Sunday, June 17, 2018

Touring Louisbourg today.....

Our Location: Waterfront Park, Louisbourg, NS

Happy Father's day!!!

Yesterday was a nicer day. The sun shone for part of the day and the temperatures were not quite so cold if you could get out of the wind. It was still a hoodie with a warm sweater or jacket over top kind of day though. 

The other side of the harbour from where we are parked.

 We started the day off with a short drive out to Lighthouse Point which is across the harbour from our location. The road is narrow and twisty but paved for part of the way, after that it gets pretty rough with lots of pot holes and gravel roads. 
As seen from a pull off spot with a little walking path. 

 We pulled off at a small park with a walking path which lead us out to the point. The views were excellent, we could see for a long way out into the Atlantic Ocean. The waves while not apparent when looking out at the waters surface crashed below us with a great deal of force. Enough to toss a bit of water into the air as it met the rocks. We could see numerous fishing boats out around the outer islands. One of the outer islands was used at a Battery Island during the time of the French/British escapades back in the mid 1700's.

Of course the lighthouse at Lighthouse Point.

A few cars were parked out here but the winds were brutal and we didn't stay long. Would be a nice area if there was no wind or at least a warm wind. 

 Our next stop was back in the actual town of Louisbourg where we stopped at the Train Museum. An interesting little stop with a couple of models on display, some interesting books that once belonged to the railroad where also on display. The wages were pretty low back in those days. 

The station house.

One of the cars, pretty long isn't it?

Our next stop was out past the town to the fort of Louisbourg, appropriately called Fort Louisbourg. It was destroyed by the British when they left in the 1700's but the plans were all preserved and in the mid 1900's a portion of the place was rebuilt to exact standards and locations according to the plans, even down to the bread ovens and ash pits that ran under the street. 
Looking down the main street area toward the harbour.

Sorry for the blurry picture I was far away but it's the Pied Piper.

It's pretty impressive stone walls.

A view from one of the cannon openings.

This allowed defenders to check on the moat and draw bridge over the moat without any worry of being seen.

This is the view from the above picture.

The drawbridge over the moat.

They kept turkeys back in the day. 

All workers at the fort were in period dress and spoke as they did back then. Everything was done as it would have been back in the day including cutting the wood to warm the houses and used at the bakery. A buck saw to cut hundreds of cords of wood that would be used each day just to keep the bakery working. They made 300 loaves a day, each and every day. A 6 pound loaf for the soldiers would last 3 to 4 days. 
A look along the water front main street.

Sleeping quarters for the soldiers. One big bed from all to wall.

 Wooden shoes, hand tools, wheel barrows, etc all authentically made and used each day here. The animals as well only those that would have been present back in the day. The fort is an experience that should be savoured and if in the area again I would certainly return for another tour. Too much information for one visit but truly a friendly place. Oh, a young black smith apprentice is single and looking for a wife, if you should know anyone that would be interested. He would be quite the catch, his father is the Master Blacksmith and this son will be taking over at some point. Hahaha

Dining room in the King's Bastion.  

A very good day but cold, we were glad to get home out of the wind. Today we move on to the town of North Sydney where we will await the arrival of sister Jan on Wednesday. We were hoping to move inland away from the water for a couple of days but couldn't find any parks in this area that aren't on the water so I guess we have a few more days of this wind. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed the pictures.

A soldier from back in the day.

 Until next time.... take care, be safe, 


A few sights ......

Our Location: Waterfront Park, Louisbourg, NS

We’ve had more rain, more cold and of course more wind. The cold was very cold, we ran a heater for a few hours. We were down in the low digits, a temp of 42F/5C was the order of the a couple of days. A nice sunny day here and there but the cold winds no matter how well bundled you are seem to be the culprit. Grandfather called them a lazy wind because they are to lazy to go around you so they go right through you.

A house in Sydney.
We journeyed into North Sydney for a couple of reasons, one was laundry, we were all in need. We found only two laundromats, and used the second as it the best of the two choices. Vogue Cleaners on Prince Street was the lucky winner. All top loaders with small drums, not meant for large loads, small dryers as well. It cost us $30 to do laundry instead of our regular $16- 20. Not the cleanest place we’ve done laundry but at least we got our clothes washed, dried and folded. Two very small folding tables that wouldn’t take a towel fully laid out didn’t add any ease to doing the laundry. However, we managed and moved on. Our next stop was to find a garbage dumpster, which we didn’t find. We also had some donation clothes to drop in a box which we didn’t find either. A propane tank to be filled was also on the list, which didn’t get accomplished. We did manage to find the NFL ferry terminal and make inquires as to time, luggage, etc for walk on passengers. Friendly fellow behind the desk was helpful and a bit of a joker as well.

Some interesting colours.
Leaving the ferry terminal we went in search of a Chinese Buffet. Do you know the city/town of Sydney, Nova Scotia has no such thing. Even though they are listed as Buffet there were none to be found. We opted to head home as the two main things on our list was completed. The rain and wind made any other outings a bad idea and so we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening hanging out.

