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Aug 19, 2018 - Louisbourg

August 18, Saturday We left Cheticamp around 9 am, headed down to Louisbourg. It is only a 198 K drive so we were there by 2 pm. Around 5:30 pm we went over to a local hotel to celebrate at "Beggars Banquet". Everyone dresses in period costumes, tables are family style so you get to make friends with strangers that you have dinner with. It is a crazy fun night for all. Started raining around 4 pm and continued all night, clearing by 9 am just in time for some more sightseeing. August 19, Sunday Started the day at a local restaurant, we had...

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Jul 25, 2018 - Tour of Louisbourg Fortress

Another bus ride. This time to travel to and tour the Canada National Historic Site, “Fortress of Louisbourg”, which is the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Originally the fortress was established and constructed to protect Frances’ interests in the new world and to serve as the center of the massive French fishing industry. French interests had moved to Louisburg from other areas, such as Plaisance in Newfoundland, (re: July 23, above) for this protection. Originally begun in 1914 the fortress fell under siege to the...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Louisbourg, Cape Breton

July 1st Last minute change of plans; we decide to forgo the 3rd night in St. Peter’s and head further up the Island instead to see the Fortress at Louisbourg and luckily we were able to get one night stay at the Provincial Park at Mira nearby. The Fort was a fitting place to be on Canada Day as it is a magnificent reconstruction of one of the original large French settlements from the early 1700’s. The Fort was destroyed by the British when they determined it was no longer a strategic position. Reconstruction was only possible because of...

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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, 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 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 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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