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Cape Breton Port of Call

Cape Breton Island © Tango7174

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 activities on Breton Island include walking in Sydney's tranquil Wentworth Park, exploring the historic buildings in the city, 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 to trade shows, concerts and galleries and is well situated to begin excursions about Breton Island. More than 40 cruise ships make use of the harbour facilities every year.


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. Unless taking part in excursions and tours organized by the cruise operators, the best way to get about Breton Island is by renting vehicles, which can be organized from the cruise pavilion.


Sydney is not packed with sightseeing attractions, but there are some interesting historic houses to seek out, and a lively waterfront area. The most rewarding tourist activity is taking scenic drives around the island interior. Cape Breton Highlands National Park has both high plateaus and the famous winding coastal road, the Cabot Trail. The national Park is also popular for mountain bikers and hikers. Unique traditional music is often performed 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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