Port of Sydney NS walking tour

$57.50 $57.50

Looking for things to do in Sydney Nova Scotia, now Cape Breton? Consider walking our scavenger hunt to discover the city first! Walk from City Hall to Sydney Harbor by way of the Cossit and Jost Houses and the Highlands Arts Theater.

Discover the unavoidable tourist attractions and the peculiarities of what locals call home. Solve challenges at each stage of your journey. During this time, you will also be exposed to the neighborhood’s history.

2 versions are available, both going to the same locations, but with different challenges: #1 starts at City Hall; #2 starts at the Port of Sydney cruise terminal (this one).

The Port of Sydney NS Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 1.8 km / 1.1 mi walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you2 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 18 locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge: 12 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 1.8 km / 1.1 mi
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible throughout
  • Pet-friendly throughout
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt

Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Scroll below for additional details, including locations seen, and how to start the activity.

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The Port of Sydney NS Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 1.8 km / 1.1 mi walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 2 hours to complete and ends near the start location.

Click here for the Port of Sydney Tourist Scavenger Hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You will also find here the complete list of locations on the itinerary.

What You’ll See

  • Merchant Mariner Monument
  • Old Sydney Society
  • George’s Anglican Church & Graveyard
  • Patrick’s Church Museum
  • Crossit House Museum
  • Jost Heritage House
  • Highlands Art Theatre
  • Sydney Waterfront Boardwalk
  • Port of Sydney
  • City Hall
  • and more!

After purchase, to begin your Port of Sydney Tourist Scavenger Hunt, you will need to direct yourself outside of the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillion at 74 Esplanade, Sydney, NS B1P 1A1. This is the start location.

Once there, stand outside and log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account and follow the instructions.

This tour was tested in person in the summer of 2019 and launched in that fall.

It was reviewed and updated in 2023.

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.

The ideal group size ranges between 2 and 6 persons – but not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.

Ancient History

Ancient-first nations’ encampments can be traced as far back as 10,600 years ago. These natives who hunted caribou became the Mi’kmaq.

The Mi’kmaq have been called Cape Breton Island Mi’kma’ki for thousands of years. The Mi’kma’ki region included Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in its entirety, part of the American state of Maine, Newfoundland, and the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec.

The French were the first Europeans to settle here, calling it Acadia. The control of the region twirled between the French and the English during the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century. In 1713, France finally obtained official control of the Royal Island (Cape Breton) by the Treaty of Utrecht.

In 1719 they built Fort Louisbourg, which the English captured but returned to France. But during the Seven Years’ War, the English conquered him definitively. They expelled its inhabitants and destroyed the fort. Then, in 1763, Ile Royale finally changed its name to Cape Breton.

The British founded Sydney in 1785. Sydney was the capital of the Cape Breton colony in 1785 until it merged with that of Nova Scotia in 1820. The capital then transferred to Halifax. Sydney takes its name in honor of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney who was the British cabinet secretary in 1785.

Recent History

The original population consists of British and loyalist Americans who fled the state of New York after the revolution. Among these loyalists is David Mathews, the former mayor of New York under the British.

Between 1900 and 1945, Sydney lived mainly in the steel industry. She had significant participation in World War II. Several Canadian ships were based here. After the war, the main industry, steel, and coal had a difficult time. The companies withdrew, forcing the government to privatize the factories to maintain the level of employment in the region.

In 1995, the city dissolved to join the agglomeration of surrounding municipalities, forming the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

In 2001, the coal and steel plants closed down permanently. Since then, we find mainly telephone call centers and tourism.

Additional information

Start location

Outside of the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillion at 74 Esplanade, Sydney, NS B1P 1A1

End point

This tour ends where it starts


18 sights seen on this tour: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions


12 varied challenges throughout this tour – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.


1.8 kilometers / 1.1 miles


Smartphone with internet access (LTE, 4G, 3G)
WiFi is not available throughout the course


1 to 2 hours at normal walking pace


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