Sydney, Canada

Cape Breton is fabled as a magical travel destination and the Port of Sydney is the gateway. Known for its beauty and unique Celtic music and culture, Sydney puts some of the Island's greatest sights and attractions at your fingertips when you disembark into the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.

The dockside pavilion offers an array of Shopping Boutiques, a Craft Market and the World's Largest Fiddle. You will also find wireless Internet services, a Visitor Information Centre, and the Cape Breton Island Exhibition Centre featuring artifacts, images and an overview of the rich culture and heritage of this historic Island. Or you can simply sit and savour our local seafood cuisine at the Range Light Cafe, or enjoy a glass of wine on our second level balcony.

The city of Sydney has a deep history and was originally founded in 1785 by British Loyalists fleeing the perils of the American Revolution. The rich natural resources led these new settlers to establish prosperous coal and steel industries, which attracted immigrants from a myriad of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. To this day, Sydney remains a haven of multiculturalism.

The Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion is just a short drive from the community of Baddeck and the breathtaking Bras d'Or Lake where Alexander Graham Bell lived, worked and studied. On the east coast of Cape Breton lies the largest historic reconstruction in North America, the Fortress of Louisbourg. The Fortress is a Parks Canada National Historic Site and is described as a Williamsburg-style attraction that is not to be missed.

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Points of Interest

  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • Bras d'Or Lake
  • Baddeck
  • Celtic Heritage
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Highland Village & Museum
  • Cabot Trail
  • Fortress of Louisbourg
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  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    Located in Baddeck, the museum's three exhibit halls contain the largest collection of Bell's inventions including replicas of the first telephone. From the complex's rooftop gardens you can see Bell's 132-room estate Beinn Breagh.

  • Bras d'Or Lake

    Named by the French meaning "arm of gold," this sparkling lake is known for its gentle, fog-free waters, hundreds of coves and islands, and surrounded almost entirely by high hills and low mountains.

  • Baddeck

    In the heart of Cape Breton on the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake, this charming coastal town is home to Alexander Graham Bell's summer mansion, which sits majestically watching over Baddeck Bay.

  • Celtic Heritage

    Cape Breton is the only place in North America where Gaelic is still spoken, and its music, dancing and storytelling have remained a legacy of those who emigrated from the Scottish highlands 200 years ago.

  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    This 366 square-mile park features stunning mountains, verdant valleys and forests, crystal clear waterfalls, rocky coastlines and the tundra-like plateau known as the Cape Breton Highlands.

  • Highland Village & Museum

    A 43-acre living history museum that celebrates the Gaelic experience in Nova Scotia during the mid-18th century. Period buildings, rare farm animals, exhibits and costumed guides provide a fun and enjoyable journey through history.

  • Cabot Trail

    This scenic roadway loops around the Cape Breton Highlands and follows the rugged coastline before passing along picturesque Bras d'Or Lake.

  • Fortress of Louisbourg

    The largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America and a National Historic Site of Canada. Costumed guides, historic buildings and demonstrations create an exciting and entertaining lesson in history.

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Sydney Old Town Walking Tour & Celtic Experience

1.5 hours | Sydney | YQY-380
  • Celtic Heritage

Enjoy a leisurely guided walking tour of historic Sydney. See St. Patrick's Church Museum and the 225-year-old Jost House, once the home of a prominent merchant, and the Cossit House, Sydney's oldest home. You'll continue on tothe historic Bank of Montreal for tea and oatcakes before your stroll back to the ship.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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Celtic Heritage: Sounds of Cape Breton

1.5 hours | Sydney | YQY-200
  • Celtic Heritage

Cape Breton is world renowned for the revival of Celtic music and the unique style of playing the fiddle. This presentation is in recognition of that musical heritage.

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Sydney Highlights and Coastal Drive

3 hours | Sydney | YQY-100
  • Celtic Heritage

Journey through historic Sydney past rows of beautifully restored colonial homes and the city's noted industrial community. Visit Whitney Pier Historical Museum for refreshments and learn about the area's unique history. Then it's a short drive to Miners Memorial Park commemorating the many men who died in the mines.

