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Ditch the confines of the city and head to Canada’s easternmost semi-rural resort town, where whale watching, fishing, and cycling the twisting and turning routes that wind their way over the undulating landscape of the island are some of the exciting things to do. In the small-town of Sydney in Nova Scotia, relaxation is key. Friendly local store keepers stop to pass the time of day, and at the marina, chintzy arts and crafts stalls ply their trade of handmade Cape Breton souvenirs.

Things to see

Hugging the craggy eastern shoreline of Cape Breton Island, the tranquil town of Sydney is more green space and verdant pastureland than cramped cosmopolitan inner city suburbs. The Cossit House Museum, an 18th century building considered to be one of the oldest on Nova Scotia, was once an original minister’s home. It’s now part of the North End Heritage conservation district, and a fascinating museum to early pioneer life. Fishermen make their way to Grand Lake for an early morning spent fly fishing, which can yield abundant catches of rainbow and brown trout. The museum of Saint Patrick's church sits right on the coastline, a pretty stone-built structure with a small bell tower and slate tiled roof. White shuttered windows and gothic archways give away the age of this quaint building, the oldest Roman Catholic Church on Nova Scotia. You can’t enjoy services here anymore, but you can view exhibitions of early religious life on the island.

Hotels in Sydney

The tree-lined boulevards and homely residential avenues of Sydney are a far cry from the hectic urban sprawl of major Canadian cities. You won’t find decadent, high-end luxury hotels in Sydney, but what you will find are some excellent mid-range hotels and guesthouses that welcome you to the pretty little town with fabulous hospitality and honest Canadian welcome. Guest rooms in these hotels are more than comfortable. They’re your cozy home from home, with large double beds, relaxing seating areas and desks, and a personable service. Typically, these hotels also benefit from fitness rooms, swimming pools, and modern conveniences like WiFi. A continental breakfast is usually provided, and for a very budget stay in this quiet coastal town, there’s a small choice of discount hotels just south of the city center.

Where to stay

Much like its Australian namesake, the town of Sydney on Nova Scotia was founded by a British Fleet traversing the open waters a few hundred years ago. Once the capital of this isolated island, it still holds economic and cultural importance. In its central main streets, flat-roofed stores line the sidewalks, offering boutique shopping, local cafes, and interesting finds from antique stores to aging bookshops. Hotels in Sydney give you access to some of the island’s more unique cultural attractions. Down at Sydney waterfront, an enormous replica of a violin takes the title of the ‘largest fiddle in the world’, and is also the setting off point for interested tours heading into the frigid waters of the Atlantic in search of migrating pods of whales.

How to get to Sydney

Although Sydney is the largest urban community on the rugged island of Cape Breton, it’s not well serviced by international transportation links. The closest terminal sits at Sydney Airport which is ideal if you’re traveling on a connecting flight from Toronto or Halifax. It’s easier to fly international to the southern island and hire a car to drive over the Canso causeway to your destination. Local buses provide a good service around town but since most attractions lie outside its boundaries, a hire car is a worthwhile option.