Day #206 – History, food, and drink in Cape Breton

LOCATION:  Near Sydney, Nova Scotia in SE part of Cape Breton
CAMPGROUND:  Mira River Provincial Park.
WEATHER:  Finally some sunshine.  Breezy.   High 62

Today’s big event was touring the Fortress of Louisbourg.  We took the coastal, scenic route around Mira Gut. The famous Canadian singer Anne Murray sang a song about the Mira Gut.

The fortress was a huge French settlement in the early 1700s.  It took 20 years to build the fortress and town, and then the English came in the mid-1700s, attacking the French, and destroying everything.  It is now a national historical landmark.  They have done a lot to excavate the area and to rebuild it to look like it once was.  Here is the fortress from above….

Park Service employees dress in period dress and provide historical info for us tourists as we go through the different buildings – barracks for the soldiers, residences for the senior officials, inns, storerooms, etc.  This is the view of the rebuilt community from the top of the fortress…

It was a bit brisk with some strong winds, so it was nice to end the tour with a stop at the cozy tavern, out of the wind.  Here is the barmaid….

And here we are, enjoying our drinks….

You can see a musician behind Tony….

Back at the campground, we got ready for a night out on the town.  We went to Governors Pub and Eatery in Sydney for drinks and dinner.  It is a well-known, popular pub.  We were a bit disappointed that Cape Breton ceilihs (Cape Briton typical music) was not playing, but still enjoyed the good singer. 

Each couple shared a wood-fired pizza; ours was 4-cheese, and was one of the best I’ve ever had. 

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