I was surprised to see the flat top house.
Friday dawned over cast with some wind gusts making themselves known. We were all up and mobile by 8 am with sister Jan making sure she had everything she needed for her few days in Newfoundland with her daughter Brittany and son in law Kevin. Around 9 am we headed out to the ferry terminal in North Sydney with a stop to get a couple little things for sister dearest. A few drops of rain greeted us once again as pulled into the Ferry Terminal but soon the sun broke through and the day became quite nice except of course for the cold wind. We dropped sister off at the Walk On Passenger terminal shortly after 10 am, gave hugs and said our goodbyes as she heads off on an adventure without us. The ride should be about 5-6 hours to Porte Aux Basque, NFL where her family will meet her, they apparently live just 2 minutes walking time from the dock. The sailing time was set for 11:45 am, and it left on time. Riley and I set off to see Sydney.

One of the many ferries at the Ferry Terminal in North Sydney.
We managed to fill the Dog Sled’s bowl with fuel at $1.29 per litre, where we chatted with a nice young fellow from Montreal who moved to Nova Scotia for the weather. Not sure that was a good move but oh well. Next we drove by a number of little parks but they had no parking available so we didn’t stop. We found a clothing donation box and managed to make a deposit. Next we decided we’d had enough of Sydney and headed home toward Louisbourg stopping on the way to get a big tank filled with propane and the nice fellow told us we could drop our garage in their garbage shed. He also gave us some tips on our future travels along the Cabot Trail. How sweet is that?

The Atlantic Ferry Terminal.
Now with all the errands complete we were home around 2 pm. The sun was out, the fellows were working on the dock and there was of course regular small town noises. We’ve found it very quiet here at nights. Tonight will be our last night and today our day to actually tour here in town. We’ve been too busy to do it before except a drive through on our arrival.

A little parkette in North Sydney with no where to park a car.
The town of Louisbourg is very quaint, small town fishing village with it’s the typical atmosphere. The houses are close to the street, packed tightly together, lots of churches every where, lobster traps and crab pots line the docks and old lobster traps seem to be the main decorating tool here on the coast. Louisbourg is very clean, very neat, well maintained, inviting. There is a Fort here that we will be touring today, a train station also calls us, and we will be driving out around the point to Lighthouse Point as well. I think after that we will have seen what we wanted to see and be ready to move on. I would definitely stay here again for a short time but I’m not sure there would be much reason to return after this trip. Sydney is a disappointment. I realize we are here during a late spring that is mostly over cast but Sydney is what I would call a pretty rough place. Parts of it I’m sure are lovely but we didn’t see many of those parts. Most of the city/town is grungy, dirty looking, and while not littered with debris it gives the feeling of grime. Plenty of greenery and some flowers but they don’t seem able to cut through the dingy appearance. People are friendly but not overly. There are no public places to put garbage such as a parkette or town centre, we noted very few garbage cans on the streets. Even with all the rain we’ve experienced there is just some grunge that does not wash off. Sydney is more of a run down seaport than a thriving town. If not for the ferry terminal I’m not really sure why one would go to Sydney. No offense to anyone.

A residential street in Sydney.
These of course are just my own opinions although both Jan and Riley have echoed these thoughts. The views are lovely, the sights are of course very interesting to us, as we’re not used to seeing vast stretches of this kind of coast line. The colourful boats, houses and building are eye catching and remind me of the Caribbean Sea area where bright primary colours are abundant. The thing that catches me the most is the blue of the water. It’s not a colour I can describe but it’s breath taking as it changes hues before your eyes. Inland we are reminded of Ontario a great deal. An interesting trip for certain.

All of the fishing boats have gone out, just a sail boat left here in Louisbourg at the docks by the Igloo.
Sister will return on Wednesday and we will once again begin travelling with everything depending on the weather.  We will just have to wait and see what comes along. Riley and I will be doing the couple small tours today and pulling out tomorrow heading further north and closer to the Cabot Trail. I’m not convinced we’ll do the whole trail, perhaps just half but again we’ll see how things go when we get started.

We are parked just out of the picture on the right.
Hope you’ve enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by.

A house up the hill from our parking spot.
Until next time ….. take care, be safe,


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pictures from last nights walk......

Our Location: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
Rain today, laundry day and a few other little things on tap. Thought I'd post last nights pictures from our walk on the boardwalk and around a couple of blocks of the town. The harbour is literally out our front door.


Lobster traps on one of the boats.

Guy was trying out his sailboat.

This is actually a model in the window of a building and you can see the reflections of the houses across the street.

Information Centre.

This guy was tacking back and forth along the harbour.

Fish processing plant just down the wharf from our location.

Can you see us nestled in there?

Caught this behind us on our walk. 

I hope you enjoyed the pictures!!

Until next time...take care, be safe,