Sunday, July 27, 2008

Day 92: Louisbourg & Glace Bay

Location: Louisbourg, NS & Glace Bay, NS
Date: Friday, July 25

I decided to take a drive to check out the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. It was a beautiful day, but I was surprised at how busy the place was. It took two shuttle buses to get to the site.

As it turns out, this weekend involved celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the fortress! So the place was packed. People from all over North America had driven there to set up camp, dressing up and living like the days of old.

This Indian was bent over like this for a long while. I decided to take a picture... It spawned the saying "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" :)

Special events were planned for the whole weekend - I was there to catch some dancing.

The Fortress is the largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America. The government undertook this project in the sixties as a way to generate jobs for cape bretoners. It was originally erected by the French in 1719. Back then Louisbourg was a thriving seaport and capital of Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island). Just like pretty near every French fortification I've visited on my trek, it fell to the British twice, in 1745 and 1758.

There were tons of animals too: sheep, pigs, roosters, turkeys and ducks.

Two hours after I'd arrived, the fog had rolled in!

Rachelle, Levi & I headed out to Mike's Place for the Friday night wings & fries special. Then I was off to Glace Bay for the "Edge of the Earth" hip-hop show at the North Street Club!

It was all the same folks that played at the Thursday night show at Bunkers. They had a light system and a smoke machine curtesy of Mr. Gary Boudreau!

The turnout was a bit small, but everyone had a blast! Especially the CBLA girls!

Afterwards a huge pool party ensued at Mista Mack's place. It was a blast... I was asleep in my van by 5:30 am.


At October 27, 2008 12:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

irate caper warning: you fucked up the dates!!! majorly.

Louisbourg - erected 1614, not 1714; therefore 17thC fortress. and it's set up to resemble the fortress in its heyday, of the 1640's and 50's.



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