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Named after the Grand Chief Membertou (1510-1611) the community of Membertou belongs to the greater tribal group of the Mi’kmaw Nation. Membertou is situated 3 kms from the heart of the city of Sydney, Nova Scotia, within its tribal district of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). It is one of five Mi’kmaw communities in Cape Breton, and one of thirteen in the Province of Nova Scotia. Membertou is an urban First Nation community consisting of over 1400 people, and one of five communities that make up the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, with a total population of over 115,000.
Membertou is located 3 km from downtown Sydney, NS. Currently, there are three main roads into the community; Membertou Street, located off of Alexander Street in Sydney. Churchill Drive which runs between George Street and Kings Road. And thirdly, Towerview Drive, which is also located off Alexander Street.
J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport is located in Sydney, NS. Regional. Flights from Halifax and Toronto with Air Canada and Westjet are available.
Daily flights to Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport. Once arriving in Halifax, Membertou is a 4 hour drive north.
If coming from Newfoundland Ferry, Membertou is 25 minute drive.
If driving from the south into Cape Breton, you will cross the Canso Causeway. From there it is a 1 hour 45 minute drive to Membertou.