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Port of Sydney

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the closest Bank?

There are a number of banks all within walking distance of the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, including Bank of Montreal, Scotia Bank, Royal Bank ATM’s and a TD Canada Trust (all located on Charlotte Street – please refer to walking map). There is also a Credit Union on Townsend Street. (refer to map).

Do you hold Ceilidh’s in the Pavilion on a regular basis?

The Ceilidh that is held in the pavilion, “The Spirit of the Fiddle”, is brought to us by Atlantic Cruise Ship Services. There is an admission for this event and it is specialized for passengers on cruise ship days only.

How long does it take to get to: Cabot Trail, Louisbourg, Baddeck, Glace Bay, and Iona?

Destination – Distance – Duration

Louisbourg  – 42 km  – 43 mins
Baddeck –  78.2km – 58 mins
Glace Bay – 22.4 km – 27 mins
Iona –  66.1 km –  53 mins
Ingonish – 147 km –  2 hrs
Cheticamp –  165 km –  2 hrs 2 mins

Are there rental cars available on cruise ship days?

We have three major car rental companies in Sydney, including Discount Car Rentals, Enterprise Rent a Car, and Budget, as well as Avis, Alamo and National. You can book a rental car by either phoning the companies directly, or by visiting the Kiosk in the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion upon arrival.

What is the significance of the Big Fiddle?

The Big Fiddle is a representation of the heritage in Cape Breton and reminds us of our unique musical background. There is a video featuring the making of the fiddle that plays continuously within the lighthouse theatre, inside the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.

Is the bar open on cruise ship days?

The Flavor on the Water Bar is open on the second floor of the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion on cruise ship days. There is an elevator located on the first floor.

What are some nearby attractions?
•Historical Downtown
•Downtown Shopping
•Louisbourg
•Two Rivers Wildlife Park
•Glace Bay (Miners and Marconi Museum)
•Membertou Aboriginal Heritage Park

What is the nationality of the settlers here in Cape Breton, Sydney?

We have multiple nationalities that first settled in Cape Breton mainly because of the different industries that brought them here. There was Mi’kmaq, Portuguese, French, Acadian, Loyalists, Italian, Ukrainian, Scottish, Irish and Black Loyalists.

What are some restaurants within walking distance of the Pavilion?
•Flavor on the Water (inside the Pavilion)
•The Crown & Moose
•Louann’s Cafe
•Downtown Nutrition
•Amedeos Italian Bistro
•Governor’s Pub
•Flavor Downtown
•Doktor Luke’s
•The Old Triangle
•Wentworth Perk
•No Quarter Deli

You can find full menus for these and other restaurants at the Kiosk in the Pavilion.

Where is a good restaurant for lobster?

You can get lobster at Lobster Shanty, located on the Port of Sydney Dockside. Governor’s Pub has lobster, depending on the season. But you will find plenty of fresh seafood most of the restaurants listed above. Also, you can purchase seafood chowder at Flavor on the Water.

What is weather typically like in Cape Breton?
•Summer: 20° to 30° C
•Summer Nights: 10° to 18° C
•Spring and Fall: 10° to 15° C
•Winter: -10° to -15° C
•Snowfall: 330 cm (130 inches)

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