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Old 09-08-2015, 07:19 AM   #1
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Fort at Louisburg, Nova Scotia- Must see?

We will be on Cape Breton this week for the Cabot Trail. Before heading towards Halifax, we are thinking of heading over to Louisburg to see the fort.
Will take two days from Scheduled trip but if this is a must see, willing to take the side trip.
Any comments are welcome. Thanks, Tim
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If you like old historical re-enactments then Louisburg is a must see. It is large enough to devote a full day to it.
When doing the trail try to leave the MH in Baddeck. Some of the hills are very steep on the trail and it will be easier to pull into the view points with a toad. If you have to take the MH around the trail do it counter clockwise and then take Route 19 back down to the causeway. The scenery is very beautiful in that part of Cape Breton, especially around Margaree and Mabou. There are a lot of good beaches on the west coast where the water is warm unlike the Atlantic side.
PM me if you want more info about Cape Breton. We just got back from there and go almost every year.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:02 PM   #3
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Thanks Gary

Taking the ferry from PEI to NS then leaving mh in provincial park. Most likely doing the trail in one day due to time constraints.
Still undecided on fort.
What are recommended highlights of Nova Scotia?
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We think the views and history of the fort are outstanding and not to be missed. Access to the fort from the visitor center is by park shuttle so you can concentrate on the approaching view which is breathtaking. You may think you are in medieval France. We have been there once and will certainly visit again if we find ourselves in that area.
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If the weather is poor then skip the trail and just do Baddeck (Graham Bell Museum) and Louisburg.
There is a lot more to do in Cape Breton but it sounds like you are pressed for time.
Back on the mainland you could check out the following:
Halifax - waterfront, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Spring Garden Rd. shops, Citadel etc
Going south try to leave MH around Halifax:
Peggy's Cove - lots of bus parking there
The drive around St. Margaret's Bay on 333 is very nice
Take Hwy 3 along to Chester and have lunch on the deck of the Rope Loft
From there go along to Lunenburg - A UNESCO World Heritage site
Going north from Halifax take Hwy 101 up to the Annapolis Valley to Windsor
Get on the local Hwy 1 and follow it through Wolfville, Kentville, Berwick etc towards Annapolis Royal and Port Royal. There are a lot of things to see in this area and the fall produce will be on display in the markets.
End up in Digby where you can have famous Digby scallops
I hope you like seafood as it is well cooked in any restaurant you will come across.
From Digby you can take the ferry to St. John New Brunswick and cut off a lot of driving on the way home.
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We loved Louisburg. The traditional historic meal we had there was also very good.

I hope you have the Hopewell Rocks and Bay of Fundy in your schedule. Walking on the beach then watching the tide rapidly re-cover it - and a lot more real estate - was fascinating.

Absolutely beautiful area up there. Hope to go back some day but we still have so many places we haven't been to once yet, that our repeat trips are becoming more rare.
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Well folks, Never Made it to Louisburg

The Mrs. got an email from our daughter with pictures of our granddaughters in their new dance costumes and she said NO FORT. She is missing her 5 granddaughters. Turned south for the US but we are camped tonight in Bay of Fundy National Park. Heading to Hopewell Rocks tomorrow and onto Freeport Maine on Sunday. If the weather is good will stop at Charlestown Breachway for a couple days.
Thanks for the advice on the fort. Tim
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In Halifax check out the cemetery where many of the Titanic victims are buried. Interesting stories.
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