The past two days have been cloudy and rainy on Cape Breton Island and in Nova Scotia, but the sun came out to bid us farewell today. During our second day on Cape Breton Island we visited a Miners' Museum near Sydney and the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. The Cape Breton Miners' Museum was very interesting. This area has a long and rich history of coal mining. We took an underground tour of the Ocean Deeps Colliery and were actually guided deep below the earth's surface into a mine with its dark, narrow and low shafts. Despite my short height, I still had to bend over in places. I have a new appreciation for miners. We then travelled to Louisbourg. The Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest historical reconstruction project in North America. Here we met characters in costume and learned more about the history. Visit this website for more info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ns/louisbourg/index.aspx. My raincoat came in handy that day as it was raining all day. From there we drove down to Antigonish to stay at a B & B for the night.
The following day we made our way back to Halifax where we were spending that night at Dalhousie University. We stopped at a maple sugar farm on the way for a tour. We also toured the Alexander Keiths Brewery in downtown Halifax. The brewery was founded in 1820 and has a rich history. Of course there were also free beer samples! And it made my day when I was asked for my ID! Later in the evening Ruth and I went out for a last supper. We went to Murphy's along the harborfront.
Today we went for a leisurely breakfast before heading to the airport to check our flights. I now head to southern Ontario for a family wedding this weekend before finally making my way home to the Prairies. I've had a great time exploring Atlantic Canada. Thanks for reading! And stay tuned for my next adventure!