Registration and Event Information

The majority of sessions in The Cape Breton Highlanders and the Shaping of Canada: Conference on Military and Social History will take place in the Multipurpose Room (CE-241) off the Great Hall at Cape Breton University. Conference delegates are encouraged to use the Great Hall campus entrance and follow posted signage to reach the venue. For detailed information on the Cape Breton University campus, please visit the CBU Website.


To register for the Cape Breton Highlanders and the Shaping of Canada: Conference on Military and Social History or any associated events below, please fill out the Registration Form here.

Special Events

In addition to our sessions, we are pleased to offer conference presenters and attendees the opportunity to participate in several planned events in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Cape Breton Highland unit. Participants may register for these events in the registration process. Please note, some of these events have associated fees.

Tour of Valour

Wednesday, September 29, 7:00pm

Travel through Italy, France, South Africa and the Netherlands as live animators tell tales of the world’s greatest battles. Music of each country and era will transport you into a fully immersive experience as you move from country to country, tasting the finest wine and food pairings they have to offer. Then, make your way through the Hallway of Victory where you’ll find triumphant stories of Cape Breton heroes leading you to V-Day right here in Canada where the celebration continues for the evening. We can’t wait to welcome you to this one of a kind experience.


Various venues throughout the Cape Breton University campus.


Can be arranged for those travelling to campus from downtown hotels and back. If you have transportation questions, please contact

Registration and Fees:

Registration for this event will be an additional $60. To opt in to this event, please select it during the registration process.

Military Conference

Friday, October 1

For the full conference schedule, visit the Program page here

Any questions about the event can be sent to

Registration and Fees:

To opt in to this event, please select it during the registration process.

Cape Breton Highlander’s Ball

Friday, October 1, 7:00pm

As part of The Cape Breton Highlanders 150th Anniversary celebrations, the Regiment will host a Highland Ball. Following in the traditions of the Sydney Garrison Military Ball, the Regiment will foster strong ties with the community by inviting them to join a Black-Tie Highland Ball.

The Ball will take place on Oct 1st, 2021, at Sacred Heart Downtown, a converted and reinvented 140-year-old church. The celebration will honour and showcase 150 years of history. The Ball itself features a superb meal, fine wine and a night of entertainment by the Pipes and Drums of the Cape Breton Highlanders as well as music provided by local award-winning entertainers. The exclusive guest list includes prominent residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Island itself.

This year’s ball is hosted by the Cape Breton Highlanders Association on behalf of The Cape Breton Highlanders. All proceeds from the Highland Ball will go back to the Association for their scholarship fund.


Sacred Heart, 217 George Street, Sydney


This venue is a 10-minute walk from the conference hotel. For special transportation needs, please contact

Registration and Fees:

Registration for this event will be an additional $200 per ticket. 

To register, contact


All conference presenters have been added to the exclusive invitation list and have the option of purchasing tickets for the event. Attendance is not mandatory.

Presentation of Colours to the Cape Breton Highlanders

Saturday, October 2, 2:00pm

The Cape Breton Highlanders will be receiving their new Regimental Colours on October 2nd, 2021, as part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations. These Colours will be the Regiments first since their name was restored in 2011.

The Regimental Colours are awarded to a regiment by the Queen or her vice-regal representative during a ceremony. They are treated with reverence as they represent the honour and traditions of the Regiment. Colours can be traced back to the Roman Empire and are made up of two flags, the Queen’s Colours and the Regimental Colours. The Queen’s Colour is the national flag with the Regiment’s insignia emblazoned upon it. The Regimental Colours feature the Regimental insignia emblazoned upon it. Also emblazoned on the Colour are battle honours awarded to the Regiment. They showcase the Regiment’s history and service to Canada.

Battle Honours are awarded to provide public recognition of and to record a combatant unit’s active participation in battle against a formed and armed enemy. The new Regimental Colours will have a new Battle Honour added to them. The Cape Breton Highlanders have been awarded the Battle Honour of Afghanistan due to the number of Highlanders who severed there during Canadian Operations in Afghanistan.

On October 2nd, 2021 at 2pm The Cape Breton Highlanders will conduct a military parade at the Cape Breton Health & Recreation Complex on CBU’s campus. The military parade will feature The Cape Breton Highlanders Pipe & Drums Band along with the Statacone Brass and Reed Band. Members of The Cape Breton Highlanders will take the field and be presented with their New Regimental Colours, showcasing and tracing their lineage over 150 years.

The Cape Breton Highlanders Originated October 13, 1871, in Baddeck, Nova Scotia as the Victoria Provisional Battalion of Infantry and are perpetuating the 94th Regiment, 85th and 185 Battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and the 2nd Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton).


Cape Breton University soccer field.


Transportation from the conference hotel will be arranged for presenters.


This event is free and open to the public. Help us keep track of attendance numbers by selecting this event in the registration process.