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Sydney

Travel Guide
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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.

Hearthstone Inn Sydney
Hearthstone Inn Sydney
3.5 out of 5
560 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
The price is CA $105 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in the heart of Sydney, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Membertou Heritage Park, Bethel Presbyterian Church, and Cape Breton Centre for Craft and ...
3.6/5Good! (1,003 reviews)
"very friendly and helpful staff. rooms were very comfortable and clean. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. great rates also!!"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

Hearthstone Inn Sydney
Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
300 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
The price is CA $140 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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! (906 reviews)
"BEAUTIFUL VIEW GOOD SLEEP AIR CONDITIONER FILTER DUSTY AND DIRTY HOT TUB HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR 2 YEARS THE MAIN REASON I BOOKED HERE EVERYONE ELSE HAD A POOL TOO"

Reviewed on Jul. 17, 2021

Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront, an IHG Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
3.5 out of 5
380 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
The price is CA $134 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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! (998 reviews)
"We liked that it was right on the waterfront."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
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Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
Marion Bridge, NS
The price is CA $149 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is within 20 mi (32 km) of Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Bras d'Or Lake, and Membertou Heritage Park. Mira River ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Quiet & Relaxing
"Beautiful spot, super clean! Bridget was very helpful with questions we had leading up to the trip. Definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
Cool in the Summer, Warm in the Winter
Cool in the Summer, Warm in the Winter
Sydney, NS
Situated in Sydney, this vacation home is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Membertou Heritage Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bethel Presbyterian Church and Cape Breton ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great Spot
"Great place stay !! Everything you need is there :) very clean !! The owners were great to deal with. I would stay there again 😀"

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2019

Cool in the Summer, Warm in the Winter
Central Sydney location
Central Sydney location
Sydney, NS
Situated in a rural location, this historic vacation home is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Membertou Heritage Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bethel Presbyterian Church ...
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 Oct. 16, 2019

Central Sydney location
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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