Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

A visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg — the largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America — is a series of experiences that set a mood. Ramparts, streets, households and interpreters help to create the look, texture and mood of another century. Cannons on stone ramparts, a busy waterfront tavern and the crackling of a kitchen fire all tell how people of a different age lived and worked. Here we see an iron Fleur de Lis on top of an 18th century period house at the Reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg.
A look at the Old Town, the harbour with the Port of Entry to the town - all reconstructed to exact (as much as possible) replication of the original.
Here is a look at the Kings Bastion and the Chapel. Of course, here is where the governor and other important dignitaries were housed.
A picture perfect look at one of Canada's first Lighthouses across the harbour from the Fort.
A lovely example of a Goblin type tapestry hanging in one of the interior rooms in the governor's quarters. The colour was still amazingly vivid.
Green pastures around the town for the animals to feed. This sheep was SO friendly and extremely cute.
Most of the buildings were made of this wonderful stone. Looks just like the beach rocks we saw on Kennington Cove Beach, just outside the town of Louisbourg.


  1. Lovely pictures! We really wanted to get up there this summer, but time would not permit. The coast of Nova Scotia was such a wonderful treat!

  2. It was an incredible adventure to be sure!
    It is so cool to be there with the costumed workers who inhabit the Fortress - all in period costume.
    We ate in one of the restaurants, for the common folk (as opposed to the one for the RICH) - it was an authentic 18th century meal of soup and cheese and unleavened bread - all served up in pewter!

  3. Hi Tony,
    Thanks for the post about my pillows, and for getting me back to your blog. I've now added it to my blog list - somehow it was missing! And thanks for reminding me about 120 Paintings - my favourite art blog.
    Your trip shots are amazing - thanks for sharing them. Makes me wish I were there. And I went back through the rug show as well. Wow. Love your collection!!! What a great visit I had here this morning!!!!



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