Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sydney is a community in Nova Scotia, Canada. Situated on Cape Breton Island’s east coast, it belongs administratively to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Take a relaxed walking tour of the Colonial Town of Old Sydney.

Places of interest in Sydney include St George’s Anglican Church, Cossit House which was built in 1787, St Patrick’s Church Museum and the Cape Breton Centre for Science and Heritage Museum. On the Esplanade near the waterfront, there are numerous plaques and monuments dedicated to events and famous people.

The Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest historical reconstruction in North America.

The Uisage Ban Falls Provincial Park is north of Baddeck. The 16m high waterfall is accessible by a trail around 3km long and takes about an hour to complete.

The Highland Village in Iona is a living cultural experience celebrating the Gaelic history of Sydney. Set in 43 acres of picturesque hillside, it overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes.

The Alexander Graham Bell historic site is located in the beautiful town of Baddeck, where visitors will learn of the chronicles and milestones of the man who invented the telephone.

Take an underground tour at the Underground Cape Breton Miners Museum, your guide is a retired coal miner.

Fort Petrie Military Museum is dedicated to the fort and the people who live there, it was used by the Royal Navy during WWII.

Take a boat trip on Bras D’or Lakes.

Drive the famous Cabot Trail and experience fantastic views and scenery.

The disabled cruiser visiting Sydney 

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock at the Port of Sydney. Within the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, facilities include a car hire kiosk, bar and Visitor Information Centre.

Home to the world’s largest fiddle, the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion has plenty of exhibitions depicting life here on the island. Cape Breton has a rich history of music, aboriginal culture, and much more for visitors to discover.

The centre of town is a short walk away. Sydney is very small and very walkable, however you will need either car hire or a taxi to explore further afield.

Good to Know

Heavy traffic 

Getting Around

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official currency is the Canadian Dollar.


The official language in Sydney 


Shop for unique and special gifts at the Cape Breton Center for Craft and Design on Charlotte Street in Sydney. Items include jewelry, artwork, leather goods and wooden items.

Local dishes include seafood chowder, fresh fish, seafood and steaks.

Points of Interest

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Sydney Accessible Excursions

Whether your cruise ship stops in 

Sydney Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible