Well, it’s the end of our shore excursion in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Overall, today was a fun day! However, when looking at a Canada and New England cruise itinerary, this port would not be on my list for “must visit.” Reason being, there is not a lot of things to do for cruise ship passengers. Just my opinion of course. Though, I do think the town is beautiful and charming!
The tour we did was through Norwegian Cruise Line though most other cruise lines also offer this tour. The shore excursion was called, “The Heart of the Island” and here the tour description from NCL’s website:
“Ciad Mile Failte” – a hundred thousand welcomes await you! Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland and nowhere is this more evident than on Cape Breton Island. This picturesque excursion takes you to the very heart of the island. You’ll see some of the Island’s most dynamic scenery, weaving a route through rugged countryside, touching the shores of the famous Bras d’Or Lakes. Known as the “Great Inland Sea”, as the lakes are salt water, this region is a major breeding ground for bald eagles and other wildlife.
As your tour progresses, you’ll stop at the center of Cape Breton Island, Hectors’ Point, Iona and visit the Nova Scotia Highland Village, a 50 acre historical site overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. Take a journey through 180 years of Cape Breton’s Scottish architecture, hosted by costumed staff, trained in conversational Gaelic and local history. Here, you’ll view a full size replica of a Scottish Blackhouse, a one room structure occupied by the first Scottish settlers in the region and the only one of its kind in North America. A hilltop panoramic view offers a beautiful blend of land, sky and water. Enjoy tea or coffee and oatcakes before returning to your ship.”
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