Cape Breton


Cape Breton

Just outside the Cape Breton National Park you find the inhabitants of a scarecrow village. There are old people and children, People sawing a tree into pieces, a couple that is just married and so on. Very funny!

The Cape Breton N.P. is especially known for its moose and bald eagles. The best way to see either of them is to get out of your car and walk. Just after reading the sign how to recognise a moose is getting angry (he either keeps his head down or he keeps it up) we saw this beast. Although he (or better, she) keeps her head down, we think she is not angry but just eating. But they are very big, so you don't want to be around when they really get angry.

 French mountain

American presidents

Bald Eagle

Moose

At the northern top of Cape Breton we had lunch. While eating our sandwiches, we saw a bald eagle floating by, just out of reach. Of course he flew quite far away when we got the camera out, and he didn't want to return. But still, we know what we saw.

Fluff

Lake Catalone

Catalone lake is one of the many lakes where you can go kayaking. We just rented a couple of kayaks, and had a quite afternoon, watching king fishers and loons.

Kayak on Lake Catalone

Lunch break

Strangely enough we started out with the wind in our back. Still going in the same direction, we got up against the wind when we got closer to the bridge, where the lake flows into the ocean. And on our return at our started point, we again got up against the wind. Apparently the wind is very much influenced by the water. 

Louisbourg

Louisbourg

Louisbourg is famous for its historic fortress. It was first built by the French, but it was taken by the British, and then again the French and finally again by the British, who destroyed it. In 1961 many coal mines closed, and to stop unemployment Loiusbourg was rebuilt. There are now 50 buildings open to visitors, varying from a pub to a castle.
Looking very important The gate

This way !!

People in periodic dress pretend to live here and give information about the buildings and habits. And of course, a cannon is fired every day. We can't remember that we ever seen a cannon being fired, and this is the second one in two weeks time.  

A parade

Barrels

Gloves and helmet

Miners museum

As mentioned above, a lot of people worked in the coal mines. You can visit the mines with a guide who used to work there, and his father before him and his grandfather before him.

The mine is pretty dark, especially when the guide turns the light off for a moment. And the roof is so low, that you are happy to be supplied with a hard hat (unlike the workers in the 1920's, who just had a cap). After the demonstration of the drilling machine, which makes a lot of noise, it is not so hard to imagine the dust as well. As everything was owned by the coal company, from the houses to the electricity and to the shops, most miners worked their whole life underground and earn virtually nothing. And as the government had a lot of income of the mines, they didn't much to improve the lives of the miners. To us it seemed that in these days even the fisheries were a better place to make a living. At least they didn't end up with black lungs.