury - the only town in Cape Breton. Our town has a proud history, a strong tight-knit community, and a bright future! We have lots to celebrate this year, and we welcome you to join us this summer.


A Note of Thanks


We would like to say thank-you our past Festival of the Strait chairs that made a huge positive impact on our community with the Festival of the Strait are: Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, Olivia Melnick, Tanya England, Danna Ferguson, Denise Samson and Annie Beaton. Thank you for all the years you invested in the Festival of the Strait and our Community as it continues to grow! Also, thanks to the many past volunteers who have invested time in their community!

We look forward to this year's Festival of the Strait 2016, a with our "Rock around the Hawk" theme to launch to our Fun Summer! We hope that we can make it a memorable one!


Lesa McHugh.