Explore Cape Breton

Welcome to the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport - Your Cape Breton Island Gateway!

Commercial airline service provided by Air Canada and WestJet with worldwide connections through Toronto & Halifax. 



AVIS 902-563-2847

Budget 902-564-2615

National Car Rentals 902-539-1303


Golf Courses and Resorts

Cape Breton Highlands Links, Ingonish

Stanley Thompson’s mountains and ocean masterpiece is located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, one of the most beautiful in North America.
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Cabot Links, Inverness

This is Cabot Links, Canada’s only authentic links, where the holes spread out between the sea and the village of Inverness.
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Le Portage Golf Club, Cheticamp

Set upon a plateau with majestic views of the mighty Atlantic and the mountains of the Cape Breton Highlands.
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The Lakes Golf Club, Ben Eoin

Home of the PGA TOUR Canada Cape Breton Celtic Classic
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Bell Bay Golf Club, Baddeck

This course sits high above Cape Breton’s inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lake and was named Best New Course in Canada in 1998 by Golf Digest.
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Cape Breton Island's Celtc Colours Interantional Festival October 7 - 15, 2017 ~ Tickets go on sale in July!

Accommodations  (Visit their websites)

TripAdvisor - Hotels in Sydney near the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, Cape Breton Island

Hampton Inn, Membertou, Sydney - 15 minute drive from the Airport - 902-564-6555

Cambridge Suites, Esplanade, Sydney (Waterfront) - 20 minute drive from the Airport - 902-562-6500

Holiday Inn, Sydney - Waterfront - Esplanade - 20 minute drive from the Airport - 1-877-660-8550 

Comfort Inn, 368 Kings Road, Sydney - 20 minute drive from the Airport 902-562-0200

Hotels, motels, campgrounds, cottages, bed & breakfast's and inns. Visit CapeBretonIsland.com

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Explore Cape Breton - Direct Flights Sydney - Toronto; Sydney - Halifax with Air Canada & Westjet.

Shipping Lobsters 

Lobsters: To arrange purchase of lobsters for shipping on airlines please contact:

  • Pittman's Lobsters 902-849-1815
  • Ballast Ground Fisheries Ltd. 902-794-4083
  • Bonnar's Meats 902-794-3963

Things to Do, Places to Go...

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Cape Breton Island Website

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Celtic Colours International Festival  - Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days every October, Cape Breton Island is alive with musid, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, we offer a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours. 

Nova Scotia Music Week

Glace Bay Miner's Museum - Located in Glace Bay and situated on one of the most picturesque coasts of Cape Breton Island, on a 15-acre site filled with wild roses and grasses, the Cape Breton Miner's Museum pays tribute to the regions's long and rich histroy of coal mining, It is home to profound stories of moners and their families, and the resource that helped build a nation. The Museum is also home to the famour choir of miners - the Men of the Deeps. Plana visit to the Museum where you can join a retired mine guide for an underground mine tour, browse the modern exhibits and stroll through our historic village. Complete your visit with a delicious home cooked meal at the Miner's Village Restaurant. 

Vince Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament

The World's Largest Fiddle - A "must see" located at the Port of Sydney on the Esplanade. While you're visiting the Big Fiddle, plan to have a bite to eat at Flavor on the Water located on the second floor of the Joan Harriss Pavilion on the Sydney waterfront. 

The Cabot Trail: Cape Breton Island is rated the #1 Island to visit in continental North America —
Travel & Leisure Magazine 

​The Cabot Trail is considered one of the World's Most Scenic Destination AreasThe  Cabot Trail is considered one of the world's most scenic destinations, with stunning ocean vistas, old-growth forests, rock scarred by glaciers, the mysterious highlands. 

Cape Breton Island is easily accessible by air, land or sea. Once you arrive, you will understand that this winding scenic Trail offers lots of things to do and see during each season. 

A visit to the Cabot Trail is a multi-day (3-5 days) experience. Enjoy our culture, our music, and countless outdoor activities. Participate in our festivals, our special musical events, the ceilidhs, and kitchen parties that happen all around the Cabot Trail. To replenish yourself, enjoy fabulous local seafood at our great restaurants. 

Lobster is a specialty in many restaurants around the Cabot TrailLobster is a specialty in many restaurants along the Cabot Trail, as fresh local seafood can be found in all communities. Look for crab, oysters, mussels, clams, scallops, and mackerel, all raised or caught locally. In the case of clams and mackerel, you might even "find" your own! 

