Fortress Louisburg

Chris & I had a great visit to the Fortress of Louisburg today.  We got there at 10 am and spent the whole day.  There is just so much to see.  We could easily have spent another day.  Because it is still early in the tourism year, crowds were small today.  I don`t think there were more than 150 people in the Fort while we were there.   Please click on the title of this entry for a link to the fortress’s website.  Definitely a must see when on Cape Breton.
The Fortress of Louisbourg (in French, Forteresse de Louisbourg) is a Canadian National Historic Site and the location of a partial reconstruction of an 18th century French fortress.  The original fortress, constructed mainly between 1720 and 1740, was one of the most extensive (and expensive) European fortifications constructed in North America. It suffered key weaknesses, since its design was directed solely toward sea-based assaults, leaving the land-facing defenses relatively weak. Captured by British colonists in 1745, it was a major bargaining chip in the negotiations leading to the 1748 treaty ending the War of the Austrian Succession and was returned to French control. It was captured again in 1758 by British forces in the Seven Years’ War, after which it was systematically destroyed by British engineers.  The fortress and town were partially reconstructed in the 1960s, using some of the original stonework and providing jobs for unemployed coal miners in the area. The site is now operated by Parks Canada as a living history museum.
Entrance Gate to Fortress
French Declaration of War in 1744
Chris On Mantel
Commandant’s Desk
Period Actor in Costume
Tatting Lace by hand
Blacksmith
Antique Lock on Door
One last photo for you below which is a bit of a joke between Chris & I.  We walked into this restaurant, one of many at the fortress, and Chris saw the chalkboard to her right.  Note the first line, “Thé ou Café”.  This is French for tea or coffee.  Chris not thinking in French, even though she does quite well in French, thought the sign read, “The Ou Cafe”.  We both had a good laugh over that one.  Love you babe!
We are heading back to Greenwood in the morning.  Cape Breton has been wonderful.  We will follow Hwy 4 around the east side of Bras d’Or Lakes and back to Port Hawkesbury.