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Issue 16 | August 2018

Sunday Night at the Movies
It’s Sunday night at the movies at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site! Bad Buoy Film Society is showing a movie every Sunday at 7 p.m. for the next four weeks. The films are: “Weirdos” (July 29), “My Enemy, My Brother” (August 5), “Lucky” (August 12) and “Indian Horse” (August 19). Bad Buoy Film Society is all about creating access to culturally significant films and their offerings were very popular last year. All of the films have adult themes. Tickets are $10 and are available at the site or reserve by email at badbuoyfilmsociety@gmail.com.

Swim the Canal
The 5th annual “Swim the Canal” event at St. Peters Canal National Historic Site is just around the corner. This not-to-be-missed event organized by Village on the Canal attracts hundreds of swimmers and spectators. The swim starts at 3:30 p.m. on August 5 with registration at 2 p.m. on the Battery Provincial Park side of the canal. Swimmers can either swim 800 metres to the world-famous Bras d’Or Lake through St. Peters Canal National Historic Site, ending at Battery Provincial Park beach or swim 100 metres from Battery Park to the canal wall and back. Not sure you want to swim? Be part of the cheering squad!

Sunrise and Sunset on the Skyline
The Skyline Trail is spectacular any time but have you tried it at the dawning of a new day or enjoyed it at sunset as the ocean glistens below? Why not check out the Skyline Sunrise Hike and watch the sun rise over the mountains? Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The hike is August 5 and starts one hour before sunrise. The Skyline Sunset Hike is available daily and starts 2.5 hours before sunset. Each hike cost $14.70 per person. Here, the mountains truly meet the sea.

Meet Daniel Stone
Daniel Stone, author of The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats will be at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site on August 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. signing copies of his book. What’s the connection to Alexander Graham Bell, you might ask? David Fairchild, husband of Alexander and Mabel Bell’s younger daughter, Daisy, is the subject of Daniel Stone’s book. In addition to signing copies of his book, Daniel will be part of a panel discussion, along with descendants of David Fairchild and extended family. There will also be an activity for children. This event is organized by the Alexander Graham Bell Museum Association and the Alexander Graham Bell Foundation.

Stargazing and Meteor Showers
Join us on August 11 at 8 p.m. at La Bloc and August 12 at 8 p.m. at Black Brook Beach in Cape Breton Highlands National Park and discover the basics of astronomy while you watch for the Perseid meteor shower. Bring binoculars and telescopes if you have them and settle in for an evening of stargazing. For your comfort, wear warm layers and bring blankets, chairs, insect repellent and a flashlight.

The Great Louisbourg Sleepover
Come and enjoy a unique evening at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site on August 18 at 5 p.m. Camp on site, in the area of the King’s Bastion, for the Great Louisbourg Sleepover with live entertainment featuring the band Gravel Road. Test your knowledge for prizes and take in the campfire, stories and music. Food and drinks available for purchase. The cost is $56 per person, and includes breakfast, camping fees, as well as live entertainment on Saturday and admission to the site on Sunday for the Fête de Saint Louis. To book or for more information, please call 902-733-3548 and the email is info@fortressoflouisburg.ca.  

Fête de Saint-Louis
This feast on August 19 was traditionally observed in 18th century Louisbourg and celebrates King Louis IX (St. Louis) the patron saint of the French Military. The day includes special military demonstrations, “residents” showing their best fineries in a procession and special food displays including Taste through History, a special program that invites you to sample taste popular recipes from these four historic years: 1758, 1868, 1918, and 1968. Savour every morsel as you hear stories from our interpreters in period costume. The cost for Taste through History is $10.80 per person. To book or for more information, please call 902-733-3552 or email fol.tourbookings@pc.gc.ca.

Aviation Day
Join us August 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site to celebrate the beginning of aviation in Canada with a day of festivities and aviation-themed activities. Nigel Isle, a local volunteer, will lead a foam glider workshop at 11:30 a.m. and a dragonfly helicopter workshop at 2:30 p.m. The workshops are appropriate for children five years and older. All materials are provided and participation is free with admission. Nigel will also have a variety of flying, gliding and hovering devices to demonstrate throughout the day. You can even try out a flight simulator!

Louisbourg at Night
There’s a lot to do in Louisbourg at night! On Mondays and Tuesdays, look for hidden clues and puzzles in order to escape the Escape Rooms. Escape Louisbourg features escape rooms with an 18th century twist! Two rooms start at 6 p.m. and two at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $120 + tax per team (for up to six people).

On Wednesdays August 1 and 15, be part of Picture the Past: Photography workshops hosted by award winning photographer Adam Hill. Get personal instruction on your camera and shoot the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site at sunset and under the stars.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with the start at 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, tax included.

The Would-Be Nobleman: A French 18th century comedy by Molière, adapted to English for modern day, is on stage on Thursdays. Snacks and refreshments available before the show and during intermission (cash only). Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $30 + tax per person.

Mi’kmaw Youth Help Bring Back the Boreal!
Once again this year, youth from Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources’ Nikani Awtiken youth camp will help conduct research as part of Parks Canada’s Bring Back the Boreal project on North Mountain August 7-14. This group will help look for moose pellets along grids on North Mountain. This valuable research helps monitor moose activity in that area of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Ride the Clyburn River
Float along the banks of the Clyburn River during a lazy tubing tour while learning about this special watershed and enjoying some tasty local delights. This activity is available on Sundays at 3 p.m. in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Pre-registration is required by calling 902-285-2535.

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Keep it safe, Keep it wild Observing wildlife can be the highlight of your visit to a national park. Here are some quick tips to stay safe and keep wildlife wild: 1. NEVER feed the wildlife – feeding wildlife in a National Park is actually illegal 2. Educate yourself about the wildlife in the park you will be visiting.   3. ALWAYS keep your dog on a leash at all times.   4. Hike during the day 5. Make noise – travel in groups. 6. Do not approach wildlife – try to stay at least 30m away from large animals and 100m away from bears – so NO SELFIES! 7. Carry bear spray when hiking and camping and know how to use it. 8. Keep a clear campsite – store all wildlife attractants (food, garbage, dishes, and toiletries) 9. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times 10. Check in with Parks Canada on site for safety tips and up to date advisories

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