Sydney River, Nova Scotia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sydney River (2021 pop.: 455) is a community in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Regional Municipality.


The community is located at the southern end of Sydney Harbour's South Arm at the mouth of the Sydney River, from which it derives its name. Sydney River is at the interchange between Highway 125 and Trunk 4.


Sydney River was once rural, but became more urban throughout the decades. The town developed into a suburb during the 1960s-1970s.

Sydney River has seen commercial development with the construction of a shopping centre, grocery stores and restaurants.

On May 7, 1992, three employees were murdered and one permanently disabled during a robbery at a McDonald's restaurant.


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Sydney River had a population of 455 living in 170 of its 176 total private dwellings, a change of 24% from its 2016 population of 367. With a land area of 6.68 km2 (2.58 sq mi), it had a population density of 68.1/km2 (176.4/sq mi) in 2021.[1]


  1. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and designated places". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.

Coordinates: 46°6′14.1″N 60°13′45.42″W / 46.103917°N 60.2292833°W / 46.103917; -60.2292833