Milan Schipper thought something might be amiss when he got off the plane in a rather chilly Toronto when he was expecting to arrive in sunny Australia.
Nevertheless, there was a connecting flight, although the Air Canada plane did not look as if it was equipped to make the 9,684 mile trip to Sydney, his final destination.
Undaunted he pressed on with his trip.
Alas, his plane landed at Sydney in Nova Scotia, a bustling metropolis of just over 100,000 people which was not exactly bathed in sunshine when he arrived.
In fact, there was a blizzard, which was not the ideal weather for the backpacking trip the 18-year old Dutch student had planned before starting university.
He was hardly dressed for the occasion either, wearing a t-shirt and light jacket.
"The plane was really small and so I figured, would that make it to Australia?" he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
"I saw the flight plan was going to go right, not left. It was about the time that I realized there was another Sydney," he said.
"I felt terrible. I think I [swore] in my head for like 10 minutes. But there was nothing I could do about it because I was already up in the air."
Airport staff took pity on the hapless student, packing him onto a flight back to Toronto and then back home to Holland.
As embarrassed as he might have felt, the student is not the first passenger to have been befuddled by the tale of two Sydneys.
The same thing happened to two British teenagers 15 years ago, an Argentine tourist in 2008, a Dutchman and his grandson in 2009 and an Italian couple in 2010.