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A Nova Scotia Kitchen Party Ceilidh

3 hours | Sydney | YQY-255
  • Celtic Heritage

A céilidh is an exuberant gathering of music, dance and storytelling paying homage to Nova Scotia's Gaelic-speaking people. Visit the Ceilidh Room, housed in the local casino, and revel in the festivities of this traditional celebration. Oatcakes and coffee are served, and free time for the slot machines is included.

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Moderate Activity, Shopping Opportunities, Includes snack

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The Bell Museum, Baddeck & Bras d'Or Lake

4 hours | Sydney | YQY-205
  • Bras d'Or Lake
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • Baddeck

Visit the charming village of Baddeck on the shores of picturesque Bras d'Or Lakes in the heart of Cape Breton Island. En route to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, you'll pass Boularderie Island and its landmark Seal Island Bridge, and Kelly's Mountain on St. Ann's Bay.

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Highland Village and Museum & Gaelic Experience

3.5 hours | Sydney | YQY-305
  • Bras d'Or Lake
  • Highland Village & Museum

Take a picture-perfect drive through the heart of the Bras d'Or Lakes region of Cape Breton, then step back in time with a visit to the Highland Village, the only living history museum for Gaelic language and heritage in North America.

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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

3.5 hours | Sydney | YQY-300
  • Fortress of Louisbourg

Take a scenic ride through Cape Breton's verdant highlands and past the Mira River to the Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest reconstructed 18th century French fortified town in North America. Explore the site which until modern times lay untouched. when archaeologists began to reconstruct the fortress.

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The Bell Museum, Baddeck & Bras d'Or Lake

4 hours | Sydney | YQY-206
  • Bras d'Or Lake
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • Baddeck

Visit the charming village of Baddeck on the shores of picturesque Bras d'Or Lakes in the heart of Cape Breton Island. En route to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, you'll pass Boularderie Island and its landmark Seal Island Bridge, and Kelly's Mountain on St. Ann's Bay.

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Cape Breton Island Coal Mine Experience & Museum

4 hours | Sydney | YQY-315
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Experience the hard life of a coal mine worker on a guided tour to Cape Breton Miner's Museum. Then, go below the surface into an actual mine. Later, learn how the Sydney area was built by the men who manned the local coal mines at Glace Bay Heritage Museum.

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Road Trip Along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton

7.5 hours | Sydney | YQY-325
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Cabot Trail

Venture along the east coast of the awe-inspiring Cabot Trail, renowned as one of the world's most scenic drives. Admire the rugged headlands, sandy beaches and lush green valleys en route to Ingonish Beach, the gateway to the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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LOCAL CONNECTIONS: ESKASONI CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

4.5 hours | Sydney | YQY-360

Discover the Mi'kmaq cultural lineage with Michael Denny, member of Eskasoni First Nation and well-known cultural expert. After a welcome from Michael, depart with your First Nations guide and hike along the pristine shoreline of the Bras d'Or Lakes, learn traditional crafts, indulge in lunch and shop for keepsakes.

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Sailing on the Bras D'or Lake, Baddeck & Lunch

6 hours | Sydney | YQY-610
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • Bras d'Or Lake
  • Baddeck

Set sail on an adventure aboard the "Amoeba" schooner and cruise the sparkling waters of the Bras d'Or Lakes. Watch bald eagles in their natural habitat, view Alexander Graham Bell's stately mansion high on the hill overlooking the lake. Later enjoy a buffet style lunch at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck.

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Road Trip Along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton

7.5 hours | Sydney | YQY-326
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Cabot Trail

Venture along the east coast of the awe-inspiring Cabot Trail, renowned as one of the world's most scenic drives. Admire the rugged headlands, sandy beaches and lush green valleys en route to Ingonish Beach, the gateway to the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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Discover Bras d'Or Lake, Highland Village & Baddeck

6.5 hours | Sydney | YQY-310
  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  • Bras d'Or Lake
  • Baddeck
  • Highland Village & Museum

Spend the day exploring the breathtaking Bras d'Or Lakes region with an escorted tour of Highland Village, which celebrates Nova Scotia's Gaelic heritage. Stop for a complimentary lunch at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, home of Alexander Graham Bell. Later enjoy free time shopping or taking in Baddecks's panoramic views.

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