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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)