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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.
During the summer the airport is served by: Air Saint-Pierre (Saint-Pierre_and_Miquelon), Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-pearson), and Prince Edward Air
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.
North Sydney is the site of the Marine Atlantic terminal which serves as the main connection to Newfoundland.
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.
In the downtown area of Sydney remains two private homes dating back to the earliest settlements of the city Jost House and Cossitt house.
A 5 minute walk south from the downtown core is the recently revived Wentworth Park which 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:
Fortress of Louisbourg, 259 Park Service Rd, Louisbourg, +1 902 733-2280, . 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.
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada, Chebucto Street (Route 205), Baddeck, . Open 9AM-6PM (Jun 1-30), 8:30AM-6PM (1 Jul-15 Oct). Entrance $6.50.
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'
The Sydney marine terminal as well as Charlotte Steet have an abundance of arts and crafts stores selling traditional Cape Breton souvenirs.