Sydney was founded in 1785 by Col. Joseph Frederick Wallet Desbarres, but named after Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. At first, Sydney was mainly a mix of poor Englishmen, disbanded soldiers and a group of New York citizens looking to escape the American Revolution. Sydney is in the thick of Cape Breton's industry, once home to the world's largest steel plants, which were fueled by an abundance of coal in the area.

During WWII, the city of Sydney was a key factor for Canada, constructing the Royal Canadian Navy base, HMCS Protector. During the battle of the Atlantic, Sydney's WWII based industry would prove to be a key factor in the Allied victory.

Sydney, on the heels of recent government support, began launching cruise ship facilities, as well, Sydney has a new waterfront plan in order that has made the city a more desirable place to visit. Sydney is also home to the world's largest fiddle. As well, visitors can enjoy diving, golfing, sightseeing and snowmobiling. Sydney is located just 78 km (48.5 mi.) from Baddeck.

Sydney accommodations include plenty of bed and breakfasts, inns and hotels.

This downtown Sydney hotel is just 3 blocks from Casino Nova Scotia. It boasts a rooftop patio with hot tub and offers suites with free Wi-Fi. The spacious suites provide a living room with sofa bed. This hotel offers a fridge and microwave, as well as an flat-screen tv and an i-pod dock. The Sydney Shopping Centre is only a 3 minute drive from this hotel.

Distances to…
Airport: 1.6km
Ferry - NFLD: 26.7km
Downtown Sydney: 1km

We are located on the banks of Sydney Harbour, conveniently located minutes from downtown. The hotel's central location provides easy access to historic Sydney, shops and great restaurants. Casino Nova Scotia, the Centre 200 arena, Cape Breton University and the Sydney Curling Club are within minutes.

Distances to…
Airport: 14.7km
Ferry - NFLD: 25.9km
Downtown Sydney: 2.4km

Our Sydney Nova Scotia hotel is the perfect starting point to tour Cape Breton Island's historic villages, play a round of golf at the Highland Links Golf Course. Our tastefully decorated guest rooms offer a comfortable, welcoming environment with free wireless High Speed Internet Access, cable TV with available in-room movies and triple-sheeted beds. Select rooms feature additional seating areas.

Distances to…
Airport: 1.6km
Ferry - NFLD: 26.9km
Downtown Sydney: 0.95km

This hotel overlooks the Sydney Harbor and is 2.5 km from Casino Nova Scotia and downtown Sydney. It features Red Diner restaurant on site, an indoor pool and rooms with free Wi-Fi. This hotel offers a coffee maker, hairdryer and comfortable sitting area in every room. This hotel has classically styled rooms that also include cable TV with in-room movies.

Distances to…
Airport: 3.4km
Ferry - NFLD: 24.8km
Downtown Sydney: 2.8km

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480 Kings Rd, Hwy 4
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This hotel in Sydney is only 750 metres from Casino Nova Scotia. The hotel features simple guest rooms with cable TV and a banquet room is available. This hotel offers Free Wi-Fi in every room and these classic rooms include wood furniture. This hotel is only 8.8 km from Petersfield Provincial Park and Empire Theatres is a 4 minute drive away.

Distances to…
Airport: 2.1km
Ferry - NFLD: 26.1km
Downtown Sydney: 1.6km

We are located with easy access to local attractions like the Casino Nova Scotia and Centre 200 arena, home to many local concerts and sporting events. This Sydney, Nova Scotia hotel is just minutes from the Cape Breton University, formerly the University College of Cape Breton.

Distances to…
Airport: 15.1km
Ferry - NFLD: 25.4km
Downtown Sydney: 2.9km

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