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Sydney is Nova Scotia's third biggest city. With more than 26,000 denizens calling Sydney home, the town has certainly advanced significantly from the roots like a British Loyalist haven. Right after, immigrants from Scotland showed up. Sydney did not explode in terms of population before the early twentieth century, till a steel plant opened up in the vicinity, bringing in people throughout Nova Scotia. Coal is discovered in the mines nearby. Cruise ships begin their Canada New England itineraries in late May and continue until the end of October (Fall Foliage Cruises.  As the popularity increases, more and more cruise lines are heading north.  Not all cruises call on Sydney, Nova Scotia, however. From most of the mainstream cruise lines which include Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises.
Sadly, all this industry fouled in the atmosphere around Sydney, and just now's the town taking positive steps to repair the problem. More land continues to be designated for parks, and also the people of Sydney took an energetic curiosity about repairing the harm made by their parents and grandma and grandpa. Today, Sydney is really a town attempting to forge a brand new identity like a naturalist's haven along with a cultural center. You will find museums which have maintained Sydney's roots, in addition to outside adventure companies to focus on individuals who would like a closer inspection at Sydney's natural splendor.
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier in the Port of Sydney. There's accessibility relaxation from the city in the port. Buses and taxis do a great job of having you out and about. You may also have a ferry ride either to Newfoundland or Prince Edward Island.
Local Interests
Sydney's natural splendor can best be experienced via a character hike. Dream Character Hiking Tours offers all amounts of hikes, from the easy one mile trail up to and including twenty mile trek through beautiful mountain scenery. A different way to familiarize yourself with Sydney is as simple as going for a bike tour. At the top of Existence Island Adventures organizes a great city tour. Should you much like to savor an attractive Sydney day outdoors, grab a have a picnic lunch and go to Wentworth Park.
Should you would rather spend time on less energy-consuming hobbies, you may consider a vacation to the Cossit House Museum. The museum was initially the house of the Reverend Ranna Cossit, the city's first Anglican minister. Today, the home continues to be maintained as proof of 18th-entury style and architecture. The museum is open from June first through October 15th. The Jost House Museum is among the earliest remaining structures in Sydney. You will find an exhibit on Sydney's maritime past here, together with some Victorian items. Cape Breton College comes with an excellent memorial on campus, featuring the job of scholars and native artists.
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.
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.
St. Patrick’s Church Museum
The oldest Roman Catholic church in Cape Breton. Preserved in its original Gothic design, it was built in 1828 and features three-foot thick walls. The museum houses a miniature colonial village and an authentic mid-19th century whipping post.
Jost House Sydney Nova Scotia Jost House
Built in about 1787 by a prosperous local merchant is also now a museum and the home to a marine exhibit. The structure itself showcases the typical colonial-era wooden house.
Cossitt House in Sydney Nova Scotia
Cossit House from 1878 is the oldest house in Sydney and possibly in Cape Breton Island. Inside Cossitt House are restored period furnishings and depictions of 18th century life in the area.  The house was named for its original owner, Reverend Ranna Cossit,  who lived there the house with his wife, Thankful and their large family.  The Cossitt House is one of the earliest examples of neo-classical Georgian architecture in Nova Scotia, originally built with wood from New England and assembled in Sydney.  If you have the time, take a tour of this interesting house presented by Colonial-dressed guides and discover how one one family lived when Sydney was founded.
St. George's Church in Sydney Nova ScotiaSt. George’s Church is located almost directly across from the cruise terminal. Located under the canopy of expansive old trees, small concerts are regularly held here.  There is the old cemetery behind the church with intriguing tombstones and inscriptions.
Shore Excursions
Fortress of Louisbourg Cape Breton Island Nova ScotiaFortress of Louisbourg
Your excursion will take you to the largest reconstructed 18th century French town in North America.  Completed in 1745, the fortress took more than twenty-five years to complete, spans over fifty acres and is surrounded by a wall nearly two miles in length. Costumed guides recreate the daily lives of the original settlers.  “French soldiers” go about their daily lives and you are able to interact with the local “residents.”
