The Dragon Wagon

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Fortress of Louisbourg

Another place we definitely wanted to re-visit in Nova Scotia was Parks Canada's reconstruction of part of the French built Fortress of Louisbourg.  This site played a very important role in the early struggles between France and Britain for control of North America.

Our 2008 blog post about the fortress can be seen at:
 Fortress of Louisbourg - 2008

Luckily, a lot of documents about the fortress and its inhabitants have survived.

This 1980s painting by Canadian artist Lewis Parker depicts a busy day in the Louisbourg harbor in August 1744.  The ships depicted were all known to be in the harbor at that time.

The Desroches Tavern just outside the fortress walls

Dried cod was a major commercial enterprise for the area.

An early lobster trap
In this era, lobster was considered trash food only good for poor people and prisoners.

Entering the fortress via the Dauphin Gate

The Frédéric Gate near the harbor was the primary gate used by most people.

Scenes around the town

The kitchen in the residence of the Chief Engineer

A spit jack
(a weight driven mechanism for slowly turning a rotisserie spit)

The armory blacksmith shop

There were several nicely tended gardens.

They also sold traditionally made and baked bread loaves.

A few cannon and cannonballs

This large tripod with a windlass was probably used to hoist the cannon on/off their carriages.

Cabot Trail - East

The Cabot Trail is a popular 300 kilometer (180 mile) loop drive in the northern part of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

While we had done the whole loop in a single day in 2008, we did not think that we would want to try that again.  Since we were staying near North Sydney, Nova Scotia, we decided to drive the part that follows near the eastern coastline and back as a one day trip.  After we relocate our RV to a park on the western side of the island, we plan on driving the part that follows the western coastline.

Views along the drive

The fishing village of Neil's Harbor (our turnaround point for this day)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Newfoundland - Part 11

To finish out our 2017 Newfoundland visit, this post is mostly a random collection of memories of the island.

A popular drink for tourists is Quidi Vidi Brewing's Iceberg beer, made with water from icebergs from Greenland that have drifted to Newfoundland.

Newfoundland lobster research being conducted

The locals call the island "The Rock" for good reason.  There is very little topsoil and very few sandy (or even gravel) beaches.

The residents were pretty creative in dealing with the rocky shoreline.

One of the few sandy beach areas we saw

We found some light four-wheeling on Burnt Cape.

A view of the fishing village of Raleigh from the top of Burnt Cape.

There isn't normally much usable topsoil, but past road construction often left deeper piles of rich soil right next to the roadside.  These areas are used by local folks who plant gardens there during the summer months.

The island's early history included French fishermen.  They often built outdoor bread ovens along the shore.  This is a reproduction of a traditional bread oven from which we sampled fresh baked French bread rolls.

A reproduction of a Chalupa fishing boat used by the French

Moose are not indigenous to Newfoundland, but have prospered since being introduced in 1904.  There are many moose hazard warning signs.

While there is now a huge population, we only spotted about four moose.

A very frequent sight near the coast were piles of lobster and crab traps stacked near the roadways.

We were intrigued by these doorways which have a nickname of "mother-in-law doors".
As part of Newfoundland joining the Confederation, building codes required front and back doors for fire safety, but did not specify that steps were required.  Since the traditional entrance is via a mud-room next to the kitchen, the mandated doors are often left as pictured.

Newfoundland has a huge number of both salt and fresh water bodies of all sizes.  This makes for many picturesque islands.

During our visit we saw lots of different wildflowers, including Fireweed.

Aboard the ferry for our return trip to Nova Scotia
We are amazed at the number of vehicles that these ferries can accommodate!