Our high-season festivals begin in May with the Cabot Trail Relay Run, and end in October with the Cabot Trail Writers Festival, the Celtic Colours International Festival, and the harvest-season Huckle Buckle Festival. In between, there are food, sporting, music, hiking and cultural festivals all around the Trail. 

In winter, enjoy snowmobiling on tended trails that link the Trail communities across the Highlands. Cross-country ski on groomed trails at the North Highlands Nordic Centre in Cape North or Ski Tuonela at Goose Cove, downhill ski at Ski Cape Smokey, or snowshoe on countless trails in every Cabot Trail community. Many of the communities along the Trail feature outdoor skating rinks, and you'll find good ice on still ponds and ocean inlets. Once the bays have frozen solid, there's even the chance of ice fishing. Everyone can find something to do during the Victoria County Winter ActiveFest in February and March, and you can finish out the spring with la Mi-Carême in Chéticamp. 

The artisans of the Cabot Trail are unique and awarding-winning. World-renowned crafters at Leather Works and Glass Artisans in St Ann's Bay are just some of the skillful people whose workshops you can visit on the Cabot Trail. 

There are endless opportunities for outdoor adventure around the Cabot Trail. In addition to those winter activities, you can also try hiking, kayaking, whale watching, horseback riding, boat touring, swimming, and shore-side water sports. But there are other options, for rainy days, lazy days, days off! 

If you'd rather relax and enjoy the views, visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park for some of the Island's most spectacular scenery. Or if you prefer something a little more lively, tap your toes to some Cape Breton Celtic music, which can be enjoyed at festivals and events around the Cabot Trail. 

After long full days of exploration and adventure, check in to one of our many and varied accommodations.  Our cozy inns, bed-and-breakfasts, cottages, motels, camping cabins, and five-star resort suites will offer you a comfortable place for a restful night's sleep. 

The Cabot Trail offers you a journey that you will want to savour again and again.

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park - French soldiers march down dirt streets and ladies dance in formal parlours. Cannon fire shakes the ground as harpsichord tunes mingle with baking bread aromas drifting from the stone bakery – step through Louisbourg’s fortress walls and time-warp back to the 1700s. Chat with fishermen, sailors and servants. Sip rum and watch lace-making as children play 300-year-old games and stew simmers on an open-hearth fire. It’s so real, it seems surreal.

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site 

Baddeck is the beginning and end point of the world famous Cabot Trail, a popular stop en route to exploring gorgeous Cape Breton Island, a coastal playground offering hiking, kayaking, golfing, and whale watching.

You’ll find the site on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes overlooking Baddeck Bay and Kidston Island. The stunning grounds are open and inviting, making it a popular spot to picnic and fly kites. Look southwest and you’ll spot Baddeck harbour front, boardwalk and wharf. From the site’s roof-top deck, you can see the headlands of Beinn Bhreagh, Bell’s beloved summer home where many scientific inventions and explorations took flight.

Expect to feel instantly at home with the landscape, as Bell did when he arrived in 1885 and established his summer refuge. So compelled was Bell by Cape Breton’s beauty he believed the area outrivaled any other place in his global travels.

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Two Rivers Wildlife Park

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Cape Breton University

The Savoy Theatre - To enter the Savoy Theatre is to step back In time. It was built by MacSween Contractors for its owner, John Connor, in the nineteen-twenties, to the specifications of the famed Victorian show houses. In keeping with the times, live performances of every description including boxing matches, were staged here in the early days. In its first fifty years, the Savoy provided the setting for a host of local performers and theatrical productions, and for thousands of visiting stars. 

In the early 1970's, through the initiative of Mayor Dan Munroe, the Town of Glace Bay purchased the theatre from Famous Players, who were using it as a movie house. With the help of both Federal and Provincial funding, the town immediately embarked on a renovations program to restore the Savoy. The renovations followed strictly along the lines of the original building and no major changes were made to the fine superstructure. The rococo cast iron chandeliers were retained and refurbished, but new sound and projection equipment was installed and dressing-rooms and other facilities updated. 

The Savoy was officially opened in May 1976, with Lieutenant-Governor Grosse and Premier Regan of Nova Scotia in attendance, and live radio coverage. Special guest was CBC Newscaster Lloyd Robertson. The Glace Bay and Sydney Rotary clubs combined to mount a ten-day performance of "The King and I", which at the time broke all box office records in the province. 

Click for larger imageSince then, the Savoy has been the setting for a wide range of cultural activities. These have ranged from our own renowned Cape Breton artists, to visitors such as Stomping Tom Connors, Maureen Forrester, the Neptune Theatre, the Atlantic Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. 

