Sydney and Area
CBU Website: http://www.capebretonu.ca/capebretonu_main/asp/home_default.asp?id=home
Numerous restaurants, Celtic pubs and lounges with local musical entertainment, downtown shopping district, a casino, waterfront boardwalk with summer entertainment and festivals, yacht club, and historical sights. A ten minutes bus or taxi ride from the University. Please review the website http://sydney.capebretonisland.com/maps.html for an overview of Sydney’s and surrounding area attractions.
The Savoy Theatre is located in Glace Bay, approximately 20 minutes from Sydney, and 15 minutes from the University. It is a well-known concert hall and hosts many musical events each year.
Please review the website http://www.savoytheatre.com for complete information.
Festivals and Recreation
There are many recreational activities available in the local area and in Cape Breton. Cape Breton hosts some of the most spectacular scenery on the East Coast, and is home to many summer festivals and events, all within two hours of the University.
Please review the Tourism Cape Breton website http://www.cbisland.com/index.php
For an overview of recreational and tourism activities in Cape Breton. I have included a little more detail about the more popular sites as listed below.
Fortress Louisbourg. Half hour drive from the University is a 17th Century French Fortress complete with animators, guided tours, and daily activities. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, and complete in historical detail, when you step through the gates you are back in 17th Century France. Please review the following website for more information on Fortress Louisbourg: http://www.louisbourg.ca/fort/
This year is the 250th anniversary of the final siege, so many special events are planned: Louisbourg2008.com
Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Baddeck. One hour drive from the University.
Baddeck is situated on the Bras d’or Lakes, the largest salt-water lakes in the world. It offers sailing tours and harbor cruises, golfing, walking tours, numerous tourist shops and restaurants, and is home to the Bell Museum that houses many of Alexander Graham Bells inventions. Please review the following website for more information on The Bell Museum and the village of Baddeck http://www.capebretonisland.com/AGBell.html
Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Cabot Trail
Within a two hour drive from the University is the world renown, spectacular, and absolutely awesome Cabot Trail and Highlands National Park. Hiking, camping, fishing, sailing tours, whale watching, golfing (on Canada’s number one rated course, the Highland Links), swimming, kayaking, and scenic tours.
Please review the following website for more information
A scenic Acadian settlement an hour and a half from the University. Spectacular scenery and hiking trails, kayaking, swimming and fishing.
Please review the following website for more information http://www.islemadame.com/info/