Located in beautiful Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, one of the most scenic areas in the world. Fitzgerald's is ideally located on Highway 105 near Kelly's Mountain overlooking the breathtaking Bras d'Or Lakes.
We are between Sydney and the Cabot Trail with a beautiful view! Visit us as part of your trip - we'll help if we can! And feed you at the same time.
We are just a short 20 minute drive from the Newfoundland Ferry in North Sydney, Nova Scotia (on the way to the Cabot Trail!) and a 30 minute drive from Sydney, Nova Scotia where many cruise ships visit yearly. We are 20 minutes from Baddeck and 60 minutes from Ingonish - make us a part of your travel plans and we'll gladly direct you to other destinations on our beautiful Island.
Our staff are all local people with long service in the food industry. We've experienced the marvels of Cape Breton and would like to share them with you. We are all friendly and care about serving you professionally and promptly. We provide a family atmosphere and are interested in getting to know our guests.
"We wish we could take you home with us"
-- Ruth and Ray, ON.
Roddie and Hilary Fitzgerald are both from Cape Breton. They opened Fitzgerald's in 2006 as part of their life dream. Roddie worked for one of the largest fine dining restaurants in Cape Breton for over 25 years before opening his own restaurant. He is proud of the training and dedication he learned over the years pleasing guests from many parts of the world - learning that enjoyment of food starts with the appearance and ends with divine taste and experience of superb service. Hilary supports her husband's dreams while maintaining a full time position with a reputable engineering firm in Sydney. She can often be found helping out when not dedicated to her very demanding career.
The Fitzgerald name is a very old name in Cape Breton. Roddie's parents are from the Highlands of Cape Breton Island; his father, Neil, from Smelt Brook and his mother, Rose MacKinnon, from Cape North. Boatbuilding and fishing were very much a part of Roddie's life. He fondly remembers many traditional kitchen parties with his parents and Winston Fitzgerald.
Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald was the man who set the standard for Cape Breton fiddling. Scotty's recording career began with 78's in the late 1940's and his trio continued to record some of the most influential fiddle music to come out of Cape Breton and Roddie's kitchen.
Smelt Brook is a close community with a breathtaking view of the ocean and surrounding area - there isn't a view that won't catch your breath! If you are looking for pure beauty in the ocean Smelt Brook has it. It is Northern Cape Breton past past Dingwall, NS. A visit is recommended!
Originally a "Smith" from Sydney, Hilary is the daughter of Gary Smith and Elaine Smith. Her Grandparents, Ernie and Bert Smith were both from Antigonish, NS. Hilary spent every summer of her life in Ingonish, NS on the Cabot Trail where her mother Elaine was born and her Grandmother and Grandfather, Myrtle and Ben Hardy, owned and operated a small fishing company "The Trap". Hilary helped her Grandfather hang cod and rummage through the old barn on lazy summer days.
Visit Ingonish and marvel at the coastlines with smooth sandy beaches and a completely relaxing atmostphere. We highly recommend you spend a few days discovering one of the oldest fishing villages around. Golfing is at its best and waterfalls can be seen on many hikes.