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MacKinnon's Brook Suite

MacKinnon's Brook Suite.

In 1817, Hugh and Mary MacKinnon and their family left the Scottish Highlands to voyage across the sea and carve a new home for themselves in the Mabou Highlands of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Over time their home would become known as MacKinnon's Brook. Nearly 200 years later, the Nature Trust is working with a group of visionary and generous landowners on a major conservation campaign to permanently protect the Mabou Highlands Conservation Lands, so future generations can enjoy this natural gem.

In 2001, Scott Macmillan and Ian McKinnon collaborated on an extraordinary new Celtic/Symphonic work to celebrate the life journey of this immigrant family. The MacKinnon's Brook Suite, featuring highland bagpipe, tin whistle and Cape Breton fiddle, also honours the achievements of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust in protecting this special area in perpetuity. The fabulous MacKinnon's Brook CD is available on the Merchandise section of our website. One dollar from every CD sold will be donated to the Nature Trust's Mabou Highlands Campaign and Endowment Fund.

The Trust thanks Ian McKinnon for his ongoing and creative support of our work. As well, our gratitude goes to all the sponsors of the project. For more information on the suite and its story click on the link below.