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Sydney, Canada-port

Poised on Cape Breton Island, Sydney is your gateway to the scenic and historic attractions of the Cape Breton Highlands, and the incredible Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Canada’s largest historical reconstruction. Once known as the “Gibraltar of the New World”, the Fortress of Louisbourg, site of momentous 18th-century battles between the competing empires of France and Great Britain, has been restored to exactly as it looked in 1740. Sydney charms the traveler with harbor views along The Boardwalk and at the nearby summer home of Alexander Graham Bell, now an enlightening museum.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Alexander Graham Bell Museum & Village of Baddeck
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Fortress Louisbourg - National Historic Site
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Historical Sydney Walking Tour
    Light Activity /Walking

Alexander Graham Bell Museum & Village of Baddeck

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: YQY-002

Discover inventor Alexander Graham Bell's many remarkable contributions to the world in his namesake museum in Baddeck, a lovely village that you will also visit.

Starting off from the pier, you will head for Baddeck, which lies due west of Sydney. Because of Cape Breton Island's many rivers and waterways, you will be treated to a lovely circuitous route to Baddeck, passing over Seal Island Bridge and stopping to take photos at Kelly's Mountain (weather permitting). Arriving at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, you will be struck by its unusual design, which is based on the tetrahedron form that the inventor used in his flight test kites. Although Bell is renowned for inventing the telephone, that groundbreaking accomplishment only touches upon his scientific achievements. The Scotsman Bell earned 18 patents alone and collaborated on another 12 in areas such as medicine, genetics, electricity, sound, speech, aeronautics and marine engineering. Following a brief orientation, you will have 1-hour to explore the museum at your leisure, viewing numerous original artifacts, photographs and exhibits.

After touring the museum, you will re-board your coach and drive into Baddeck where you will have some free time to discover the heart of this charming town. The village perches on the shores of Bras d'Or Lake and is wonderfully scenic, adding to its reputation as a fine resort town. During your visit, you might walk along the waterfront or stop in one of the quaint restaurants for lunch. Seafood, especially fresh Atlantic lobster, is a favorite. Afterwards, you will transfer back to the pier in Sydney.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate guided walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are various gradients and surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Rain resistant layered clothing; sun cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.