Cape Breton Port of Call

In the heart of Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, Sydney offers a modern and scenic cruise port well situated for exploring the rugged coastline and forested interior of the island and the city of Sydney.
Popular sights on Breton Island include walking in Sydney's tranquil Wentworth park or a series of historic buildings and taking a drive along the scenic Cabot Trail.
Cruise ships dock at the east side of Sydney Harbour inside a long protected inlet at a newly renovated cruise port that also berths cargo and other trade vessels. The Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion welcomes passengers as well as visitors to trade shows, concerts and galleries and is well situated to begin excursion about Breton Island.


Tel: +1 902 562 6882



A tourism office is located in the cruise ship terminal.


Transportation from the port is limited although taxis can be hailed from the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. Besides cruise organized shore excursions the best way to get about Breton Island is by renting vehicles, which can also be organized from the cruise pavilion. Mini-bus tours also offer 8 hour rides through the island (Tel:902-224-2940).


Sydney is a bit charmless except for historic houses and a waterfront area. The best attractions are scenic drives through the Islands interior. Cape Breton Highlands National Park has both high plateaus and the famous winding coastal road Cabot Trail. The national Park is also popular for mountain bikers and hikers. A unique traditional music is often preformed at venues in Sydney including the cruise pavilion.


Joe's Warehouse - Traditional Canadian home cooked meals

Tim Hortons - Canadian fast food done right

A & K Lick-A-Chick - Great fried Chicken

Best Dish

Fried Chicken


The Cape Breton Centre for Crafts and Design is a good place for souvenirs. The Mayflower mall and the Sydney Shopping centre are both larger shopping complexes for more practical purchases. There are not many boutique shops in Sydney although smaller shops are spread about touristy sights around Breton Island, especially Baddeck village.

Best Buy

CD of traditional music


Visit Baddeck village

Explore the Fortress of Louisbourg

Go underground at the Miner Museum

Brave the water at Ingonish Beach

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