From historic walking tours and admiring the world’s largest fiddle to learning about Cape Breton’s coal mining past and discovering the talented artisans that call Cape Breton Island home, there are plenty of wonderful things to see and do when visiting Sydney, Cape Breton Island.
Walking Tours in Sydney, Cape Breton
Sydney embraces its history at every turn, from the historical Cossit House and Jost houses, which were both built in the 1780s, to St. Patrick’s Church, which is the oldest Catholic church in Cape Breton and the final resting place of some of Sydney’s early colonists. The Old Sydney Society gives regular walking tours, including personally tailored tours for those who want to look at areas of particular interest or walk in their ancestors footsteps. Throughout July and August, more adventurous souls can take a ghost walk through historical Sydney, past weathered graves and old jails.
Cape Breton Miners’ Museum
Just a 30 minute drive away from downtown Sydney is the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum in Glace Bay. Here, visitors will learn about the Cape Breton Island’s coal mining past, about life as a coal miner and take a fascinating tour through the Ocean Deep Colliery located beneath the museum.
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
Back above ground in Sydney, craft and art lovers will definitely want to visit the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, featuring a gallery of work by Cape Breton artisans in a variety of media, including textile, clay, glass and wood.
Membertou Heritage Park
Experience the stories and oral history regarding the people of the Community of Membertou through enactments and cultural presentations when you visit the Membertou Heritage Park. Walk with a tour guide and/or Elder through the park and learn about the unique history, heritage and culture through educational and interactive experiences. The Park honours the spirituality and the strength of the Membertou people telling the story of Membertou, educating and sharing the Mi’kmaq culture and assisting in the preservation of the Mi’kmaq heritage.
The Big Fiddle
Situated alongside the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion you will discover the world’s largest fiddle. Standing at a height of 60 feet/18.3 metres tall, the Fidheal Mhor A’ Ceilidh, Gaelic for the Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh, greets cruise ship passengers and visitors to Sydney, Cape Breton Island from its home on the waterfront.
Originally published by novascotia.com