Sydney, Nova Scotia is the gateway to the world famous Cape Breton Island. Here are the top things to do in Sydney for a quick one day visit.
Top things to do in Sydney, Nova Scotia
The world’s largest fiddle
The world’s largest fiddle is located at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillion. The 60-foot fiddle was erected in 2005 to honour the rich Celtic heritage of Cape Breton Island.
Explore 18th-century living at the Cossit House Museum
Cossit House Museum is a designated heritage site. The home is furnished with 18th-century pieces. Museum staff dressed in period costume, demonstrate traditional skills like candle-making, lace-making and butter-churning. Learn more about the museum.
Take a historic walking tour of Sydney
Take the historic walking tour of Sydney. It starts at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. Pick up a map before leaving the cruise terminal or view one here.
Saint George Church
Saint George Church. built in 1785. is the oldest building in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Saint George Craft Market
Saint George Hall Craft Market feature local Celtic artisans.
The Waterfront District
Sydney Waterfront District features a boardwalk, shops, cafes and buskers.
Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial
Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial pays tribute to those who risked their lives in World War I and World War II. These brave merchant marine sailors travelled the Atlantic on supply ships. Many ships perished in the extremely dangerous waters because of German submarines.
St. Patrick’s Church Museum
St. Patrick’s Church Museum is the oldest standing Roman Catholic church on Cape Breton Island. It was built in 1828.
Jost House Museum
Jost House Museum is a Colonial wooden house and the oldest remaining wooden structure of this era in Sydney.
- Sydney was founded in 1785.
- It became a city in 1904.
- Sydney is the home to the world’s largest fiddle.
- St. George Church built in 1785 is the oldest building in Sydney.
- Sydney is the gateway to the world famous Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail, one of the most scenic highways in North America.
Find out more about planning a visit to Nova Scotia. Download a travel guide here.
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