Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Our visit to Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, started out at 4:15 a.m. with 26 mile RV Caravan from Grand Codroy, Newfoundland, to Port aux Basque, Newfoundland, were we boarded the one hour late ferry and departed around 9 a.m.  This is the shorter (time wise) of the two ferries – about 5.5 hours (compared to our 14 hour crossing three weeks earlier to Newfoundland).  We arrived in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, proceeded 36 miles to the nice city waterfront RV Park in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.  We received a great welcome by the park staff composed of Mary and several local students.

The next day we went to the Fortress of Louisbourg.  This is a very well done reconstruction of the original French fort and town.  The time is the summer of 1744.  Although only about 20 percent of the original buildings are recreated, one gets a very thorough impression of the period and its inhabitants.  "Men, women and children enact the range of society from the leisure activities of the rich to the hard physical labour of the poor." 

Lace Making at Louisbourg NSFrom the visitors center, we were transported by bus over to the site where we were met by our guide.  He took us on a 75 minute waling tour into and through the town.  His knowledge of the history and customs were almost overwhelming.  After the guided tour, we were free to explore the many buildings and structures.  The costumed interpreters were helpful and knowledgeable.  We went to lunch at a common mans restaurant where the only utensil was a pewter spoon. 

Herb, Melitta & 4 pounds of crabAfter visiting the fortress, we returned to the campground and many of us made a side trip to the lighthouse.  Some people picked up crab at a packing house a block down the boardwalk. 

Happy Hour found many of us lined up on the boardwalk next to the bay.  The weather was simply wonderful – comfortable temperatures and sunshine. 

Lyrics and Laughter

In the evening, we had a brief drivers meeting, and then walked a 1/2 block to the Louisbourg Playhouse, where we were treated to a delightful musical and comedic performance called "Lyrics & Laughter" – such a wonderful performance by a young group of performers.

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