This historical old house shows how many of the houses here were converted to commercial use and then back to residential. It was built in apx. 1786. and was once home to a merchant, S. Sparrow, then was bought by Thomas Jost, a Halifax merchant. The family stayed here until 1971. The house is set up more as a museum with the 3 floors showing...more
There is an interesting area of Sydney that has some of the old historical buildings which made up the original town. Cossit House is the home of a controversial Loyalist Anglican minister who came to start a new life in this British colony in 1786. He was the first rector of St. George's church near the house. There are costumed guides who tell...more
Cape Breton is well know for its celtic celebrations and music. During my visit there was a festival ongoing but I didn't really get to see much of it. This would be a good time to visit the area when you have all these extra festivities on the go at the same time. Enjoy their web site.more
As you can see from the picture, Sydney has a nice waterfront walkway. If you are in the downtown area and want to go for a walk this will be nice.You will certainly get an Atlantic feeling from this. Enjoy the salt water air and there will probably be some cruise ships in the harbour at the same time.more
Fortress of Louisbourg (National Historic Site of Canada)Step back in time to 1744! Experience Louisbourg, a thriving seaport and capital of Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island).The Fortress of Louisbourg was one of the busiest harbours in North America andone of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the New World. Today, the Site is an...more
The Cabot Trail is soooo pretty. You can't possibly see all it has to offer in one day. There's alot to do and see all along the trail with truly spectacular views.The Cabot Trail is 185 miles or 298 km and loops around the northern tip of the Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, passing through many charming communities such as Pleasant Bay,...more
Make sure you drive the loop highway through Cape Breton National Park in the NE lobe of Nova Scotia's superb Cape Breton Island. The trip is impossible without a car, motorcycle, or bike, however.'Nova Scotia' is Latin for 'New Scotland.' If you've never been there, this is as close as you'll get without crossing the 'pond.' The landforms are...more
I stayed at the Cambridge Suites in the summer of 2006 for 2 days/2 nights. It is by far the best...more
I provided another tip on the Delta hotel. One of the unique qualities I mentioned was the great...more
480 Kings Road And Hwy 4, Sydney, NS B1S1A8
Good for: Solo
We had asked about a local place to have lunch downtown in Sydney and were told this was a good sandwich place. It was noon time and the place was full of locals including a lot of girls from a nearby girls school. It's basically a coffee shop but they also served a wide selection of soup and sandwiches. I got a tuna sandwich and a cup of chicken...more
Goody's is located within the Cambridge Suites hotel. This place was very busy the day I was there. The atmosphere, staff and service where great. I really enjoyed my meal with some friends. Sizzling Steak Sandwichstriploin steak charbroiled to your liking. Served on a steak bun with tomato, and sautéed onions and mushrooms$10.99All Goody's...more
This resturant looks like a very old house that has been converted. It's historic looking from the outside and has plenty of character.The service and food were great at this place, I am sure you won't go wrong. They have a deck upstairs that is good as well if the weather is cooperating. I would go here again for sure in the future. Chicken and...more
Smooth Herman's (WORST) -- A large, extremely noisy night club that caters to the 19-24 year-old crowd. Friday and Saturday nights are the worst, unless you like pushing your way through a throng of drunk 19-24 year-olds. S.H. usually has live entertainment on Saturday night, usually a local rock- or cover band that is mediocre at best. Don't...more
The Crown and Moose is a nice little pub located right within the Delta Sydney hotel. In the night times there would be good music and live bands on a couple of occassions. There was certainly no shortage of live music in Sydney during my visit.For lunch they also had an excellent buffett. For $7 or $8 it was all you could eat Salad and Soup and...more
This picture I provided here is not of Fortress Louisbourg. It's the waterfront at Sydney. I didn't make it to Fortress Louisbourg however I am going to try next time around. Here is just a quick description off of their web site.The community of Louisbourg with a population of 1265 is located on the southeast coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova...more
The Englishtown Ferry. It's one of the few remaining cable ferries in Nova Scotia. The ferry operates round the clock, and reservations are not required for this three minute crossing. The charge is $3.00 for non-residents. It's really something neat to see! It's just after you leave the Cabot Trail (or right before you start it!)more
69 Reviews and Opinions
I obviously didn't do any boating on this trip but the yacht club was right next to the hotel at the waterfront so I thought I would take a picture.
They had some nice sailboats.
If you are a sailor and looking for services when in this area you should probably check out their web site and go from there.
Enjoy your trip!
Favorite thing: Drive southeast to Fort Louisbourg, a late 17th century fort. After the British ran the French out of Nova Scotia, it became a British fortification. Now a 'living history' museum, in the summers local people live on-site and play historical characters in period costume. It's a great experience, one not to be missed if you're in the area.