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Sydney Area/Marconi Trail

A historic 18th-century city collides with modern-day life, as townspeople fill shops with bright new ventures. Here you are only a short walk or drive away from some of our most well-preserved experiences, such as our coal mines, the Fortress of Louisbourg, barracks, and museums galore. 

Explore local festivals, events, and traditions across the second-largest city in Nova Scotia. Stop into one of our many communities and enjoy all that the Sydney and Marconi area has to offer. 


8 Day Trips from the World's Largest Fiddle

The unofficial capital of Cape Breton is filled with plenty of fun and adventurous activities for everyone. With the world’s largest fiddle as a crown jewel, you’ll be surprised with what you find here. Why not view the experiences and decide for yourself?

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     Places to Stay

    With everything from hotels, motels, B&Bs, cottages, and more it will be hard to pick just one place to stay! So why not relax and stay awhile, we’ve plenty of room for you.

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    Places to Eat

    The Sydney and Marconi Area is known for some fantastic locally owned and operated restaurants, pubs, and cafes. With a variety of unique flavors and dining options, your experience is bound to bring you back for seconds. 

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    Experience all that Sydney has to offer. Enjoy beer and wine tastings, wander around our craft shops, see a show from our talented theatres, make a hand-made drum in Membertou, or perhaps take off on a helicopter ride.

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    Outdoor Adventures

    From our trails and parks to our oceanside beaches, the Sydney and Marconi Area welcomes you.

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.

Getting Here and Around

7 Authentic Experiences at Membertou Heritage Park

Living Culture, Music & the Arts

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Cape Breton Miners Museum

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. Be sure to experience the museum’s underground tour, Ocean Deeps Colliery, a coal mine located just beneath the museum.