Situated on the shores of a picturesque harbour, Sydney is primarily an industrial centre and Nova Scotia’s third largest city. It’s a place that is synonymous with the legendary Cape Breton and has heritage buildings that date back to the 18th century. Sydney, along with North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Glace Bay and New Waterford form the region of Industrial Cape Breton. You can be transported to the past through various historical museums and archaic structures that are scattered around the city or simply enjoy the marvellous coastline.
Col. Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres founded Sydney in 1785 and for a brief period in the late 18th century it served as the capital of the British colony of Cape Breton Island. The city began to take shape as a booming industrial district in the 1850’s, when the General Mining Association undertook industrial development work there. By the early part of the 20th century it had one of the world’s largest steel plants and the harbour played an important role during Second World War as a Royal Canadian Navy base.