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Sydney

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

Get in[edit]

Map of Sydney (Nova Scotia)

By plane[edit]

By car[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Although Sydney is the centre 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.
  • Wentworth Park, a 5-minute walk south from the downtown core, is worth a visit.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

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

Eat[edit]

Sydney has many well established restaurants, most with menus full of classic seafood favourites.

  • 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'. Because it is located inside the casino, it is off limits to those under 19.
  • Kiju's Restaurant, 50 Maillard St, Membertou B1S 3W3, +1 902-562-6220, fax: +1 902-564-4921. 11AM-9PM daily, 11AM-10PM Fri-Sat. Fresh ideas and local ingredients, pub style classics, kid’s meals and finer fare. In Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, near the Hampton Inn Sydney.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

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

  • Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, +1 902 562-6500, toll-free: +1-800-565-9466, 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 travellers. Rooms typically run from $149-199.
  • Days Inn Sydney, 480 Kings Road, toll-free: +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, +1 902 562-7500, toll-free: +1-800-565-1001, fax: +1 902 562-3023. This hotel features large conference facilities and ballrooms, 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, toll-free: +1-866-562-8282. Cheaper motel located 10 minutes outside of the downtown core.

For travellers 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[1]

Go next[edit]

  • The Fortress of 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'
Routes through Sydney
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