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Sydney
Travel Guide

Tour a reconstruction of an 18th-century fortress town, drive along a scenic highway and hike through forests at this seaside town.  

Sydney is a port town on the east coast of Cape Breton Island and a gateway to the rugged beauty of its highlands. Gorgeous scenery is only one of the draws. There is also a rich musical heritage and hundreds of years of history to uncover.

The Port of Sydney is the entry point for many visitors, but it’s more than a transport hub. Meander along the waterfront up to the huge fiddle and bow. The sculpture lays claim to being the largest fiddle in the world and is a tribute to the island's Celtic music tradition. Behind it is the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion where you can watch concerts. Other performance venues in Sydney include the Highland Arts Theatre, located in the former St. Andrews Church.

Sydney was founded shortly after the American Revolution and for history lovers there’s much to get excited about. Tour the 18th-century Cossit House, believed to be the oldest residence in Sydney. In Josh Heritage House, find a collection of Victorian artifacts. A 40-minute drive away is the Fortress of Louisbourg, a reconstruction of an 18th-century French fortress town.

Devote some time to discovering Sydney’s natural charms. Meet the animals at Two Rivers Wildlife Park and at Twin Lighthouse Farm. See puffins, seabirds, seals and eagles at Bird Island, then unwind on the sandy shores of Dominion Beach Provincial Park or Mira Gut Beach.

Nearby is Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Take your pick of 26 trails that encompass cliffs, forests, rivers and lakes. Kayak on the ocean and spot humpback and minke whales. Running through the park is part of the Cabot Trail, a 185-mile (297-kilometer) scenic highway.

When you are back in Sydney, relax with a round of golf at Alderdale Greens or Juniper Hollow Golf. On Saturdays, stock up on local produce at Cape Breton Farmers’ Market and picnic at Open Hearth Park.

To get to Sydney and its scenic, historic and cultural attractions, take the ferry from Newfoundland or fly into JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. You can also arrive by car and bus from Halifax on mainland Nova Scotia.

Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
3.5 out of 5
380 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
The price is £79 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar

Located in the heart of Sydney, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Centre 200, and Bethel Presbyterian ...

4.2/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"Overlooking water. Close proximity to downtown- clean rooms, friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront
Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
300 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
The price is £69 per night from 25 Mar to 26 Mar

Located in the heart of Sydney, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, World's Largest Fiddle, and Centre ...

4/5Very Good! (881 reviews)

"There was absolutely nothing unique about the property. It did have a nice view of the Harbour."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront
Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney
Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney
2 out of 5
480 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £54 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Situated on the waterfront, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Membertou Heritage Park, Bethel Presbyterian Church and Cape Breton Centre for ...

3.9/5Good! (632 reviews)

"Very nice stay, was very clean and close to everything. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Central Sydney location
Central Sydney location
1515 Kings Rd, Sydney, NS

Situated in a rural location, this historic holiday home is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Membertou Heritage Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Cape Breton Centre for ...

3.5/5Good! (4 reviews)
No water

"Water would shut off and was black at times, lucky to have water for a 2 minute shower, pull out bed uncomfortable"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

Central Sydney location
 Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
21 Joanne Langford Dr, Marion Bridge, NS
The price is £98 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated on the waterfront, this romantic apartment building is within 20 miles (32 km) of Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Bras d'Or Lake and Membertou Heritage Park. ...

Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
Sallys Brook Wilderness Retreat
Sallys Brook Wilderness Retreat
118 Blackhead Road, Englishtown, NS

Situated in Victoria Subd. A, this cabin is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Saint Anns Bay and within 9 miles (15 km) of Bras d'Or Lake and Gaelic College of Celtic Arts ...

Sallys Brook Wilderness Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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