Sydney Nova Scotia is the gateway to the world famous Cape Breton Island. Here are top things to do in Sydney for a quick one day visit.

Top things to do in Sydney, Nova Scotia

  • Cossit House Museum is a designated heritage site. The home is furnished with 18th century pieces and museum staff dressed in period costume demonstrate traditional skills like candle-making, lace-making and butter-churning.  Learn more about the museum.
Learn about 18th century life with a visit to the Cossit House Museum in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The home is furnished with 18th century pieces and museum staff dressed in period costume demonstrate traditional skills like candle-making, lace-making and butter-churning. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Learn about 18th century life with a visit to the Cossit House Museum in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The home is furnished with 18th century pieces and museum staff dressed in period costume demonstrate traditional skills like candle-making, lace-making and butter-churning. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • 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.
Historic Colonial homes in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Many are designated as a heritage property.

Historic Colonial homes in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Many are designated as a heritage property. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Saint George Church built in 1785 is the oldest building in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Stained glass window of Saint George Church built in 1785. The church is the oldest building in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Stained glass window of Saint George Church built in 1785. The church is the oldest building in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Saint George Hall Craft Market feature local Celtic artisans.
  • Sydney Waterfront District features a boardwalk, shops, cafes and buskers.
  • 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 is the oldest standing Roman Catholic church on Cape Breton Island. It was built in 1828.

St. Patrick’s Church Museum was established in 1828 and is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Cape Breton and is located is Sydney, Nova Scotia. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

St. Patrick’s Church Museum was established in 1828 and is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Cape Breton and is located is Sydney, Nova Scotia. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

St. Patrick’s Church Museum was established in 1828 and is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Cape Breton and is located is Sydney, Nova Scotia.

St. Patrick’s Church Museum was established in 1828 and is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Cape Breton and is located is Sydney, Nova Scotia. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

  • Jost House Museum is a Colonial wooden house and the oldest remaining wooden structure of this era in Sydney.

Quick Facts:

  • 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.

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