Things to do in
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Our most recommended things to do in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Highlands National Park: Cabot Trail Tour w/ Ferry

Highlands National Park: Cabot Trail Tour w/ Ferry

Relax and enjoy your escapism of the natural beauty of our fair Isle. Breathtaking views of our mountainous areas where likely you may experience some Bald Eagles in flight . Explore the countryside and the peacefulness of your journey.

Sydney: Highland Village & Bell Museum Cruise Excursion

Sydney: Highland Village & Bell Museum Cruise Excursion

Blackwood Tours Ltd offers 6 hour tours for cruise ship passengers. We pick you up at the main dock or Liberty dock, where your guide will be waiting for you, dressed in Red jackets and holding a Blackwood Tours sign. If your ships schedule changes so will your tour time, we give you 1/2 hr (30mins) to get to your guide. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, our tours operate rain or shine, so come prepared. Upon leaving the port of Sydney you will travel along the country roads and around the Bras d'Or lakes , Canada's inland sea, to the Highland Village. Immersed back in time when the first Scottish settlers came to Nova Scotia and settled in Iona, Cape Breton. They brought with them their music, which is featured still today all over Cape Breton. They are dressed in character and speak the Gaelic language, also taken with them from Scotland. From there you will cross Little Narrows by ferry. Onwards to the village of Baddeck, where you will enter the Bell Museum and explore how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. As a flying enthusiast, Bell also had the first flight in Canada with his Silver Dart plane, which there is a replica at his museum. Upon leaving Bell Museum we usually make a stop in the village of Baddeck where customers like to have lunch. As we head back to the port we will stop along the way for some beautiful photos of our fair Isle. So come, sit, relax and take in our history, culture and scenery, tapadh leibh ( thank you )

From Sydney: Best of Cape Breton Island Small-Group Tour

From Sydney: Best of Cape Breton Island Small-Group Tour

Discover Cape Breton Island on a small-group tour and travel between Sydney, Louisbourg, and Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Enjoy a driving tour through downtown Sydney and visit prominent sites like the Fortress of Louisbourg and Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel in downtown Sydney. From there, head off to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Once there, set off on a guided tour of the fortress that operates as a living history museum.  After your visit, head back to Sydney for a narrated, in-depth drive through the city. Your entertaining and knowledgeable guide will share historic insights and point out interesting landmarks like the Cossit House Museum, the Jost Heritage House, and St. Patrick’s Church. Continue into the Cape Breton Highlands as you move on to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck. Here, enjoy free time to explore the exhibits, which feature artifacts donated from the Bell family’s personal estate. Your tour ends with the return journey to downtown Sydney where you'll be dropped back to your hotel.

Sydney Nova Scotia self-guided walking tour & scavenger hunt

Sydney Nova Scotia self-guided walking tour & scavenger hunt

Looking for things to do in Sydney Nova Scotia, now Cape Breton? Consider walking our scavenger hunt to discover the city first! Walk from City Hall to Sydney Harbor by way of the Cossit and Jost Houses and the Highlands Arts Theater. Discover the unavoidable tourist attractions and the peculiarities of what locals call home. Solve challenges at each stage of your journey. During this time, you will also be exposed to the neighborhood’s history. The Sydney NS Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 1.8 km / 1.1 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take 1 to 2 hours to complete and ends near the start location. - See the sights! - Learn some local history and fun facts - Challenge your knowledge - Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule - Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people. 2 versions are available, both going to the same locations, but with different challenges: #1 starts at City Hall; #2 starts at the Port of Sydney cruise terminal.

Cape Breton Island: Tour of Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail

Cape Breton Island: Tour of Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail

Stop At: Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, Havenside Road, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia Canada The Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail invites adventurers to explore the stunning shoreline of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. This picturesque trail winds along rugged cliffs, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Louisbourg Lighthouse. Hikers can enjoy the soothing sound of waves crashing against the rocks while discovering hidden coves and pristine beaches. With its captivating coastal scenery and maritime charm, this trail beckons nature enthusiasts and photographers alike, promising a serene escape into Nova Scotia's natural beauty. Duration includes transport Stop At: Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Louisbourg, nestled along the rugged coastline of Cape Breton Island, is a historic gem of Nova Scotia. Known for the iconic Fortress of Louisbourg, this charming town offers visitors a journey back in time to the 18th century. Explore impeccably restored buildings, engage with costumed interpreters, and immerse yourself in the vibrant life of a bustling French colonial settlement. With its cobblestone streets and scenic harbor, Louisbourg is not just a historical site but a living, breathing testament to Canada's maritime heritage. Visitors can savor local cuisine, stroll along picturesque beaches, and experience the magic of a bygone era, making Louisbourg a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. Itinerary: • Stop 1: Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island (2 hours) • Stop 2: Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail (2 hour) • Stop 3: Lunch (1 hour) • Total Driving Time: 2 hours • Total Tour Time: 5 hours

