Former steel city and historic capital of Nova Scotia with amazing lanscapes overlooking the sea
Dishes you can't miss
Cranberry Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Roasted pork tenderloin in a cranberry and feta cheese sauce.
A soup with lobster, served hot and accompanied by sourdough bread.
From the Molson brewing company.
Blueberry Crème Caramel
A tart based on cranberries, cream, milk, vanilla, and mint leaves.
Typical food of Sydney, Canada
Sydney, Nova Scotia offers a delicious and varied food as a result of a combination of traditions that feature a great variety of flavors, colors, and aromas that you have to experience during your visit.
In Sydney you can taste typical dishes based on fish, lobster, oysters, and crab, combined with sweet flavors such as the traditional maple syrup, cranberries, strawberries, and apples. Seafood is a very important ingredient in this destination, as well as red meat. You will find dishes such as "Cranberry Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin", consisting of roasted pork tenderloin covered with a cranberries and feta cheese sauce. A traditional seafood dish is "Lobster Chowder", a soup prepared with diced lobster, thyme leaves, salt, pepper, sour cream, milk, and potatoes, which is served hot with slices of sourdough bread.
Beer is the most representative drink, like the Canadian beers Molson and Labatt. Wines are also a good option, as well as the soft drinks like soda or coffee.
For dessert we can mention "Blueberry Crème Caramel", a tart based on cranberries, cream, milk, vanilla, and sugar. It is served in slices and garnished with cranberries and mint leaves to enhance the flavor.
In Sydney you will find a wide variety of dining options. Sage Bistro serves high-quality fresh food with a unique and creative combination of local flavors; and The Wooden Hog offers a great atmosphere to enjoy a coffee or a delicious menu of traditional cuisine.
Sydney is a cosmopolitan city with elegant places for dinner, so you should pack casual and formal clothing to visit these places.
You should bring comfortable shoes to tour the city without problem.
You should carry a folding umbrella or rain jacket at all times, since rains are frequent in this destination.
If you travel to Sydney in the cold season, you should pack warm and thermal clothing.
The weather in Sydney, Canada
Sydney has a humid temperate climate with an annual average temperature of 6 °C (42.8 ºF), with highs of 23 °C (73.4 ºF) and lows of -11 °C (12.2 ºF). Winters and summers last four months and temperatures vary gradually in each season. Foggy days and heavy rains are common throughout the year in this city, where the annual average precipitation is 1,390 mm (54.7 in). There are snowfalls most of the year and January is the month with more snowfall.
What to bring by season
Spring (April and May): springs in Sydney are short and vary from cold to fresh. The minimum temperature is -2 °C (28.4 ºF) in April and the maximum is 13 °C (55.4 ºF) in May. There are up to 19 foggy days and up to 26 cm (10.2 in) of snow in April, the sunlight is more intense than in winter and days last up to 15 hours. We recommend packing long-sleeved T-shirts, long pants, boots, gloves, a scarf, an over coat, and thermal underwear if you travel in April.
Summer (June and September): summers in Sydney are long and warm. The coldest months are June and September, with lows of 8 ºC, while July and August are warmer with highs of 23 °C (73.4 ºF). This season has the longest days of the year with up to 16 hours. There is less precipitation, the sunlight is intense, and the sea temperature reaches 17 ºC (62.6 ºF). We recommend packing a swimsuit, T-shirts, shorts, long pants, and sunglasses, as well as a sweater to wear at night and an umbrella or rain coat.
Autumn (October through November): days are shorter during these months in Sydney, with 9 hours, and temperatures from 12 to 0 °C (53.6 - 32 ºF). There are up to 15 cm (5.9 in) of snow in November, and heavy rains with up to 161 mm (6.3 in). We recommend packing long-sleeved T-shirts, long pants, boots, wool socks, a coat, a sweater, a scarf, and gloves.
Winter (December through March): winters in Sydney are long and cold, with lows of 2 °C (35.6 ºF) during the day and -11 °C (12.2 ºF) at night. There are freezing winds and intense snowfalls with up to 16 days of snow per month and 70 cm (27.5 in) of precipitation in January. Days are longer in February and March, with 12 hours of sunlight. For this season, we recommend packing warm clothes including thermal underwear, wool socks, water-resistant non-skid shoes, a scarf, gloves, a hat, and a coat.
Founded in 1785 by Joseph Frederick Wallet, Sydney is the third largest city in Nova Scotia and the only urban community of Cape Breton Island, as well as one of the main industrial zones in Canada. At the beginning of the 20th century, the city was the site of one of the largest steel companies of the world, due to its many coal mines. Nowadays, it is an important tourist destination, where the town of Baddeck is the most popular for tourists. Its diverse population contributes to the many cultural celebrations throughout the year.
This historic community features buildings from 1786 and places like Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science, displaying exhibitions devoted to the regional history and culture. Walking on Oceanfront Esplanade, you will find statues and commemorative plaques that represent the cultural heritage of Sydney, and you can visit the nearby historical museums like the Cossit House Museum, the house of the first minister, built in 1787 with a colonial architecture from New England and decorated with furniture from that period; The Jost House from 1786, with objects from the Victorian period; and Beaton Institute, housing documents from the political and industrial history of the city. The art galleries show works of art by local artists and offer tours and talks for tourists, like Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Gerd’s Art Gallery, and Nova Scotia Centre for Craft & Design.
The picturesque river in Mira River Provincial Park is ideal to practice water activities such as boat rides, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. The destination has beaches that are very popular in summer, including Groves Point and Indian Beach. The Cape Breton Farmer’s Market offers a great selection of local products that include food, art, and handicrafts. The natural and social history is displayed in St Patrick's Church Museum, which is located within the oldest catholic church of Cape Breton Island.
***The official currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).