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Sydney (Nova Scotia)

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Sydney (Nova Scotia)

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

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 (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.

By Boat:

North Sydney is the site of the Marine Atlantic terminal which serves as the main connection to Newfoundland.

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.


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, [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.

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.

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.


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

  • Joe's Warehouse, [1]. Sydney's most well known restaurant and features a fun collection of antiques throughout the restaurant. During the summer their patio is busy and a great place for a light lunch. Located directly below Joe's is Sydney's largest night club Smooth Herman's.
  • 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, [2]. 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.



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 - $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.

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.

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.

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.

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[3]

For those on a budget try the Beacon Motel located 10 minutes outside of the downtown core (866.562.8282)

Get out

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