North Sydney is a community on the eastern shore of Cape Breton Island on the north shore of Sydney Harbour. It is mostly a service centre for the ferry traffic to Newfoundland with a number of restaurants and motels.
North Sydney is the eastern terminus of Trans-Canada Highway 105 in Nova Scotia.
The town has a shopping mall located on King Street that is anchored by both a Wallmart and a Sobeys store as well as clothing, jewellery, and variety shops. In the same area is a SuperValue Grocery, Shoppers Drug Mart, Nova Scotia Liquor Comm., etc. There is also shopping along Commercial Street which used to be the main street of the town but has now become an eclectic mix of service providers, food vendors and variety stores.
North Sydney is the departure point for ferries to Newfoundland. Marine Atlantic provides daily year-round service to Port aux Basques and seasonal service to Argentia (three days a week from mid-June through September). The Port aux Basques trip takes 6-8 hours, with passenger fees ranging from $18-36 (child/adult) and a normal size passenger car costing $102. Cabins are available for overnight sailings for $108-154. The Argentia trip takes 14-16 hours, with passenger fees ranging from $50-100 and a car costing $209. Cabins are available for $158-200.
Sydney, the largest city in Cape Breton, is 20 km away via Highway 125.
|Routes through North Sydney|
|Antigonish ← Baddeck ← Jct Cabot Trail ←||W E||→ ferry to Port aux Basques (becomes ) → Corner Brook|
|END ←||N S||→ Sydney → END|