Sydney, NS: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Sydney, NS: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Step into the shoes of a newly-minted detective, tasked by Commander Mahoney to solve a gripping case... murder on the streets of Sydney. During this crime solving audio adventure, you'll visit each of the 10 locations marked on the map, either in person or virtually via the web version (included). You'll have the choice to experience the downtown area with the walking map, or go with the driving route on the outskirts of the city. Once you choose, the exact starting point will be revealed. *See images for route New for 2024, you'll also have the option of exploring the downtown area from your couch while playing the web version on any browser enabled device (PC, tablet, cast to Smart TV). You'll park or stop at each location, listen to the audio story and put your detective skills to the test by gathering clues and piecing together the evidence. At the end, you'll make your deductions and issue an arrest warrant. Your all around detective skills will be tested too, culminating in a Case Performance Score to gauge your sleuthing prowess. Suitable for solo detectives, dynamic duos, or groups of mystery enthusiasts, this game will have you immersed in an audio tale full of intrigue. The game awaits, detective – are you prepared to crack the case?

From Sydney, Canada: Walking Tour of Louisbourg Fortress

From Sydney, Canada: Walking Tour of Louisbourg Fortress

Enjoy the ride to the Fortress Louisbourg on a guided walking tour. Enjoy the convenience of round trip transportation from the Port of Sydney. You will spend approximately 2 hours or so at the Fortress. While there you can enjoy the language of the French soldiers as they march their prisoners through the streets of the fort town. Hear about local history and check out the shops, including the blacksmiths on a walking tour before returning to your meeting point in Sydney.

Goat Island & Highland Village : Cultural Experience

Goat Island & Highland Village : Cultural Experience

Blackwood Tours will pick you up at the port of Sydney, you will have 1/2 hour to get to your guide who will be waiting for you. Upon leaving the dock you will travel along the winding country roads of Cape Breton through Boisdale and Christmas Island with the Bras d 'Or lakes in sight. We will then come to the Highland Village, which is a live working village of the early 1700"s. Immerse yourself in the rich Gaelic culture with their costumed animators explaining and showing the way of life back then, in their native tongue, Gaelic. From there you will be taken to Goat Island. Nestled alongside the beautiful Bras d"Or Lake ,the Eskasoni First Nation is the largest Mi'kmaq community in the world. Get an insiders look at this exceptional world with a Mi'kmaq cultural interpreter , who will take you to visit several villages along the 1.5 mile route, each one offering a unique experience. Along the way, you'll stop and experience aboriginal traditions such as smudging, a hunting and fishing interpretation, basket making, bread making, dancing, storytelling, and more.

Our most recommended things to do in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Highlands National Park: Cabot Trail Tour w/ Ferry

Highlands National Park: Cabot Trail Tour w/ Ferry

Relax and enjoy your escapism of the natural beauty of our fair Isle. Breathtaking views of our mountainous areas where likely you may experience some Bald Eagles in flight . Explore the countryside and the peacefulness of your journey.

Sydney: Highland Village & Bell Museum Cruise Excursion

Sydney: Highland Village & Bell Museum Cruise Excursion

Blackwood Tours Ltd offers 6 hour tours for cruise ship passengers. We pick you up at the main dock or Liberty dock, where your guide will be waiting for you, dressed in Red jackets and holding a Blackwood Tours sign. If your ships schedule changes so will your tour time, we give you 1/2 hr (30mins) to get to your guide. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, our tours operate rain or shine, so come prepared. Upon leaving the port of Sydney you will travel along the country roads and around the Bras d'Or lakes , Canada's inland sea, to the Highland Village. Immersed back in time when the first Scottish settlers came to Nova Scotia and settled in Iona, Cape Breton. They brought with them their music, which is featured still today all over Cape Breton. They are dressed in character and speak the Gaelic language, also taken with them from Scotland. From there you will cross Little Narrows by ferry. Onwards to the village of Baddeck, where you will enter the Bell Museum and explore how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. As a flying enthusiast, Bell also had the first flight in Canada with his Silver Dart plane, which there is a replica at his museum. Upon leaving Bell Museum we usually make a stop in the village of Baddeck where customers like to have lunch. As we head back to the port we will stop along the way for some beautiful photos of our fair Isle. So come, sit, relax and take in our history, culture and scenery, tapadh leibh ( thank you )

From Sydney: Best of Cape Breton Island Small-Group Tour

From Sydney: Best of Cape Breton Island Small-Group Tour

Discover Cape Breton Island on a small-group tour and travel between Sydney, Louisbourg, and Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Enjoy a driving tour through downtown Sydney and visit prominent sites like the Fortress of Louisbourg and Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel in downtown Sydney. From there, head off to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Once there, set off on a guided tour of the fortress that operates as a living history museum.  After your visit, head back to Sydney for a narrated, in-depth drive through the city. Your entertaining and knowledgeable guide will share historic insights and point out interesting landmarks like the Cossit House Museum, the Jost Heritage House, and St. Patrick’s Church. Continue into the Cape Breton Highlands as you move on to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck. Here, enjoy free time to explore the exhibits, which feature artifacts donated from the Bell family’s personal estate. Your tour ends with the return journey to downtown Sydney where you'll be dropped back to your hotel.

