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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
By Plane:
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===By plane===
Sydney is served by the nearby Sydney Airport which is served year round by Air Canada with prop service to Halifax and seasonal CRJ service to Montreal.
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Sydney is served by the nearby Sydney Airport which is served year round by [http://www.aircanada.com Air Canada] with prop service to [[Halifax (Nova Scotia)|Halifax]] and seasonal CRJ service to [[Montreal]].
  
During the summer the airport is served by:
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During the summer the airport is served by [http://www.airsaintpierre.com Air Saint-Pierre] (with flights from [[Saint-Pierre and Miquelon]]) and [http://www.flysunwing.com Sunwing Airlines] (with flights from [[Toronto]]). [http://www.peair.com Prince Edward Air] also provides charter flights.
Air Saint-Pierre ([[Saint-Pierre_and_Miquelon]]),
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Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-pearson), and
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Prince Edward Air
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Drive:
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===By car===
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Driving to Sydney can be done by crossing the Canso Causeway which links the island to the Nova Scotia mainland at Canso.  From there you have two options: the slightly longer but straighter Highways 105 and 125 or the shorter but twistier Route 4.
  
Driving to Sydney can be done by crossing the Canso Causeway which links the island to the Nova Scotia mainland at Canso.  From there you have two options for driving to sydney, the slightly longer but straighter Highway 125 or the shorter but twistier Route 4.
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===By boat===
 
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North Sydney is the site of the Marine Atlantic terminal which serves as the main connection to [[Newfoundland and Labrador|Newfoundland]].  From the ferry terminal it is about a 20 minute drive on Highway 125 to Sydney.
By Boat:
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North Sydney is the site of the Marine Atlantic terminal which serves as the main connection to [[Newfoundland]].
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==Get around==
 
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==See==
 
==See==
In the downtown area of Sydney remains two private homes dating back to the earliest settlements of the city Jost House and Cossitt house.  
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Although Sydney is the center of Cape Breton, it lacks major tourist sites itself. A couple of things to see are:
  
A 5 minute walk south from the downtown core is the recently revived Wentworth Park which is worth a visit.
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* Two private homes dating to the earliest settlement of the city, Jost House and Cossitt House, remain in the downtown area of Sydney.
 
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* The recently revived Wentworth Park, a 5 minute walk south from the downtown core, is worth a visit.
Although Sydney is the center of Cape Breton, it lacks major tourist sites itself.  Most visitors use it as a resting place and take day trips to nearby sights such as:
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Fortress of Louisbourg, 259 Park Service Rd, Louisbourg, +1 902 733-2280, [9]. This is a reconstruction of the 18th century fortified French town whose presence plagued the British colonies of New England. Its busy harbor was once one of France's most signifiant economic and military assets in North America. If you enjoy the colonial restoration at Williamsburg in the United States, don't miss Louisbourg. 1 May-30 Jun, 9:30AM-5PM. 1 Jul-31 Aug, 9AM-5PM. 1 Sep-15 Oct, 9:30AM-5PM. Closed 1 Nov-3 Apr.
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Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada, Chebucto Street (Route 205), Baddeck, [10]. Open 9AM-6PM (Jun 1-30), 8:30AM-6PM (1 Jul-15 Oct). Entrance $6.50.
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And no visit to Cape Breton is complete without a trip around the famous Cabot Trail, which regularly places high on lists of 'Best Drives in the World'
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==Do==
 
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Sydney has many well established restaurants, most with menu's full of classic seafood favorites.
 
Sydney has many well established restaurants, most with menu's full of classic seafood favorites.
  
Joe's Warehouse [http://sydney.capebretonisland.com/joeswarehouse/] is sydney's most well known restaurant and features a fun collection of antiques throughout the resturantDuring the summer thier patio is busy and a great place for a light lunch.  Located directly below Joe's is sydney largest night club Smooth Herman's.
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*'''All-Star Grille''', inside the Sydney casino. This restaurant features a large menu consisting of a good mixture of diner classics and newer 'fusion-fare'It should be noted that since it is located inside the casino, it is offlimits to those under 19.  
  
