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Sydney Area/Marconi Trail

Old and new converge in the Island’s unofficial capital region. The oldest of Mi’kmaq traditions, etched into petroglyphs, contrast with the state-of-the-art Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.

Folk art and traditional crafts, reborn in galleries and workshops. Historic 18th-century city collides with modern boardwalk. Experience the past with each beach found fossil; live our present with a lively selection of festivals, events, and downhome venues.

Experience Cape Breton’s mining history at the Cape Breton Miners Museum, one our the Sydney Area/Marconi Trail’s highlights. The Cape Breton Miners Museum pays tribute to the region’s long and rich history of coal mining. It is home to profound stories of miners and their families, and the resource that helped build a nation.


Cape Breton Miners Museum

Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors

Oh The Things You’ll See

The epicenter of Cape Breton Island culture, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Spend time with community leaders learning Mi’kmaq history through song, dance, and legend. Walk the Sydney boardwalk and snap a pic next to the World’s Largest Fiddle. Join in a guided fossil excursion at a local beach set amidst a quaint fishing community. Catch a stunning performance in one of our historic theatres or simply soak it all in as you sip locally crafted ales.

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The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

Region: Sydney and Area / Marconi Trail

Community: Sydney

Visit Cape Breton’s authentic Irish Pub located in the heart of downtown Sydney. Opened in 2013, The Old Triangle has become a downtow...

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Breton Brewing Co.

Region: Sydney and Area / Marconi Trail

Community: Sydney

Passion cascades through every pour of this locally owned and operated craft brewery. Here at Breton Brewing Co. we craft natural, unfiltere...

Highland Arts Theatre

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Region: Sydney and Area / Marconi Trail

Community: Sydney

Highland Arts Theatre, or “The HAT” as it’s affectionately called, is the name of a performance venue in downtown Sydney, ...

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Don’t miss this annual event in the Sydney Area/Marconi Trail, Lumière. A night time celebration of the arts, Lumière brings together local and abroad artists along with community members to infuse Sydney’s downtown core with the vibrancy and excitement of theatre, dance, music, and visual art and fine craft.

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

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Celtic Heart of North America

Experience Celtic Colours

Destination Cape Breton will be live streaming from Celtic Colours. Experience the music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate Celtic culture.

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