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Travel to Sydney Canada

Updated on May 9, 2015

It’s a place synonymous with the legendary Cape Briton, containing heritage buildings dating back to the 18th century. Together with Sydney Mines, North Sydney, New Waterford and Glace Bay, Sydney forms the Industrial Cape Breton region. You can get transported to the past with plenty of historical museums and archaic structures scattered around it or simply enjoy the marvellous coastline.

It was founded by Col. Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres in the year 1785. For a brief period in the late 18th century, Sydney served as the capital of the British colony of Cape Breton Island. The city began to take shape as a booming industrial district in the 1850’s as the General Mining Association undertook industrial developmental works. By the early part of the 20th, century, the city was one of the world’s largest steel plants. SydneyHarbour played an important role during Second World War as well, as it was a Royal Canadian Navy base.

There are two splendid lakes on the CapeBritonIslands, the Brasd'OrLake and LakeAinslie. Sydney’s elevation is 100 metres above sea level and experiences stormy winters and warm summers, typical of an Atlantic climate. You’ll find the city strewn with trees such as red spruce, balsam fir, red pine, white pine and maple. Of particular interest is travelling to the Cabot Trail, an half an hour drive from town offering you breathtaking views of the ocean front and the rugged coastline. The trail also passes through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence give tourists great opportunity to spot pilot whales, fin whales cormorants or bald eagles along its waters.

You should also visit Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site showcasing the amazing list of inventions of the ace inventor. Besides a gamut of boardwalks and marinas constructed, you’ll also come across the world's largest fiddle, built at the Sydney waterfront. The Sydney Shopping Mall or the sprawling Mayflower Mall provides a complete shopping experience for tourists, as well. Sydney's also the place to watch the Fortress of Louisbourg and the Glace Bay Miners Museum.

In addition, it’s home to a diverse mix of cultural events happening throughout its calendar. A mixed nationality comprising of Scottish, Acadian, African Canadian and Eastern European contribute to the eclecticism of the festivals. Besides, there are other notable attractions such as the Jost House, a two century old wooden house displaying fascinating marine collections ; Patrick's Museum which formerly was a Roman Catholic Church; Sydney’s oldest house, the Cossit House and the grand Lyceum, earlier an opera house which presently houses the Cape Breton Center of Heritage and Science.

Sydney can easily be accessed through the SydneyAirport with direct flight service to Halifax and Montreal. Most sights in Sydney are within walking distance. Pre-arranged tour bus or cars are available options for reaching tourist sites that are far out. The city’s a doorway to get immersed in its historic sites and sublime oceanfront. It’s certain you’ll not lack of anything in visiting and discovering the coastal town of Sydney.


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