All-Star Grille - Located inside the Sydney casino, this restaurant features a large menu consisting of a good mixture of diner classics and newer 'fusion-fare'.  It should be noted that since it is located inside the casino, it is offlimits to those under 19.
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*'''Mescalero's Steak House''', [http://www.membertoutcc.com/mescaleros.asp]. Located 5 minutes from downtown is Sydneys newest restaurant. Executive Chefs Todd MacIntyre and Mike Fitzgerald are proud to offer an extensive menu with something for every taste, including hand-selected cuts of Canadian Certified AAA Angus beef cooked over an open flame grill.
 
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Mescalero's Steak House [http://www.membertoutcc.com/mescaleros.asp]- Located 5 minutes from downtown is Sydneys newest restaurant. Executive Chefs Todd MacIntyre and Mike Fitzgerald are proud to offer an extensive menu with something for every taste, including hand-selected cuts of Canadian Certified AAA Angus beef cooked over an open flame grill.
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==Drink==
 
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Sydney is home to a handful of places to rest your head ranging from small motels to larger hotels.  
 
Sydney is home to a handful of places to rest your head ranging from small motels to larger hotels.  
  
Cambridge Suites (Reservations 800-565-9466 • 380 Esplanade Sydney, NS B1P 1B1 • tel 902-562-6500 fax 902-564-6011 Rooms typically run from $149 - $199Although the nicest hotel in the city, it lacks a swimming pool so it might not be very family friendly, which might be a selling point for busy business travelers.
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* <sleep name="Cambridge Suites" alt="" address="380 Esplanade" directions="" phone="1-800-565-9466 (toll-free) or +1 902 562-6500" email="" fax="+1 902 564-6011" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms typically run from $149 - $199">Although the nicest hotel in the city, it lacks a swimming pool so it might not be very family friendly, which might be a selling point for busy business travelers.</sleep>
 
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* <sleep name="Days Inn Sydney" alt="" address="480 Kings Road" directions="" phone="1-877-834-0333" email="" fax="+1 902 539-2773" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms run from $134 - $159">This hotel also has a pool, sauna, hot tub, and gym.</sleep>
Delta Sydney (300 Esplanade Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A7 Tel: 902-562-7500 Fax: 902-562-3023 Toll-Free : 1-800-565-1001 Rooms typically run from $159 - $219) This hotel features large conference facilities and ballrooms as well as a large swimming pool, waterslide, gym and sauna.  
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* <sleep name="Delta Sydney" alt="" address="300 Esplanade" directions="" phone="1-800-565-1001 (toll-free) or +1 902 562-7500" email="" fax="+1 902 562-3023" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms typically run from $159 - $219">This hotel features large conference facilities and ballrooms as well as a large swimming pool, waterslide, gym and sauna.</sleep>
 
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* <sleep name="Quality Inn" alt="" address="560 Kings Road" directions="" phone="+1 902 539-8101" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rates $109- 199">Hotel with free high-speed Internet, restaurant and lounge, heated pool, exercise room, executive suite, courtyard and free parking.</sleep>
Days Inn Sydney (480 Kings Road Sydney, NS, B1S 1A8 CA Phone: 877-834-0333 Fax: 902-539-2773 Rooms run from a reasonable $134 - $159)  This hotel also has a pool, sauna, hot tub, and gym.
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* <sleep name="Beacon Motel" alt="" address="294 Keltic Drive" directions="" phone="1-866-562-8282" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Cheaper motel located 10 minutes outside of the downtown core.</sleep>
 
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Quality Inn (560 Kings Road Sydney NS. 902-539-8101 70 A/C units (80% no-smoking), 4-pc bath, CBTV, radio, phone (free local calls), free high-speed Internet. Restaurant and lounge. Heated pool, exercise room, executive suite, courtyard, free parking. Harbour side, removed from traffic; 3 km from downtown entertainment and casino. Central for touring Cape Breton. Member: TIANS, CAA. AMCC, DD. Rates $109- 199, XP $10, F(18); group rates; 4pm CXL policy. Open year-round.  
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For travelers seeking something with a little more character try one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area a selection of which can be found here[http://www.bedsandbreakfasts.ca/cape_breton_island_bbs.htm]
 
For travelers seeking something with a little more character try one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area a selection of which can be found here[http://www.bedsandbreakfasts.ca/cape_breton_island_bbs.htm]
 
For those on a budget try the Beacon Motel located 10 minutes outside of the downtown core (866.562.8282)
 
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
 
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* The '''Fortress of Louisbourg''' located in Louisbourg, about an hour's drive away, is a reconstruction of the 18th century fortified French town whose presence plagued the British colonies of New England. 
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* Stop at the '''Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site''' of Canada in [[Baddeck]].
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* And no visit to Cape Breton is complete without a trip around the famous '''Cabot Trail''', which regularly places high on lists of 'Best Drives in the World'
  
 
[[WikiPedia:Sydney, Nova Scotia]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Sydney, Nova Scotia]]

Revision as of 05:34, 8 April 2010

Sydney is the main port on Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia.

