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Welcome to Sydney

The Port of Sydney, Nova Scotia, is the gateway to charming Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia’s Masterpiece. Cape Breton Island has been ranked the #1 Island in North America by Conde Nast Traveler readers and #1 Island in Canada by Travel + Leisure readers.

Enjoy some of the finest boating in the world. Admire some of the most stunning natural beauty anywhere. Step back in time to the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Spend a day in this charming region and you’ll see why.


Nicole MacAulay
Manager of Cruise

Port of Sydney Development Corporation
74 Esplanade
Sydney, NS B1P 1A1

Phone: (902) 371-5797

Port Specifications

Main Dock

Berthage: 275 metres (900 feet)

Capacity: 361 metres (1,184 feet)

Depth: 11.5 metres (38 feet)

Deck Elevation: 3 metres (10 feet)

Turning Basin: 800 metres (2,650 feet)

Tidal range: 0.9 metres to 1.5 metres

Liberty Pier

Berthage: 180 metres (590 feet)

Capacity: 361 metres (1,184 feet)

Depth: 10.3 metres (34 feet)

Deck Elevation: 3.45 metres (11 feet)

Moorings: floating x 2, each with two 150 t bollards

Turning Basin: 800 metres (2,650 feet)

Tidal range: 0.9 metres to 1.5 metres

Available Services

  • Fresh water
  • Supplies, bunker and diesel fuel, gas and lubricants
  • Minor repairs
  • Hospital
  • Airport
  • Port operations personnel/security
  • Stevedoring
  • Canada Customs
  • International garbage disposal
  • Gray/black water/sludge removal
  • Pilotage Services (compulsory)
  • Crew lounge

Vessel Agents

The partners in the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association are ready to welcome your ships to our harbours. These vessel agents can help you secure the berths you need. For more information please contact Port of Sydney Development Corporation.

Things to do

Embark on an Eskasoni Cultural Journey

Eskasoni First Nation is the largest Mi’kmaq community in the world. Deeply rooted within Eskasoni is the Mi’kmaq culture.

Discover authentic Mi’kmaq culture along the picturesque 2.4km trail on Goat Island in Eskasoni. The island hugs the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You will be guided along the trail by one of their Mi’kmaq cultural interpreters who will take you to visit several villages, each one offering a unique experience to learn and partake in this way of life through music, food and folklore.

Learn About Alexander Graham Bell

Head to Baddeck and learn about the life of the man who invented many things, including the telephone, at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic site.

Bell’s Aerial Experiment Association built the Silver Dart, the craft that made Canada's first controlled powered flight. This brilliant Canadian also built a boat that flew—the HD4 hydrofoil boat. While you’re in Baddeck, check out a full-scale replica of this famous boat as well as many more models, replicas, and photo displays.

Discover Fortress of Louisbourg

Visit the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Get completely captivated by this engaging re-enactment of life in 1744. Explore the past and the mesmerizing history that has shaped the destiny of this continent.

Head Underground with the Cape Breton Miners Museum

Guided by a retired coal miner, this somber tour takes you deep underground in an Ocean Colliery. Listen to haunting and passionate stories revealing hard-times, and the chilling history of this back-breaking profession that represents the foundation of prosperity for a nation.

Learn about the miners who once risked their lives and loved ones to work below the surface of the earth at the Underground Cape Breton Miners Museum.

Explore Scottish Roots in the Highland Village

Celebrate Cape Breton's Gaelic history in a living cultural experience complete with costumed animators, period dwellings, artifacts, and farm animals.

Overlooking the Bras d’Or Lake, the 43-acre picturesque site of the Hillside Village Museum will take your breath away with its splendid beauty.

Local Tourism

Keep the trip planning going, explore the local tourism sites for more itineraries and trip ideas:

Explore Sydney | Nova Scotia Tourism