Sydney NS Port Guide

Sydney NS Port is strategically located on the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island in Canada. The Sydney NS port of call is a scenic town that is popular for its warm hospitality and rich maritime culture. Nova Scotia is actually the Latin term for New Scotland and the town’s Celtic roots contribute to making it a very interesting tourist destination. Sydney’s climate includes Atlantic-cold rain showers, freezing winters and warm summers. The Sydney NS cruise terminal can be found at the east side of the Sydney Harbor. Also known as the “Gateway to Scenic Cape Breton Island”, the Sydney NS cruise port is a tourist haven full of Canada’s history and culture.


There are several shops downtown for visitors to explore. Mayflower mall is a major shopping destination for the metro and also for the entire Cape Breton region. Here you can find an array of over 70 famous local and international boutiques. For Cape Breton souvenir items, you can check out the Admiral’s house. This shop features china pottery, tartans, jewelry, local music and so much more. You can also check out D’Val’s Comforting Creations for gift items and collectibles in town. Here you can find traditional Celtic collectibles such as Scottish and Irish Santas, Wildflower Angels, Heavenly Habit Nuns and more.

Things to See

St Patrick’s Museum is the town’s oldest Roman Catholic Church; it is now transformed into a museum full of local artifacts and relics that depicts Sydney’s history and past civilizations. The Jost House 1897 is a good place to check out marine displays and special historical collections. A prominent local merchant once owned the home; this historical edifice shows the evolution of the wooden dwelling for over two centuries of time. You can also check out the Cabot trail for a stunning view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Check out different bird breeds at the Breton Highland National Park.

Restaurants and Bars

If you want a four course meal to complete your evening, visit the Gowrie House Country Inn. They feature a cozy and homey ambience that will make your dining experience an unforgettable one.

All Star Grille offers extensive choices of international menus and dishes that will surely make your mouth water. Be sure to try their chicken melts, rib eye, and special quesadillas.

If you crave for something Italian, visitors can go to Napoli Pizzeria; be sure to try one of the spaghetti, ravioli or lasagna dishes. Later, spend your night at Dockside Ceilidh Bar. This establishment offers daily entertainment to tourists; it features performances from pipers, step dancers, fiddlers, vocal groups and highland dancers. The Crown & Moose Pub, also considered as Sydney’s British pub, is a good place for visitors to chill and have a glass of cocktail to end a day. Another sports pub that visitors should consider is Ziggy’s Pub & Grill. They have a variety of pub food that you and your friends can enjoy and spend the night away. 

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