Contents

Get in

By plane

Sydney is served by the nearby Sydney Airport which is served year round by Air Canada with prop service to Halifax and seasonal CRJ service to Montreal.

During the summer the airport is served by Air Saint-Pierre (with flights from Saint-Pierre and Miquelon) and Sunwing Airlines (with flights from Toronto). Prince Edward Air also provides charter flights.

By car

Driving to Sydney can be done by crossing the Canso Causeway which links the island to the Nova Scotia mainland at Canso. From there you have two options: the slightly longer but straighter Highways 105 and 125 or the shorter but twistier Route 4.

By boat

North Sydney is the site of the Marine Atlantic terminal which serves as the main connection to Newfoundland. From the ferry terminal it is about a 20 minute drive on Highway 125 to Sydney.

Get around

Most sights within the downtown are within walking distance, however most major tourist sights are well outside of the city and require a car or pre-arranged tour bus.

See

Although Sydney is the center of Cape Breton, it lacks major tourist sites itself. A couple of things to see are:

  • Two private homes dating to the earliest settlement of the city, Jost House and Cossitt House, remain in the downtown area of Sydney.
  • The recently revived Wentworth Park, a 5 minute walk south from the downtown core, is worth a visit.

Do

Buy

The Sydney marine terminal as well as Charlotte Steet have an abundance of arts and crafts stores selling traditional Cape Breton souvenirs.

Eat

Sydney has many well established restaurants, most with menu's full of classic seafood favorites.

  • All-Star Grille, inside the Sydney casino. This restaurant features a large menu consisting of a good mixture of diner classics and newer 'fusion-fare'. It should be noted that since it is located inside the casino, it is offlimits to those under 19.
  • Mescalero's Steak House, [1]. Located 5 minutes from downtown is Sydneys newest restaurant. Executive Chefs Todd MacIntyre and Mike Fitzgerald are proud to offer an extensive menu with something for every taste, including hand-selected cuts of Canadian Certified AAA Angus beef cooked over an open flame grill.

Drink

Sleep

Sydney is home to a handful of places to rest your head ranging from small motels to larger hotels.

  • Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, 1-800-565-9466 (toll-free) or +1 902 562-6500 (fax: +1 902 564-6011). Although the nicest hotel in the city, it lacks a swimming pool so it might not be very family friendly, which might be a selling point for busy business travelers. Rooms typically run from $149 - $199.
  • Days Inn Sydney, 480 Kings Road, 1-877-834-0333 (fax: +1 902 539-2773). This hotel also has a pool, sauna, hot tub, and gym. Rooms run from $134 - $159.
  • Delta Sydney, 300 Esplanade, 1-800-565-1001 (toll-free) or +1 902 562-7500 (fax: +1 902 562-3023). This hotel features large conference facilities and ballrooms as well as a large swimming pool, waterslide, gym and sauna. Rooms typically run from $159 - $219.
  • Quality Inn, 560 Kings Road, +1 902 539-8101. Hotel with free high-speed Internet, restaurant and lounge, heated pool, exercise room, executive suite, courtyard and free parking. Rates $109- 199.
  • Beacon Motel, 294 Keltic Drive, 1-866-562-8282. Cheaper motel located 10 minutes outside of the downtown core.

For travelers seeking something with a little more character try one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area a selection of which can be found here[2]

Get out

  • The Fortress of Louisbourg located in Louisbourg, about an hour's drive away, is a reconstruction of the 18th century fortified French town whose presence plagued the British colonies of New England.
  • Stop at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada in Baddeck.
  • And no visit to Cape Breton is complete without a trip around the famous Cabot Trail, which regularly places high on lists of 'Best Drives in the World'



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