Thursday, 15 September 2016

Canada: Time Travelling in Nova Scotia

Here's the first paragraph of my article from the Spring 2016 issue of Timeless Travels...

Major's Point Acadian Cemetery in Nova
Scotia. Photo: Garry Shaw
The year is 1744, and I arrive at the gates of the fortified town of Louisbourg a little apprehensive – would the French sentry, dressed in his blue military uniform, and – a little more worryingly – holding a long rifle, let me, a Brit – the enemy – into the fortress? I’d read that the garrison allowed local people in and out of the fort during daylight hours (with the gates sealed at night), but the guards were always on the lookout for British spies. Their test, so I’d read, was simple: if you spoke French, then you were ok. If not, then you were a spy and imprisoned. Luckily, the sentries were also known for taking bribes, but what if I met one of those pesky rule-abiding ones?

You can download a pdf of the full article here: Time Travelling in Nova Scotia: Reliving Canada's Colonial Past

And if you enjoy it, please buy the Spring 2016 issue of Timeless Travels! It's full of wonderful history-themed travel pieces. You can find it at: http://www.timeless-travels.co.uk/