If you come directly to Cape Breton via plane, ferry, or cruise ship, Sydney is where you’ll land. If you’re seeking anything resembling an urban experience, it’s also where you’ll want to stay: after all, this is the island’s sole city. Admittedly, it is not the booming center it was a century ago when the continent’s largest steel plant was located here (that era is evoked in Fall on Your Knees, an Oprah Book Club pick penned by Cape Bretoner Anne-Marie MacDonald). View more
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Explore the history and culture of the first native Canadians to meet Europeans during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Bras d'Or Lake, Eskasoni Island, Mi'kmaq People
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Eskasoni Island (Goat Island). En route, take in some of Nova Scotia's most beautiful scenery whilst driving along the shores of Bras d'Or Lake. Canada's only inland sea, Bras d'Or Lake is nestled within the very heartland of Cape Breton Island. Upon arrival at Eskasoni, the largest Mi'kmaq-speaking community in the world, you are greeted and welcomed by the Mi'kmaq people, the first native people to meet Europeans.
Traditional Mi'kmaq Food, Dances and Customs, Basket-Making, Smudging Ceremony, Gift Shop
Next, take a guided walking tour of Eskasoni Island for an authentic living experience among the Mi'kmaq people, and learn about their history and culture. Taste traditional Mi'kmaq food, learn the craft of basket-making, observe their traditional dances and play a 5,000-year-old traditional game of chance. Afterward, bake bread on an open fire, discover how the Mi'kmaq hunted and fished, healed their illnesses, and experience a smudging ceremony. Following your tour, you can browse the gift shop for native crafts, jewellery, art and books. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.55 miles (about 2.5 kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel, rocky, grassy, and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, and an umbrella from the ship. The tour sequence and timings may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Travel back in time to 1740 during this memorable, half-day excursion to the renowned Fortress of Louisbourg.
During your approximate 45 minute drive to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, you will cross over the Mira River which is the longest navigable river in Nova Scotia.
The Fortress is Canada's largest historical reconstruction, where you step back in time to the 18th century when Louisbourg was a thriving seaport - one of the busiest harbours in North America. The site has been meticulously rebuilt to one quarter of the 18th century town on the foundations of the original by following detailed blueprints from Paris archives.
Upon arrival at the Fortress, and following a brief guided tour with your guide, you are then free to explore this fascinating historic site on your own, taking in the beauty of the exterior architecture of the buildings and visiting some of the exhibit buildings that will be open for your viewing pleasure.
Stimulate your senses with a trio of rotating workshops offering many opportunities to explore a place that time has forgotten. Rub shoulders with local characters, the De Gannes and the Chief Engineer's servants, as they provide a rare glimpse into the exciting challenges faced by the resilient residents of the 18th-century town. Revel in the magnificence of the King's Bastion while listening to stirring tales of soldiers testing their mettle in an unfamiliar new environment. And for pure indulgence, treat yourself to the elegant bliss of our chocolate demonstrations, delighting in a first-hand experience making hot chocolate the old fashioned" way.
The Fortress of Louisbourg offers an opportunity to imagine life in the toughest of conditions almost 300 years ago with beautiful visuals in static displays, surrounded by the beauty of the architecture of the buildings.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over flat, gravel or beaten pathways. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable layered clothing, weather-appropriate outerwear, and a camera are recommended.
Your journey takes you across some of the island's most dynamic landscapes, weaving a route through rugged countryside and along the shores of the famous Bras d'Or Lakes.
Depart the pier for the approximately one hour drive to the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum, an open-air museum situated on a stunning 43-acre property overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. Established in 1959, the educational and representational Highland Village brings together historic and replica structures, carefully curated collections and artifacts, entertaining activities and tales, and costumed animators passionate about sharing local culture, to compellingly tell the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia.
Enjoy approximately two hours on this sweeping, scenic site to partake in a special storytelling tour conducted by costumed staff. You will also participate in a "milling frolic," a hands-on textile-working experience that sees you singing Gaelic songs, drinking tea and nibbling on traditional Scottish oatcakes.
At the conclusion of the tour, re-board the vehicle for the approximate one-hour return drive to the pier.
Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking (approximately 3 km) at the guests discretion over paved/cobblestone/gravel walkways; uneven, sometimes rocky ground; grassy farmland; inclines; standing for an extended period of time. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility however guests must be able to get in/out of the vehicle with minimal assistance or that of their travelling companion. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Total drive time is approximately 2 hours. We suggest guests wear comfortable shoes, light jacket or sweater, sunscreen, hat and umbrella from the ship (weather dependent).
Enjoy a relaxing stroll with your informative costumed tour guide along some of historic Sydney residential streets.
Discover the colonial town of Old Sydney on this informative walking tour. From the pier, your local guide dressed in period costume, leads you along the streets where stately homes have stood for almost as long as the community itself. Along the way, see St. Patrick's Museum, and an old stone church which was built in 1828. Visit Jost House, which is owned and operated by the Old Sydney Society and conveys the evolution of a colonial wooden dwelling over 200 years old. A stop is also made to Cossit House, said to be the oldest house in Sydney. Homemade refreshments and local hospitality provide a welcome break before returning back to the ship.
