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Jun 15, 2017 - Monsieur Begot, you are a cad!

Fortress Louisbourg day again as we made our way back to revisit this fascinating re-creation. This time we parked near the town of Louisbourg and were bussed to the main gate. As you travel by bus around the bay you see the immense fortress standing by the harbour – quite an impressive sight. A couple of fishermen in costume welcomed us and lead us into their home, which was furnished and finished in the 1730’s style with dirt floors. With a nice fire going in the huge fireplace it was warm & inviting. These fellows are hilarious as they...

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Aug 16, 2015 - back on the continent

Our normal caravan departure procedure is for the wagon master to announce when he is leaving and then we have a two hour window after that when we leave as we feel ready. It is not kind to our fellow man, if we all leave together and clog up the roads, especially when they are mostly two lane. A few folks travel as two-somes, but usually we dribble out of the campground with long spaces between us. Occasionally we all gang up on a a shopping center, but even then we come and go at our own pace. But today the ferry wanted us to all arrive...

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Jul 9, 2015 - Louisbourg

My next stay was in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. This is another destination campground. I'm on the northeastern coast of Nova Scotia more than an hour's drive from the nearest highway. It's impossible to be on your way to or from anyplace else. But, unlike all of the other campgrounds that I've visited on this trip, there are no seasonal campers here. It's a small campground right on the ocean. The camp sites are incredibly small. My site is only 6" wider than my rig. It's even smaller than the area I had at the rally-style camping at the...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Louisbourg Fortress

August 18 – Time to go to the Louisbourg Fortress. We are going on an especially good day because today they are also celebrating the Acadian’s 300 anniversary at the Fortress of Louisbourg. Modern day Cape Breton Island was founded 300 years ago with Louisbourg as its capital. It was a fortress – not a fort – meaning it was a walled city. It was built and inhabited by the French from 1713 to about 1745 when the English invaded and took over the Fortress. Anyone who would not recognize the King of England was deported back to France...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

August 18, 2013 Ferry from Port Aux Basque, NL to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. It was a short 26 mile drive to the ferry terminal in Port Aux Basque. We have to arrive 2 hours before departure to insure that our reservation is not given to someone else. They are still one ferry short from the ferry that ran into the dock in Port Aux Basque the day after we arrived by ferry in Argentia on July 30. The took the damaged ferry to Halifax, nova Scotia for repairs, moved one of the ferries from Argentia so there is a backup of ferry service in both...

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Aug 16, 2013 - Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

August 16- Moving on today to Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Only about 121 miles so not a bad trip. Some people have asked about Sage – she is doing really well. Since we are making short trips she is not in the truck too long and while we are there for 3 days she is able to get plenty of rest. The problem will be when we start for home – that will be some long days and she won’t be happy – me neither. Anyway, the campground is small but it is right on a bay so a very nice spot. We drove around town –it took about 15 minutes – very small...

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Aug 12, 2013 - Louisbourg, NS

Arrive at Louisbourg Nova Scotia after our 6 hour ferry ride a crossed from Newfoundland. Here for two nights. We spent the day at the Fort. Then to the lighthouse and Railroad Museum. On to the Louisbourg Playhouse tonight for some music and fun stuff.

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Jun 16, 2013 - Fortress of Louisbourg & Louisbourg Lighthouse

Today we car pooled to the Fortress of Louisbourg, a National Historic site of Canada. It is an 18th century French fortress located at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia that is celebrating its 300th anniversary. The original settlement was founded in 1713 and developed over several decades into a thriving center for fishing and trade. It was 3 miles around and had a population of about 3,000 people. Trade winds blew directly from Europe to this area and the port was ice-free year round with the harbor being 90 feet deep. The...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Living the dream

I want to thank everyone for their comments and support for our adventure. It has been great. This is what we have dreamed about and we are living it. Our adventure for today is at the top of our trip so far. Louisbourg has been an exceptional place to be. Pictures can't do it justice as to the mystic of this place. First we visited the oldest lighthouse in Canada, Louisbourg Lighthouse. What a spectacular view in all directions. The breaking waves and the contour of the rock formation along the shore line made for a beautiful setting. We...

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Sep 12, 2012 - Louisbourg, NS

We decided to stay the morning in Halifax and tour the area while we were here. We drove to the historical district by the harbour. For us it was a disappointment. Not much to see or do. There was two cruise ships in port with tons of people. We quickly left. I almost side-swiped a car in a traffic circle trying to change lanes. It was so close I thought we had touched. I had to go around twice to get to the right lane. This circle had 3 lanes fully loaded with cars and it had 4 exits. I was in the inside lane and needed to get out on the...

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Aug 30, 2012 - Cape Breton: Louisbourg

Day 18, August 30, 2012, Cape Breton: Louisbourg (6 photos)

Spent the day visiting the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a reconstruction of 50 of the original buildings, down to the last nail and shingle, based on historical records. This fortress, with those at Montreal and Quebec, was a key in the French defense in North America. The site is well-staffed with interpreters who reconstruct life in 1744 when the fortress was at its height, just before it’s capture by the English. Their approach is unusual in that the...

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Aug 29, 2012 - Cape Breton: Bras d’Or Trail

Day 17, August 29, 2012, Cape Breton: Bras d’Or Drive (5 photos) Continued around Cape Breton on Cabot Trail. Left Cape Breton National Park and continued to follow the Artisan Trail Map. Stopped at Wildfire Pottery, a major objective toward which we had driven 2,623 miles. Purpose; to purchase a pottery Puffin; result, sold out for the season. Next door, however, was an establishment of glass artisans from whom Sue made several purchases. Had hoped to see Puffins but learned that they all leave land in mid-August after hatching their...

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