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The Marconi Trail

The linked websites on this page are provided as a starting point for you to explore Cape Breton Island. All content is the sole responsibility of the owner of each website & does not imply agreement by MacKenzie House Tourist Home. Quotes given are from each website describing in their own words the services they offer. Enjoy our Island!

Dining

Governor's Pub & Eatery (Sydney)
"Welcome to Governors Pub & Eatery, a superb Cape Breton seafood restaurant renowned for its fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, home-cooked meals and fabulous, friendly service. Located in the historic home of the first mayor of Sydney, Governors is a mixture of old world in a contemporary, vibrant setting, with two outdoor patios overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour."

Grubstake Restaurant (Louisbourg)
"Every visit to the Grubstake Restaurant will be a superior dining experience for our guests, combining outstanding local food, great value, excellent service and a unique facility to be part of their memorable time spent in Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia."

Kiju's Restaurant (Sydney)
"English translation for "Kiju's" is referring to one's mother. The reason for this name is that our people have always counted on our "Kiju's" for making the best home cooked meals around. We know a meal at our "Kiju's" was always guaranteed to be delicious. Also it would honour all those years in which they have cooked for our families."

Rollie's Wharf (North Sydney)
"Enjoy great food at reasonable prices. Pasta, stir-fry, seafood, sandwiches, great aps and more. And on Friday our succulent sirlion steaks are 2 for 1 after 4pm!!! Live fiddle music every Thursday night featuring locals famous and not so famous musicians. Bring your fiddle and join the fun. Dock your boat right at our adjacent wharf and enjoy your meal on one of patio decks overlooking the atlantic ocean. Open year-round daily from 10:00am-2:00am."

Galleries & Shops

Cape Breton Tartan Fine Things - P.M. Sutherland (New Waterford)
"If you've driven to Cape Breton Island, you've traveled on the causeway. This provides a sense of "I'm home" to Capers returning from a trip or work."

Cape Breton University Art Gallery (Sydney)
"The Gallery is a hub for visual arts activity and education on Cape Breton Island. The first and only full-time public art gallery on the island, the CBU Art Gallery is committed to promoting arts appreciation, visual literacy, and critical scholarship.  By providing members of the university and the community with exposure to a wide variety of artistic practices, the CBU Art Gallery works to broaden and enhance the knowledge, understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of contemporary and historical accomplishments in the visual arts."

Leo MacNeil Designs (Sydney)
"Wood and rock are the materials Leo MacNeil uses in his sculpting. He has lived in Cape Breton all his life and although he did take a painting course during high school, his interest in sculpting is something that he developed on his own."

Museums & Attractions

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design (Sydney)
"The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design exists to promote excellence in the field of craft and design through education, training, exhibitions and special events."

Cape Breton Fossil Centre (Sydney Mines)
"The Fossil Interpretive Centre offers visitors a unique hands-on learning experience. Featuring a large collection of fossils from Cape Breton and elsewhere, visitors get a first-hand look at the past."

Cape Breton Miners' Museum (Glace Bay)
"Situated on one of the most picturesque coasts of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the Miners' Museum pays tribute to the region's long and rich history of coal mining."

Cossit House Museum(Sydney)
"Built in 1787, Cossit House is one of the oldest surviving houses in Sydney and possibly, one of the oldest buildings on Cape Breton Island.  Named for its original owner, Reverend Ranna Cossit, the house depicts 18th-century life and serves as the cornerstone of the city North-end Heritage Conservation District."

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site (Louisbourg)
"Step back in time to 1744! Experience Louisbourg, a thriving seaport and capital of Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island). The Fortress of Louisbourg was one of the busiest harbours in North America and one of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the New World. Today, the Site is an exciting and entertaining lesson in history. Discover its many secrets!"

Marconi National Historic  Site (Glace Bay)
"Late in October 1902, the Royal Italian Navy warship "Carlo Alberto" arrived in Sydney Harbour, arousing intense interest. Not only was the ship festooned with a bizarre array of copper aerials but on board was Signore Guglielmo Marconi, the scientific sensation of the day. Just a year before, on 12 December 1901, on the top of Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland, Marconi had received a Morse code signal from his transmitter in England."

