Sailing along the east coast of Nova Scotia and waters along the north Maine coast (the later, weather permitting). Sailing in this region is the most beautiful experience you'll have on the east coast of the United States. Scenery is spectacular.
Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Founded in 1785, Sydney was first settled by English Loyalists fleeing New York State at thew time of the American Revolution. In the early 1800's, the population grew with immigration from Scotland.
Sydney is Nova Scotia's third largest city, and a major industrial center with a population over 25 thousand.
Sydney and the surrounding areaa of Cape Breton became industrialized, with a steel mill and coal mines at the beginning of the 20th century.
Sydney has several 18th century buildings and many 19th century structures. There are monuments and plaques comemorating some of the city's famous people and events along the Esplanade, the street paralleling the waterfront. Across the Esplanade from Government Wharf, is the old stone St. Patrick's Church Museum, the oldest (1828) Catholic Church on Cape Breton, which has a collection of early Sydney artifacts. From here you can take a guided walking tours of the historic north end.
Sailing the east coast of Nova Scotia
Lunenburg was established in 1753 as the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. These early settlers were from various parts of Germany, Switzerland, and the Montbeliard region of France. They followed in the footsteps of earlier Mikmaq and Acadian inhabitants in the area.
A vibrant economy was built on farming, fishing, ship building and ocean-based commerce, particularly in the West Indies trade.
A view from Lunenburg's beautiful waterfront today will take in many of these established marine industries, including deep sea trawlers, fish processing plants, foundries making marine hardware, marine railways hauling vessels for construction and repair, wooden boat building, and more.
A diversified economy based on the fisheries, tourism and manufacturing has become firmly entrenched in Lunenburg. The town offers visitors many architectural delights. Houses, businesses, churches and public buildings from the late 1700s and particularly early 1800s are still being used today. The Town's German heritage has been maintained and promoted and the history of the fishing industry has been captured in the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
In 1992, the Government of Canada designated "Old Town" Lunenburg as a National Historic District. In 1995, the World Heritage Committee, under the auspices of UNESCO, recognized Lunenburg's cultural and natural heritage by adding it to their World Heritage List.