Sydney, Nova Scotia – Oct 7, 2019
Small, but with plenty of character, Sydney is best known as the gateway to Cape Breton Island, in north-eastern Nova Scotia. We docked right on the waterfront at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion offering shopping boutiques, art gallery, craft market and a bar. Right outside quayside is a giant sculpture of a fiddle.
We opted for a lovely walk along their boardwalk before going to the historic part of Sydney. This was founded by the Loyalists during the American Revolution and still contains six buildings that are still standing built in the late 1700’s and a couple in the turn of the 19th century.
We did go into the Jost House Museum, one of the buildings built in the late 1700’s. Thomas Jost, a Halifax merchant bought the property in 1836 and his descendants remained there until 1971. In the early 1900’s the roof was raised, and the second floor extended to include bedrooms and a bath.
Since we only had a few hours in Sydney (all we really needed), we walked back to the ship, again on the boardwalk in time for lunch and sail away.