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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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Issue 14 | June 2018
Free entry on ParkFit day All national parks and national historic sites are free on Canada Day. We are pleased to add June 2 as another free day for Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It is also National Health and Fitness Day; a day to celebrate being active and fit! We are inviting everyone to join us for a day of health and fitness in the park, from yoga and karate to hiking and biking as part of our ParkFit event. We are also partnering with local Emergency Health Services, RCMP, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to host our annual bike rodeo for kids with bike check-ups and an obstacle course as well as a teddy bear clinic near the Chéticamp visitor centre. Join us for a day of fitness in the park. Work up a sweat and be ParkFit.
Here are the scheduled activities for the day:
4:15 a.m. – Skyline sunrise hike – meet at the Skyline trail parking lot (rain or shine)
10 a.m. – Karate – meet at the visitor centre
2 p.m. – Bike rodeo near the visitor centre – includes bike check-ups and obstacle course, a free barbecue and Teddy Bear clinic.
3 p.m. – Bike ride at Salmon Pools trail – meet at the visitor centre
3 p.m. – Bike ride to Veteran’s Monument look-off – meet at visitor centre
7 p.m. – Yoga – meet at the visitor centre (Please note: in case of heavy rain, yoga will move inside the Chéticamp visitor centre.) Ingonish
10 a.m. – Yoga at Ingonish Beach
10 a.m. – Hike at Franey trail (organized by Victoria County)
3 p.m. – Hike at Mica Hill trail (organized by Victoria County)
6 p.m. – Fitness class at the soccer field across from the beach tennis courts
7:30 p.m. – Karate at the soccer field across from the beach tennis courts (Please note: in case of heavy rain, the fitness class, karate and yoga will move to the Smokey Recreation Society)
Roots to Boots Music, hiking and stories are part of the fourth annual Roots to Boots Festival that will take place June 14-17 in the communities of Chéticamp and Louisbourg. There’s something to do every day, so put on your hiking boots and dancing shoes and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about Cape Breton’s roots. For more information, visit rootstobootsfestival.ca or call 902-224-2642 or 902-733-3838.
Kwe! Welcome to the Land of Fog National Indigenous Peoples Day is just around the corner. As the longest day of the year, June 21 is the time of year many Indigenous Peoples groups have chosen to celebrate their culture and heritage. We’re proud to help tell the Indigenous story at our Parks Canada places. For example, new this year to Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a program called Pjila’si Unama’ki! Come chat with Mary Louise Bernard, Parks Canada interpreter and former Chief of the Wagmatcook First Nation, to learn about the Mi’kmaq and their culture, and to find out what is going on in the five vibrant Indigenous communities of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). The program is available Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. at the Chéticamp visitor centre.
Learn to-Camp Think you might want to experience the joy of camping overnight but just need a helping hand? Register for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site‘s learn-to camp event on June 23-24, 2018! This two-day event offers you the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips. Workshops will be held on camping-related skills: how to set up a tent and what to pack. Participants also have the opportunity to enjoy exciting interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities. Hear traditional tales from Mi’kmaq storytellers and together celebrate Canada’s Indigenous peoples and heritage. Campers will pitch their tent in the courtyard of the King’s Bastion, share stories around the campfire and spend the night under the star-filled sky inside the 18th century fortress walls. All you need is your appetite, sleeping bag and curiosity. Tents will be provided. The cost is $29.30 per person (children 5 and under: free). This includes activities, supper, breakfast in the period restaurant and snacks. For more information or to register, call 902-733-3552.
Keep it wild, Keep it safe Ever hear of a bear jam? It’s a traffic jam caused by people stopped to look at nearby bears. If you come across a bear jam, or any other traffic jam due to nearby wildlife, drive by slowly. If you decide to stop, pull over safely without blocking the road and make it a brief stay. Watch wildlife from afar and preferably from the safety of your car. This is the best way to stay safe and minimize your impact on wildlife. It’s also important to never feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife in a national park is actually illegal. Once an animal gets used to human food, it becomes a risk to public safety, and may have to be destroyed. For example, if they lose their “wild” instincts, they’re more likely to venture closer to campgrounds and nearby communities and become dependent on human food. They might also get too accustomed to traffic and be struck by a vehicle. Keep a safe a distance from wildlife; respect their space. Help us keep the “wild” in wildlife.
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