Sydney

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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.

Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
300 Esplanade, Sydney, NS, B1P1A7
Fully refundable
The price is $97 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16
$97
per night
Feb 15 - Feb 16
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,011 reviews)
Ok
"It was fine. Was disappoinyed that the website failer to mention that the pool wasnt operating. I planned this stay for my daughters birthday so her and a couple friends can swim. Not impressed with that but everything else was ok."

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront, an IHG Hotel
Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney
Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney
2.5 out of 5
60 Maillard Street, Sydney, NS, B1S 3W3
The price is $105 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$105
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this family-friendly hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,035 reviews)
"Signs at elevators warned to not use the elevators during a fire but to use the stairs instead. There was no direction as to where the stairwells were. Televisions had a poor program guide."

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2023

Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
3.5 out of 5
380 Esplanade, Sydney, NS, B1P1B1
The price is $99 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$99
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 3.5-star eco-friendly hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,014 reviews)
"The room is very nice and spacious. Very clean but it’s misses the mark on the little things. No bottled water, no water cup or glass for the bathroom, no alarm clock in the bedroom, overall a nice hotel with great staff."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
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.
Deluxe Queen Room with beautiful views overlooking the water!
Deluxe Queen Room with beautiful views overlooking the water!
Sydney, NS
Stay at this ski vacation home in Sydney. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a water park. Popular attractions Bethel Presbyterian Church and Cape Breton Centre ...
1.8/5 (4 reviews)
"The picture of our room was in the site. There was no false advertising about that. It was upgraded from the other rooms definitely. I feel we overpaid for this property. The staff were super friendly and we so appreciate that. I would never recommend this to a family. It’s not close to anything….and ..."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Deluxe Queen Room with beautiful views overlooking the water!
Very cozy quiet and rustic space on a lake.
Very cozy quiet and rustic space on a lake.
Tower Road, NS
Stay at this cabin in Tower Road. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Cape Breton Miners' Museum and Marconi National Historic Site of ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Visit to the Bay
"We were looking for a place to accommodate us and our dog for a few days, this fit the bill perfectly. Quiet, scenic location close to town. Rustic, cosy and comfortable- suited us perfectly."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Very cozy quiet and rustic space on a lake.
Hummingbird Pod at Sally's Brook Wilderness Cabins
Hummingbird Pod at Sally's Brook Wilderness Cabins
Englishtown, NS
Stay at this cabin in Englishtown. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a sauna. Popular attractions Saint Anns Bay and Munroe Point Lighthouse are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Such a great romantic atmosphere, very cozy and perfect for a romantic getaway!! View was breathtaking and lights going to the cabin were such a special touch!Property manager Lisa was great at communicating before /during and after stay! Only problem was we wish we could of stayed longer to enjoy ..."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Hummingbird Pod at Sally's Brook Wilderness Cabins
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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