Sydney & Area

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is made up of five neighbouring towns and cities: Sydney, Sydney Mines, North Sydney, New Waterford and Glace Bay, with Sydney acting as the largest urban centre on Cape Breton Island.

With a population of over 100, 000 Sydney has all the amenities of a big city, and the warmth and hospitality of a small town. Located on the eastern side of Cape Breton Island, Sydney is the best of both worlds. It is steeped in a rich cultural heritage yet is also serves a modern and innovative business community.

Sydney is also home to the World’s Largest Fiddle and plays host to a countless number of festivals and events throughout the year. Once linked to the lucrative steel industry Sydney now thrives as a popular tourist destination for cruise ships and global visitors.

In 2008, Cape Breton Island was ranked among the Top 10 Islands in the World by Travel Leisure Magazine, as well as being previously ranked the #2 Sustainable Tourism Destination by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Home to the world renowned Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island’s breathtaking scenery will leave an imprint on your heart.


Sydney and surrounding areas also boasts several well known sites and attractions that are frequented by tourists and local community members alike.

  • The World’s Largest Fiddle made of solid steel and weighing ten tonnes. Its height reaches an amazing 16.5 meters and actually plays fiddle music. Located at the Sydney Marine Terminal, the World’s Largest Fiddle is an excellent photo backdrop.
  • The Cabot Trail named for John Cabot, loops around the Cape Breton Highlands and offers awe-inspiring scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park located just outside of Sydney in Louisbourg. Visitors travel back in time to experience what life was like in the 1700’s.

Restaurants and Club/Bars in Sydney

The variety of restaurants in Sydney ensures that there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. Whether you feel like Chinese cuisine, Italian dishes, or the upbeat atmosphere of an Irish Pub you will definitely find what you’re looking for.

Some of Sydney’s restaurants include:

When the sun goes down and the studying is done there are also an eclectic group of clubs and lounges for those over 19 to explore. From easy lounging, to dancing all night long, to battle of the bands let the fun times begin.

Some of Sydney’s bars/pubs/clubs include:


In Sydney there is always something to do. Whether its summer, winter, spring or fall there will always be something new to experience or something trusted to fall back on. From going to the movies to learning a new sport, it can be arranged in Sydney.

  • When in Sydney you are never more than twenty minutes away from one of its beautiful beaches. From Kennington Cove, to Mira Gut, to Dominion Beach try them all and find your favorite.
  • If you’re into skiing or snowboarding Ski Ben Eoin has what you’re looking for. For both beginner’s and pro’s Ski Ben Eoin has what it takes to make winter sports fun for everyone.
  • Two Rivers Wildlife Park is located in Marion Bridge and is open 364 days a year. They have over 50 species of animals both native to Cape Breton and non-native to Cape Breton. They also offer swimming in the Mira River, hiking/cross-country ski trails, wagon/sleigh rides, fish hatchery and U-fish ponds.
  • Join the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Centre 200 for a home game. Cheer on the boys with your friends and keep an out for CBU’s own Night at the Nest Night.
  • Cape Breton is also known for some of the best golf courses in the world. The avid golfer can walk directly across the CBU campus to tee off at Lingan Golf and Country Club or explore any one of the greens recognized by Golf Cape Breton.

Other activities to look for in Sydney:

  • Ten theatres,  Cineplex
  • Tennis courts, Centre 200, local ice arenas, gyms and fitness centres
  • 2 shopping centres
  • The Savoy Theatre for concert listings