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'Welcome to The Forrester Centre and The Krypt. If you're looking for that small, intimate, premium, and private experience in the presence of your very best people, 'wee' are your choice for curating that one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive experience.  We take care of all the details for you on-site, in a private setting like no other. Our venue is perfect for groups of 50 or less.'

Shannon Forrester
Owner/Artistic Director/Curator

The Forrester Centre, established itself in 2017, was built in 1931 and was the home of former Sydney River and Area Kinsmen, and prior to that, Saint Mark's Parish Hall. 


Today, The Forrester Centre is Cape Breton's luxurious private events venue, specializing in weddings, corporate, and lifestyle experiences for groups of 50 or less. Our specialty is designing and executing all experiences, small and intimate - as affectionately referred to as 'wee', given our strong Scottish roots!  


We proudly specialize in small, intimate, private and premium experiences spread over two levels, the upper level known as The Kastle and the lower level known as The Krypt. We are pleased to provide Food and beverage service over both levels, under the direction of our in-house Food and Beverage service provider, Kilted Kuisine


Owned and operated by Shannon Forrester, Shannon’s vision was create a beautiful and unique space for learning the art of dance, live performance, corporate events, small and intimate weddings (Wee Weddings), lifestyle events, food experiences, pop-up vendor markets, educational workshops and much more.

The beautiful and elegant design elements used throughout the centre are very symbolic and reminiscent of our Scottish and Celtic culture, but with splashes of contemporary elegance. From our custom made Forrester Tartan doors, to our floor to ceiling stone work, lanterns, and large oversized cascading chandeliers, The Forrester Centre is a perfect back drop for any event and production.

Please be sure to visit our Facebook page:  The Forrester Centre where you will see special highlights of some of our signature event experiences.  Be sure to add yourself to our exclusive list to receive your special invitation to our private event experiences.


Specializing in private and ticketed experiences for up to 50 guests, we look forward to curating a unique one-of-a-kind premium experience for you, your guests, or your business colleagues. Additionally, we are pleased to curate our own signature experiences encompassing live music, food, beverage, ambiance, and more such as:  'The Forrester Folkloric Experience,' 'Robert Burns Night', 'Shopping to the Nines', 'Bruschettivus,' 'Ribs & Reels', 'The Seafood & Song Sampler', 'Kilted Kuisine's Intimate Dining Experiences', and much more!  Check out our Events Tab or our social media pages for upcoming experiences. 


For couples interested in exploring the possibility of holding your wedding at the Forrester Centre, we specialize in small, intimate, and romantic experiences such as Elopements, Wee Weddings, 'Wee Still Do' - The Vow Renewal, and Chapel Style weddings.


We provide full on-site service for your special day, partnered with a specially chosen team of industry professionals to help create your premium experience, in the presence of those who matter most. We have created very special packages to help make the most romantic day of your life an unforgettable and very unique experience. 


To begin exploring event possibilities at The Forrester Centre, we invite you to complete our Rental Online Form.  Once received, we will review and follow up with you accordingly.​


Small, Intimate, Premium

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