About an hour and a half drive from Baddeck is the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and that was our activity for today.
This fortress ( a town is enclosed as opposed to a fort that does not enclose a town) is the largest historical reconstructed site in North America.
The fortress was built by the French with French people being sent over from France to inhabit it. A battle between the British and French finally brought the end to the French living here when the British won the battle. The original lighthouse was built in 1734 to aid the ships coming into the busy harbor.
The fee of about $15.00 (Canadian) per person included entrance into the Fortress that was gained after a short shuttle ride from the visitor’s center. We did our own touring of the numerous buildings and exhibits. Guided tours and various activities were available at an additional cost. We had lunch at one of the two available sites in the fortress, Hotel de la Marine. We had a choice of salmon, turkey or trout- we chose the salmon and were served in the style of the 1800’s. A vegetable soup,( rice, carrots and other root vegetables in a clear broth) was the beginning course. Then the salmon along with root vegetables, steamed rice and bread and butter was served. Dessert was bread pudding with rum sauce and raspberries. A nice meal but a little pricey at nearly $28.00 per person.
We spent about 5 hours at the fortress and then returned to the campground. Tomorrow we are returning to Truro as we are headed for Prince Edward Island.