About North Sydney:
Situated in the Heart of North Sydney overlooking the Sydney harbor, downtown North Sydney is the center of business, culture and entertainment.With a thriving commercial center, Downtown North Sydney has it all: unique shops offering everything from clothing to North Sydney made gifts, professional and financial services and local government offices. The main waterfront downtown gives access to Marine Atlantic (New Foundland Ferry), Banks, accomodations, restaurants, libraries, churches, parks, auto services, as well as beachs, North Sydney Historical Society Museum, Visitor Information Centre, and of course our annual Bartown Festival that provides entertainment for all young and old.
North Sydney was settled as early as 1785 by European and Loyalist settlers. The community has traditionally been a seaport throughout it's history, dominated by it's relationship with the sea, and being a major transport point for the nearby coal industry that was quickly developing. The first ferry service to Newfoundland was started from North Sydney in 1898, a service carried on today by Marine Atlantic. Around the 1800's, the town was affectionately known as Bar Town, due to the large sand bar at Indian Beach that made it's way deep into the harbour. By the turn of the century, the community had reached it's peak of growth and activity. The fishery has also played a vital role in the local economy. In addition to the fishplants along the waterfront, many inshore and offshore fleets have hailed North Sydney as home. In fact, it was the largest ferry port in Canada dealing in ocean going vessels.