The Port of Sydney is the commercial and cultural center of Cape Breton Island, but it has few tourist attractions within its limits. Visitors will want to see two private homes in downtown that date to the earliest settlement and the newly-revived Wentworth Park.
Most of the lodgings in the Port of Sydney are located near Island attractions like Louisbourg, the home of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Glace Bay hosts a miners’ museum, and Baddeck is home to the Alexander Graham bell Museum.
Other popular spots on Cape Breton Island include Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and Bras d’Or Lake. Highland Village in Iona is a 43-acre site preserving the Scottish Gaelic culture that Scot immigrants brought with them in the 1700s.
Visitors can also enjoy the rare spectacle of taking a whale-watching cruise to see pilot whales, minkes, and the rare right whale.
Cape Breton Island is an increasingly attractive tourist destination, and the Port of Sydney is its main point of entry.
To learn about cruise schedules and local attractions, visit the Port of Sydney’s tourism website.