As your tour concludes, you may return directly to the ship, or linger in town to browse the local shops, all within easy walking distance.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 kilomertres). This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair and it is not recommended for guests who with limited mobility. Comfortable, layered clothing, comfortable walking shoes and a camera are recommended.
Experience the arduous life of a Cape Breton Island coal miner during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Cape Breton Island and Miners Museum
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive up the east side of Cape Breton Island to the Cape Breton Miners Museum. En route, pass through small mining towns and coastal routes featuring rugged shorelines and rolling hills abounding with lush, verdant foliage. Upon arrival at the Cape Breton Miners Museum, take a guided tour of the museum. Along the way, learn about the various types of coal mining and mining techniques, and see the large display of equipment on hand. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the museum at your leisure, and browse for souvenirs.
Miners' Village and Ocean Deeps Colliery Coal Mine
Located next to the museum, the Miners' Village allows you to step back in time and visit a company store and mid-late-19th-century home. The highlight of your visit is a tour of the Ocean Deeps Colliery, an actual 1932 coal mine located directly beneath the museum. After a brief orientation, don your helmets and raincoats before descending into the mine on-foot. Accompanied by retired coal miners, experience what it was like to extract coal and learn all about trapper boys, lads as young as eight or nine who had to control the air current by opening and closing the underground doors when the coal boxes passed.
Glace Bay Heritage Museum
Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the nearby Glace Bay Heritage Museum, which is surrounded by wild roses and tall grass. Originally the Town Hall, this historic, 112-year-old, three-story red brick building once housed the fire and police departments, courtrooms, civic offices, and town jail. The aging building was restored in 2003, and began a new life as the Glace Bay Heritage Museum, which features exhibits chronicling the area's history and contributions. Following refreshments, some free time is made available to browse the gift shop for unique jewellery, games, handcrafted items, pottery, painting, Old Town Hall memorabilia, and books written by authors from Cape Breton. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, steep, and grassy surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. Walking at the venues is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should use their own judgment when choosing to participate in the underground portion of this tour; certain underground areas are less than five feet (1.5 metres) in height. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a light jacket, sweater or rain gear from the ship. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour.
Experience the exquisite beauty and flavours of Bras d'Or Lake during this panoramic, half-day fishing excursion with lunch.
Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Bras d'Or Lake
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to Bras d'Or Lake. Canada's only inland sea, Bras d'Or Lake is nestled within the very heartland of Cape Breton Island. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting boat and receive your safety and boating instructions, then begin your approximately two-hour fishing session with a local lobster fisherman.
Bird Islands, Cape Dauphin, St. Anne's Bay, Fairy Hole, Sea Island Bridge, Fishing, Seafood Lunch
Head out around the Bird Islands, behind Cape Dauphin, St. Anne's Bay to see the Fairy Hole, or up the lakes beyond Seal Island Bridge (your exact route is determined by the weather). Along the way, you are served a seafood meal consisting of local fresh fish or shellfish; lobster, crab, halibut, haddock, mussels, and/or mackerel, all of which are commonly found in these waters. Following your meal, return to the wharf, re-board your van and commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, gravel, rocky, grassy, and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, and an umbrella from the ship. The tour sequence and timings may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover why Alexander Graham Bell made Baddeck his summer home during a half-day excursion to this charming village, and a tour of the museum dedicated to the inventor.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to Baddeck. En route, pass over the Seal Island Bridge and make a photo stop at Kelly's Mountain (weather permitting). Upon arrival in Baddeck, proceed for a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, which is located across the bay from Bell's estate.
Alexander Graham Bell Museum
The museum's three exhibition halls contain the largest collection of Bell's artefacts and inventions, including replicas of the first telephones and a full-scale model of the HD-4 hydrofoil craft. In addition to the invention of the telephone, Bell also made remarkable contributions in the fields of medicine, genetics, electricity, sound and speech, aeronautics, and marine engineering. Displays to be seen during your visit include original artefacts, photographs, and exhibits highlighting his extensive research and inventions.
Afterward, re-board your coach for the brief drive to the centre of Baddeck. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to discover the heart of this quaint village. Located on an inlet of the Bras d'Or Lakes, Baddeck is the region's most highly developed tourist centre and is world-renowned as a fine resort community. It was in this attractive setting that Alexander Graham Bell built his home, Beinn Bhreagh, or 'Beautiful Mountain' in Gaelic.
Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking. Walking at the Bell Museum and in Baddeck is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility who can embark and disembark the coach via steps. It is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, layered clothing and a camera are recommended.
Cape Breton is world renown for reviving, preserving, and promoting Celtic music and is considered the international centre of this lively and celebratory style of music, dancing and storytelling. To see and hear this unique music, look no further than the Marine Terminal's landmark giant fiddle across from the ship.
Complete with bow and strings, the fiddle was forged out of solid steel, weighs 10 tons and measures 54 feet high and over 14 feet wide. Guests will meet at the giant fiddle and proceed inside the Pavilion, past the many unique shops and restaurants and be piped into the Kavanaugh Room for a personal performance.
The program includes a fiddler, a singer and a Celtic dancer. Refreshments including traditional Cape Breton oatcakes will be available. After the performance guests are free to return to the ship or browse the many shops in the Terminal.
Please Note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 200 metres (656 feet) and it is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair.