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Sydney Holiday

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.


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Hearthstone Inn Sydney AU$138
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Hearthstone Inn Sydney

Hearthstone Inn Sydney

560 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
     
    3.5 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nice rooms. Very comfortable. Great breakfast I will recommend it and come again

    Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney AU$171
    Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2019
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    Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney

    Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney

    480 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
       
      3.9 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nice pool and hot tub. Great buffet style breakfasts.

      Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney AU$182
      Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2019
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      Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney

      Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney

      380 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent location, close to most things, lots of eating places within easy walk. Beautiful boardwalk right next door.

        Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront AU$148
        Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2019
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        Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront

        Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront

        300 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The staff were friendly and helpful. Our view was nice and the room was clean.

          Harbourview Inn & Suites AU$153
          Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2019
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          Harbourview Inn & Suites

          Harbourview Inn & Suites

          100 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
             
            3.2 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            It was Beautiful looking out into the water. The room was clean and in the perfect location for our needs.

            Comfort Inn Sydney AU$155
            Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2019
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            Comfort Inn Sydney

            Comfort Inn Sydney

            368 Kings Rd, Sydney, NS
               
              4.0 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Property was fine for the short time we were there.

              Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney Nova Scotia AU$173
              Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2019
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              Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney Nova Scotia

              Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney Nova Scotia

              60 Maillard Street, Membertou, NS
                 
                4.7 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Staff was so kind and nice. It's good for family to stay.

                Travels Inn Victoria County AU$107
                Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2019
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                Travels Inn Victoria County

                Travels Inn Victoria County

                837 Highway 105, Boularderie East, NS
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Excellent hotel wonderful views. Staff went above and beyond to please

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