Meander through the charming streets of Sydney, discovering much about its early history and residents by touring several architectural gems, including a house built in 1787.
Start your walking tour at the pier, following a guide in period costume, who will elaborate on Sydney's fascinating past and lead you through its most historic buildings. Founded in 1785 and named after Britain's Lord Sydney, the town took shape around the growing coal industry. By the early 20th century, it was home to one of the world's largest steel plants. However, by mid century, both the coal and steel industries struggled and today neither is operating. Still, many of the most significant buildings from the boom years remain.
First, you'll walk uphill to see St. Patrick's, a Roman Catholic Church built in 1828. It is now a museum displaying artifacts from Sydney's earliest years. Then, it's on to the city's North End, where you will stop in the Jost Heritage House, Sydney's oldest original wooden building. It has been lovingly restored to feature items from several centuries, including a beehive bake oven, models of ships, and an apothecary. At the Cossit House, the oldest residence in Sydney, you will gain great insight into the life of Reverend Ranna Cossit, who built the colonial-style house in 1787. His wife died there at age 47, during the birth of their 13th child. Finally, at the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science, you will be able to browse the hundreds of displays devoted to the island's culture and enjoy a snack of homemade oatcakes and tea.
Following your guided walking tour, you may choose to walk back to the pier or linger in town to do some further exploring on your own or some shopping.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 miles of moderate walking. There are various gradients and surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition. Rain resistant layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.