Barb's Retirement travel blog

Entrance to the Fortress

View of the Fortress

It was soooo cold

Interpreters at the Fortress

Lighthouse Point across the bay

Rock painting near the lighthouse

Lighthouse in Baddeck

Yesterday we toured the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia. It was cold – in the 50s – and I didn’t wear enough clothes, so it was a little uncomfortable for me. But Nancy was prepared, so here are her comments:

Today was amazing! We visited a French 18th Century reconstructed fortress within a town/village on the original site called Louisbourg. I absolutely loved it! It is North America's largest historical reconstruction. Lots of people dressed in period clothing -- common people and soldiers with lots of events during the day -- cannon firing, children's dancing, public punishment reenactment, fife and drum marching, etc. Several buildings had people who gave the history and culture of that time period. It was a self sustaining seaport town that included a soldiers’ quarters and a church that was totally surrounded by a fortress. You can learn more about the Fortress at

Afterwards, we toured a lighthouse across the bay and saw a beautiful “rock painting” on the way. Then we went into the town of Baddeck and took pictures of another lighthouse.

Several people have commented on the German tour bus we saw a few days ago, so I have researched it and found these links:

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