Fleeton Year of Adventure travel blog

Hey Stan Rogers fans - the beautiful Mire River in Cape Breton

and the turn off to Marion Bridge

From across the harbour - the mighty Fortress of Louisbourg

The baracks ,clock tower and inner wall

French militiamen interpreters

Our militia(wo)man firing her musket

Looking out over the moat and old town from the barracks walls

In the town, looking at the main fort entrance from the harbour

The lower defenses along the shore - looking at the modern town...

Buying bread at the garrison bakery

One of the fancier gardens within the fort

Having lunch at the inn - only 17th century food and pewterdishes...

Town businesses and the inn serving staff

A servant herding some of the fort's farm animals

Louisbourg lighthouse, across the bay

Coloured leaves at our campsite

We left Sydney in the morning and drove eastwards towards Louisbourg. Along the way we crossed over the Mira River, a beautiful area with lots of coloured leaves. The Fortress of Louisbourg is the Maritimes biggest tourist attraction - it is the rebuilt fort and town originally established by the French in the early 1700s to protect their cod-fishing resources in the Cape Breton area. We were told that the salt cod industry was much more valuable to the European countries than the fur trade ever was, despite what our western-side of the country's teachers told us. Anyway, after being destroyed by the British attacks twice over a hundred years, the place was basically down to a few pieces of buildings and lots of foundations. It was preserved for a park as of the last turn of the century, but at the end of the 1950s it was decided to retrain all the coal miners who were out of work with the closure of the NS coal mines, and they were all put to work rebuilding the fortress and enclosed town. It's a beautiful site with lots to see and do, although not as many costumed interpreters at this time of the year. We had lunch at the town inn, and the small menu consisted only of typical 18Th century food, served on pewter dishes by serving maids, and we were given big bibs to wear around our necks (and the food was good!) When we left we drove over to the lighthouse across the bay, and the foundations were still there from the earlier lighthouses at that point, the first one built by the designer of the fortress. We then drove back across to Sydney, and to our campground south of North Sydney on the Bras D'or Lake (an inland sea).

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