Just before the 1991 season was to have begun, the then manager wrote, "The record-breaking attendance of the past two years shows not only that people do appreciate the 1920's theatre, but that this historic theatre is used now more than it ever was, attesting to the foresight of its original builder, and also to the wisdom of the people of Glace Bay." Another new program to replace all the old seats was well underway when the fire struck, destroying much of the interior. 

Following the fire in 1991, the Savoy reopened on May 7th, 1993. The Savoy has been host to a variety of performers such as Symphony Nova Scotia, Liona Boyd, Natalie MacMaster, Michelle Wright, as well as the Glace Bay School Bands, Island Voices and many more of Cape Breton's talented performers. 

Support is always welcome to help preserve this wonderful theatre. For more information on what you can do to help, please read all about The Savoy Theatre Society

Parks Canada

Explore Nova Scotia

The Celtic Heart of North America

What's Goin On

Victoria County

Highland Village Museum

Cheticamp Region

Richmond County

Inverness County

Whycocomagh Summer Festival

Salmon Fishing on the Margaree River 

The Ameoba Sailing Tours, in beautiful Baddeck 

Cape Breton Center for Craft & Design, Charlotte Street, Sydney

Glenora Inn & Distillery, Mabou 

The Glace Bay Heritage Museum 

North River Kayak Tours, Kayak Renals

Whale Watching & Study 

Snorkel with Whales, Cheticamp

Eagle North Kayak Rentals & Tours

The Beggar's Banquet Dinner Theater, Point of View Suites

Fast Go Karts. Find fun for the whole family at Washplant Road- Off of Grand Lake Road, Sydney 902-574-2669

Taxi Service- City Wide Taxi 902-564-5431 or 902-564-5432

GW Taxi & Delivery Service

Running tours to the Cabot Trail & the Fortress of Louisbourg. For further inquiries contact them at 902-295-0085 or visit their website.


Shuttle Service- Sydney/ Glace Bay/ North Sydney/ Cape Breton to Halifax

  • MacLeod's Shuttle Service 902-539-2700
  • Scotia Shuttle 1-800-898-5883
  • Starline Shuttle 902-849-4490
  • Brennan's Shuttle Service 902-737-1265 or 1-877-847-7267
  • Island Shuttle 902-842-0441
  • Cape Shuttle Service 902-539-8585
  • East Coast Shuttle 902-794-1512
  • Ez Go Shuttle Service 902-794-7261 or 1-800-499-3940
  • Atlantic B&N Shuttle 902-562-9893 or 1-800-330-4223

Carabin's & Transoverland Ltd. Motor Coach Service 902-849-4253 or 1-866-562-2877

Cabana Charters & Tours Ltd. 902-444-3350 or 1-888-902-8111


Country Walkers

"Explore the windswept headlands and beachside paths of Cape Breton, following the Cabot Trail on a complete circuit of the island. Stay in comfortable, authentic accommodations, including timber-frame lodges and clapboard inns, on a self-guided walking tour that lets you enjoy the region's natural beauty at your own pace.”

Visit Country Walkers for more information.


Restaurants and Clubs/Bars

Chef Todd’s Catering & Deli: Award Winning Cuisine in Sydney, NS - Located in the main terminal at the Sydney Airport.

Chef Todd and wife Carolyn


Locally owned and operated Chef Todd’s Catering & Deli offers freshly prepared foods delivered to your location or available for pickup in Sydney, Nova Scotia and the surrounding areas.


House-Made Dressings, Jams & Sauces
We use the finest and freshest ingredients in all our recipes. You will taste the quality in every selection, from house-made dressings, jams and sauces to mouth-watering desserts. Our unique breakfasts and distinctive sandwiches are a delicious departure from the ordinary.
Fully Licensed Bar
Chef Todd’s Catering & Deli is the smart choice for a working business lunch, government meeting, wedding reception, graduation party or any other event that includes refreshments. Choose from our full catering menu or our Gourmet on the Go sandwiches and platters to satisfy an extensive guest list, or stop by our deli to enjoy Grab and Go favourites, pizza or freshly made soup and a sandwich. Thirsty? We offer a fully licensed bar with an assortment of beers, wines and premium liquors for your enjoyment. Please contact us to learn more or to place an order.


Specialties: Kitchen Design & Renovation Consultations ● Catering: Corporate ● In-house ● Weddings ● Receptions – Licensed

Somes bars/pubs/clubs found in Sydney include:

Stop and Shop

Advertising opportnities avaialbe on our Electronic Bulletin Board in the main terminal, on our website and on facebook.Phone 902-564-7722 for details