Sydney Nova Scotia self-guided walking tour & scavenger hunt

Sydney Nova Scotia self-guided walking tour & scavenger hunt

Looking for things to do in Sydney Nova Scotia, now Cape Breton? Consider walking our scavenger hunt to discover the city first! Walk from City Hall to Sydney Harbor by way of the Cossit and Jost Houses and the Highlands Arts Theater. Discover the unavoidable tourist attractions and the peculiarities of what locals call home. Solve challenges at each stage of your journey. During this time, you will also be exposed to the neighborhood’s history. The Sydney NS Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 1.8 km / 1.1 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take 1 to 2 hours to complete and ends near the start location. - See the sights! - Learn some local history and fun facts - Challenge your knowledge - Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule - Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people. 2 versions are available, both going to the same locations, but with different challenges: #1 starts at City Hall; #2 starts at the Port of Sydney cruise terminal.

Cape Breton Island: Tour of Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail

Cape Breton Island: Tour of Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail

Stop At: Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, Havenside Road, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia Canada The Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail invites adventurers to explore the stunning shoreline of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. This picturesque trail winds along rugged cliffs, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Louisbourg Lighthouse. Hikers can enjoy the soothing sound of waves crashing against the rocks while discovering hidden coves and pristine beaches. With its captivating coastal scenery and maritime charm, this trail beckons nature enthusiasts and photographers alike, promising a serene escape into Nova Scotia's natural beauty. Duration includes transport Stop At: Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Louisbourg, nestled along the rugged coastline of Cape Breton Island, is a historic gem of Nova Scotia. Known for the iconic Fortress of Louisbourg, this charming town offers visitors a journey back in time to the 18th century. Explore impeccably restored buildings, engage with costumed interpreters, and immerse yourself in the vibrant life of a bustling French colonial settlement. With its cobblestone streets and scenic harbor, Louisbourg is not just a historical site but a living, breathing testament to Canada's maritime heritage. Visitors can savor local cuisine, stroll along picturesque beaches, and experience the magic of a bygone era, making Louisbourg a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. Itinerary: • Stop 1: Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island (2 hours) • Stop 2: Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail (2 hour) • Stop 3: Lunch (1 hour) • Total Driving Time: 2 hours • Total Tour Time: 5 hours

Sydney, NS: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Sydney, NS: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Step into the shoes of a newly-minted detective, tasked by Commander Mahoney to solve a gripping case... murder on the streets of Sydney. During this crime solving audio adventure, you'll visit each of the 10 locations marked on the map, either in person or virtually via the web version (included). You'll have the choice to experience the downtown area with the walking map, or go with the driving route on the outskirts of the city. Once you choose, the exact starting point will be revealed. *See images for route New for 2024, you'll also have the option of exploring the downtown area from your couch while playing the web version on any browser enabled device (PC, tablet, cast to Smart TV). You'll park or stop at each location, listen to the audio story and put your detective skills to the test by gathering clues and piecing together the evidence. At the end, you'll make your deductions and issue an arrest warrant. Your all around detective skills will be tested too, culminating in a Case Performance Score to gauge your sleuthing prowess. Suitable for solo detectives, dynamic duos, or groups of mystery enthusiasts, this game will have you immersed in an audio tale full of intrigue. The game awaits, detective – are you prepared to crack the case?

From Sydney, Canada: Walking Tour of Louisbourg Fortress

From Sydney, Canada: Walking Tour of Louisbourg Fortress

Enjoy the ride to the Fortress Louisbourg on a guided walking tour. Enjoy the convenience of round trip transportation from the Port of Sydney. You will spend approximately 2 hours or so at the Fortress. While there you can enjoy the language of the French soldiers as they march their prisoners through the streets of the fort town. Hear about local history and check out the shops, including the blacksmiths on a walking tour before returning to your meeting point in Sydney.

Goat Island & Highland Village : Cultural Experience

Goat Island & Highland Village : Cultural Experience

Blackwood Tours will pick you up at the port of Sydney, you will have 1/2 hour to get to your guide who will be waiting for you. Upon leaving the dock you will travel along the winding country roads of Cape Breton through Boisdale and Christmas Island with the Bras d 'Or lakes in sight. We will then come to the Highland Village, which is a live working village of the early 1700"s. Immerse yourself in the rich Gaelic culture with their costumed animators explaining and showing the way of life back then, in their native tongue, Gaelic. From there you will be taken to Goat Island. Nestled alongside the beautiful Bras d"Or Lake ,the Eskasoni First Nation is the largest Mi'kmaq community in the world. Get an insiders look at this exceptional world with a Mi'kmaq cultural interpreter , who will take you to visit several villages along the 1.5 mile route, each one offering a unique experience. Along the way, you'll stop and experience aboriginal traditions such as smudging, a hunting and fishing interpretation, basket making, bread making, dancing, storytelling, and more.

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