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Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney is the gateway to Cape Breton Island and its highlands, forests, coastal trails and the large inland sea at its centre. The mostly rural Cape Breton has a rich cultural mix of Gaelic, Acadian and indigenous Mi'kmaq peoples.

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Sydney, Nova Scotia

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Visit the Bell Museum, located in 25 acres of landscaped grounds in the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone at age 29 lived. He also made important contributions to medicine, engineering, agriculture, aeronautics, marine science, genetics and teaching the deaf. Afterward, stop in the village to explore various gift shops or relax in a local café.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Take a tour deep underground in an Ocean Colliery at the Underground Cape Breton Miners Museum. Listen to the stories of miners and their loved ones who risked their lives to work below the surface.
  • Drive through the Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway that takes you around the greater part of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, one of the most famous drives in Canada.
  • Meet the World’s Largest Fiddle and find out why Cape Breton is so important to the revival of Celtic music at the Joan Harriss Pavilion.

Local Currency

The official currency is the Canadian dollar.

Weather in Sydney, Nova Scotia


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 29.7° -1.28°
Average Low 14.7° -9.61°
Mean Temperature 22° -5.56°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 6 in 15.24 cm

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