Hotel at a Glance: Days Inn Sydney Nova Scotia
Days Inn Sydney Nova Scotia overlooks Sydney Harbor’s sparkling waters, about a mile from the city’s historic downtown. It’s a good jumping-off point for exploring Cape Breton Island—you’re within an hour’s drive of the scenic Cabot Trail, Bras d’Or Lake, and charming seaside villages. Before setting off in the morning, fuel up on a free continental breakfast with items including fruit, waffles, bagels, cereal, and freshly brewed coffee.
- In-room amenities: Some guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, microwave, mini refrigerator, and free WiFi
- Go swimming in the hotel’s indoor pool and hot tub.
- Pet friendly: Up to two pets are welcome in each room, free of charge.
- Easy day trip: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, known for its spectacular cliffs and canyons, is located less than a two hour drive north of the hotel.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia: Remote and Scenic Island in Atlantic Canada
According to local legend, when inventor Alexander Graham Bell first visited Cape Breton Island, he declared: “For simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.” Nova Scotia’s northernmost land mass, Cape Breton Island is known for its scenic seascapes and outdoor recreation. You can see much of the island on the Cabot Trail, a scenic 186-mile (300-km) drive that circles the northern cape and winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Be sure to get out of the car and stretch your legs on a hike, such as the 5-mile Acadian trail, which rewards trekkers with panoramic vistas of the coastline.
History buffs will want to make a stop at Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site, an 18th-century fort that was once occupied by the French. Today, it’s a living history museum, with re-enactors in period garb who perform military drills and work three 1700s-era restaurants.