Cruise / Things to Do

Port of Sydney

Cape Breton is fabled as a magical travel destination. For its beauty, its unique Celtic music and culture, and the genuinely warm smiles on the faces of those who greet you. Sydney puts some of the Island’s greatest sights and attractions at your fingertips.


Join a relaxed walking tour of the Colonial Town of Old Sydney, founded by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. You will encounter six buildings that were constructed in the late 18th Century and another two were built at the turn of the 19th. Full of rich storytelling, and friendly characters, this tour will also take you to St. Patrick’s, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Cape Breton; Cossit House, built in 1787; and Jost House, offering interesting exhibits from this same period. Homemade refreshments add a touch of local hospitality to your final stop at the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science.

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This is the largest historical reconstruction in North America and is fully animated so one is completely and magically captivated by life in 1744. Relive the past in a way that gives you the opportunity to live, feel, and play a part in this mesmerizing history that has shaped the destiny of this continent.

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Experience Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture, heritage and hospitality at this living history museum and folk-life centre in scenic Iona, located in the heart of Cape Breton and overlooking the magnificent Barramens Strait on the Bras d’Or Lakes.


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. Plan a 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.


A unique exhibit complex where models, replicas, photo displays, artifacts and films describe the fascinating life and work of Alexander Graham Bell. Special events such as Harvest Home complement the program of activities offered on this site, which is situated on 10 hectares of land overlooking Baddeck Bay on the Bras d’Or Lakes.

Inside the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion you will find:

Big Fiddle Market

Open all cruise ship days, please see cruise schedule for hours of operation.

The Big Fiddle Market is located inside the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.

Inside the market  you will find over 50 local crafters & artisans.  The market offers a wide range of products including jewelry, knitting, sewing, photography, and so much more!

When in port, browse the market to discover the unique products and meet vendors who happily share their stories and explain their products.

Visitor Information Center

New this year at the Pavilion is the Visitor Information Centre. Catering to the local community, cruise ship passengers and visitors at large, the Visitor Information Centre is packed with ideas on things to do, places to see, adventures to be had and memories to be made.

Visit the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion Visitor Information Centre and you’ll soon discover why we say “Cape Breton Island… Your Heart Will Never Leave”.

Hours of Operation:

July & August, 9 – 6 daily

September to November 1st, 9 -5 daily

(Located in the Pavilion, just behind the Lighthouse)


Hours of Operation:
July- August Sunday-Thursday 12:oopm-6:00pm
All cruise ship days

Apple on the Wharf Antiques & Uniques
Chock-a Block with Treasures-Ship Worldwide
Estate, Vintage, and Artisan Jewelry
China, Primitives, Coins, Collectibles, Ephemera

Cape Breton Curiosity Shop
T Shirts, mugs, and various Cape Breton themed souvenirs.

Cape Breton T-Shirt Company
The largestest selection of Cape Breton Souvenir T-shirts, Sweatshirts and Hats,  Mugs, Shot Glasses, Christmas Ornaments and our world renowned and unique Cape Breton Music cds, plus postcarsds, magnets.

 Two Macs Gallery
We are a gallery dedicated to local artisans and handcrafts.
Come see our selection of jewellery, pottery, pewter and more.

Hattie’s Heirlooms
Presents a Peek into the Past
Unique Santa’s designed by local artists from vintage fabrics
Will ship anywhere in North America

Metal Glass Media Gallery
Featuring land & seascapes in one of a kind fusion glass
Creates unique perspective with both texture and color for a signature look

Twisted & Tied Dockside Gallery
Great selection of one of a kind hand wire wrapped jewelry
Also a beautiful selection of gifts created by local and maritime crafters

Unique jewelry, scarves, and fashion accessories made with love by mother and daughter
Hand blended roll on perfumes, soy wax candles

The Kilted Moose Trading Company
A locally owned and operated ice cream parlor (and retail outlet)
Products Include:
Scotsburn & Farmers Dairy
the BEST popcorn in Cape Breton
Fudge by Cape Breton Fudge Co.
Highland Gold Maple Syrup
Galloping Cows Fine Foods
Rita’s Tearoom Oatcakes
Premium Chips, Bottled water, soft drinks and CANDY as well.




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