Two Rivers Wildlife Park (Marion Bridge)
"In 1995, the newly named Department of Natural Resources decided to cease its operation of the Park. Rather than see the Park close, the community formed a not-for-profit group to manage the facility. The Two Rivers Development Association is the result of this change in operation. Early in 1996, the Association secured a ten-year lease from the province with an option to renew for ten more years."

Sydney Tar Ponds Agency Tour (Sydney)
"The Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup project has an extensive history that dates back to the 1980s. It is easily the most prominent remediation project in Canada today."

Glace Bay Heritage Museum (Glace Bay)
"The Glace Bay Heritage Museum celebrates a century of change, chronicling the everyday lives of the townsfolk. Anchored by dramatic displays dedicated to the town's founding industries, coal mining and fishing, the Museum is a testament to the struggles and triumphs of its people."

Dominion Heritage School House Museum (Dominion)
"Adjoining Dominion Beach Provincial Park. Schoolhouse (c 1888 - 1896) with a period classroom portraying various aspects of education in the region. Displays depicting the history of the town and of coal mining in eastern Cape Breton."

Fort Petrie Military Museum (New Victoria)
"The Fort Petrie battery was constructed by E.G.M. Cape and Company in 1939-40 at a cost of $105,000 dollars. Fort Petrie was the latest battery manned. It was decommissioned and dismantled in October 1956 more than fifteen years after it saw its first convoy depart."

Beaton Institute Archives (Sydney)
"The Beaton Institute is the official repository for historically significant records of Cape Breton University. Additionally, the Institute is a cultural heritage archive mandated to preserve the social, economic, political and cultural history of Cape Breton Island. It is a centre for local, regional, national and international research and strives to promote inquiry through innovative public programming and community based initiatives."

Cape Breton Centre for Heritage & Science (Sydney)

Jost Heritage House (c1787) (Sydney)
"Once the home of a prominent merchant, The Jost Heritage House (c 1787) located in Sydney on Cape Breton Island shows the evolution of a wooden dwelling over two centuries. The museum features a marine display, an early apothecary and exhibits of local Cape Breton interest."

North Sydney Historical Society (North Sydney)
"Dedicated to the heritage of North Sydney and the Northside."

Sydney Mines Heritage Museum & Fossil Centre (Sydney Mines)
"Sydney Mines is one of eight important fossil sites in Nova Scotia, and is known internationally for excellent examples of plant fossils. Our community showcases the rich deposits found in the Sydney Coalfields. These Coalfields extend 21 miles along the Cape Breton coast dipping under the Atlantic Ocean."

Festivals & Events

Coal Dust Days (New Waterford)
"This year marks the twenty-ninth celebration of the New Waterford Coal Dust Days festivities. The Festival Committee and CBRM Recreation Department are certain that this year’s schedule of events are sure to be exciting for one and all!"

Louisbourg Crab Fest (Louisbourg)
"The Louisbourg Crab Festival is celebrating 20 years in 2012."

Action Week (Sydney)
"Action Week is a nine day long community summer festival featuring activities and fun for the entire family. Includes gigantic kick-off concert, boardwalk busker festival, sports tournaments, night light parade, cultural and historical programs, children's festival, waterfront concerts, fireworks display and much more."

Johnny Miles Festival (Sydney Mines)
"The Johnny Miles Festival is the premiere site for summer entertainment in the town of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. This year's festival is going to match last year with a 5-day event-packed showcase of events. Everything kicks off on Wednesday, August 3rd and wraps up on Sunday, August 7th (with our incredible 3D Fireworks of course!). The town of Sydney Mines will be rockin' with live entertainment, fun, and games for people of all ages."

Golf

Lingan Golf & Country Club (Sydney)
"18-Hole Championship Golf Course"

The Lakes Golf Club (Ben Eoin)
"The Lakes Golf Club is located on Route #4, at Ben Eoin, Cape Breton Island. A mere 15 minute drive from the City of Sydney and just over 1 hour from the Canso Causeway, The Lakes is nestled alongside the picturesque Bras d’Or Lakes – Cape Breton Island’s renowned inland sea."

Beaches

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