In the autumn of 1972 Ron Caplan, an American who had discovered the charms of Cape Breton, established Cape Breton’s Magazine, partly because he thought the island’s unique character, history and folklore should be preserved but also partly – as he cheerfully admits – because he had to find a way to make a living that would enable him to remain here. We should all—not just Cape Bretoners, but students of history, anthropology, folklore, and music—be profoundly grateful that he made the effort and that it was successful.

Cape Breton’s Magazine published 74 issues from November 1972 to June 1999. Visit their website to view all of the 74 issues—it’s free and searchable.