Cabot TrailCape Breton Highlands National Park and the Cabot Trail
Located within the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, this is one of the most scenic drives throughout Canada.  One-third of the famous Cabot Trail runs through the park, hugging the coastline for most of the way. Hop aboard your tour bus and head out for a historic and scenic trip, and a view of sparkling
Best for Appreciating the Town: Join a colorful costumed guide to explore Sydney's past on the 90-minute Historical Sydney Walking Tour. Visit St. Patrick's Church Museum, the 225-year-old Jost House, once the home of a prominent merchant, and the Cossit House, Sydney's oldest home. The tour ends at the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science for tea and oatcakes.
Best for History-Lovers: Take a scenic 45-minute ride through Cape Breton's highlands to the Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America. Re-enactors bring 1744 Louisbourg to life.
Best for repeat visitors: On the Bras D'or Lakes Grand Tour, explore the scenic Bras d'Or Lakes region, including a tour of Highland Village, a 43-acre living-history museum celebrating Nova Scotia's Gaelic heritage, set on a hillside overlooking the lakes. Then, you'll have lunch and free time in Baddeck, the charming town that was the home of Alexander Graham Bell.
Best for Nature-Lovers: Named one of the best road trips in the world, the Cabot Trail winds through stunning landscapes, along the Margaree River through the rugged highlands of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada. This 7.5-hour trip travels from Sydney to Ingonish Beach. Lunch is included. Although there are scenic stops, you'll be on a bus most of the time during the trip.
Sydney provides extensive activities that reward individuals who love the outside. Together with organizing character hikes and mountain climbing expeditions, At the top of Existence rents out kayaks, bicycles, and off-road automobiles. North River Kayak Tours Cape Breton is an expert in kayaking, with half-excursions that are ideal for beginners.
Dining & Night life
Upon arrival into Sydney Harbour, you are immediately greeted by the aforementioned mega-fiddle and the new Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.  The pavilion is a destination unto itself with shopping for authentic Cape Breton products right there; hand-made arts and crafts, knitwear and a great place to buy your souvenirs.
Sydney's dining scene has something to provide everyone. The scrumptious Chinese food at Peking Restaurant make that one of the greatest restaurants in most of Sydney. The Extracts of the Café includes a remarkably good choice of Mexican dishes. Don' be overwhelmed through the industrial sounding Joe's Warehouse and Food Emporium. The steak and sea food listed here are outstanding.
After hours, Sydney's eclectic entertainment scene includes something for everyone. The Large Pond Concert happens each year in the summer, bringing in excellent classical music artists from around the globe. The scholars understand how to party in the Cape Breton University. There's plenty of night life all over the campus each weekend. If you are feeling fortunate and want to tempt lady luck, go to the Casino Quebec. There is a nightclub inside when you get fed up of winning.
So what should you do with your eight hours in Sydney? Better yet, here are the most popular attractions that are either available as short independent walking tours right from the port or a planned shore excursion with your cruise line.Art connoisseurs are going to be delighted using the selection available at Timmons Folk Art. Attracted by local artists, the pieces vary from appreciations of character to more avant-garde depictions of caprice. The present shops in the Jost House Museum and also the Cossit House Museum offer excellent possibilities for souvenir finders.
Upon arrival into Sydney Harbour, you are immediately greeted by the aforementioned mega-fiddle and the new Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.  The pavilion is a destination unto itself with shopping for authentic Cape Breton products right there; hand-made arts and crafts, knitwear and a great place to buy your souvenirs.
At the Joan Harriss Inside the cruise pavilion, in Pittmann Hall is the Big Fiddle Market. Local artisans have set up their crafts in this huge warehouse-like facility. If convenience is your thing or you don’t want to go very far from the ship, there’s a shore excursion tour offered by most of the cruise lines that takes place right there in the pavilion. Visitors are “escorted” through the cruise terminal by a Scottish bag-piper, to a sitting area where guests are treated to the experience of genuine Celtic fiddle music, talented young step-dancers (kind of a mini-River Dance) and can learn more about life in the area from past centuries. Don’t be surprised if this tour is quickly sold-out.

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