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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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Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney AU$163
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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

    Great location; nice restaurant. Didn’t appreciate having to pay for parking on top of the cost of the room. The parking lot is not in great shape.

    Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney AU$127
    Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2020
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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

      Loved the shampoo and conditioner dispensers in the shower saved on tons of mini bottles being thrown away. Wish the freezer in the hotel store had frozen treats as well as frozen dinners as we arrived New Year’s Eve and most things closed by 6 and were not open New Year’s Day. We were not expecting ...

      Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront AU$132
      Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2020
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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

        It was fine Staff were really nice Rate was a little inflated for the new year (I sorta get it ) Great great location

        Comfort Inn Sydney AU$120
        Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2020
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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

          Helpfu and friendly front desk Good hot breakfast

          Harbourview Inn & Suites AU$118
          Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019
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          Harbourview Inn & Suites

          Harbourview Inn & Suites

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

            Location is close to center 2000. Restaurant was reasonable and food was great!

            Hearthstone Inn Sydney AU$144
            Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2019
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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

              The price and having a hot breakfast. The bed was comfortable and the room was good and clean.

              Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney Nova Scotia AU$144
              Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020
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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

                Love the pool, slide is rusty thou, lots of selection for breakfast, nice and quiet, very clean

                Hotel North AU$155
                Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020
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                Hotel North

                Hotel North

                39 Forrest Street, North Sydney, NS
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The staff were very friendly. The room was clean. The restaurant had great food.

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