Well we had a time!

What a time we had!

August 24, 2013

So, first things first.  We arrived en masse at the Point of View Cottage in Louisbourg.  Amazing view of water and sky and overlooking the Fortress of Louisbourg.  Can’t say enough about the accommodations!


Then off to the Fortress, with just a few minor mix-ups. We had to go one mile………  We did not arrive together.   Suffice to say the whole lot of us would be very poor caravan participants.

Pause for shameless promotion : For those who may not know, we are  celebrating Louisbourg300, a grand fête marking the 300th anniversary of the1234804_10153159310695125_1310645411_n founding of Île Royale — known today as Cape Breton Island —  and its capital, Louisbourg. There has never been a better time to experience history coming to life at North America’s largest historical reconstruction

We gathered at a Wigwam to participate in a ceremony and story-telling.  A Mi’maq Elder spoke about the long history between the First Nations and th1236721_10153159309695125_828353434_ne English and French.  It was an inspiring tale of the generosity of the First People.  He also told the Legend of the Eel and then invited us into the Chapel for a feast of baked eel and beef stew. We were treated to period music and costume.  The whole event was awesome.


Hosting the event was Chip Bird, Superintendent of Louisbourg.   We were also joined by the CEO of Parks Canada, Alan Latourelle, and several members of the audit committee including Dave Steuwe.

At the dinner, I had the opportunity to rekindle my friendship with Catharine Arsenault.  You never know who you might meet 🙂

581530_10153159310045125_554866559_nNext up, a quick tour of the grounds.

We then hustled over to the concert grounds to prepare for the evenings entertainment.  First  up was JP Cormier.  Holy smokes can that man play a  guitar.










Twenty 1233975_10153159315005125_1109440000_nfeet from the stage!

Of course we were on our feet for Matt Anderson!  Jim Gourlay remained un-phased while the Pow Wow’s inappropriately fan-girled Matt.1230075_10153159315940125_2011660395_n

For those of you who may have never heard Matt before, here he is singing So Gone Now.  Last year he won an international blues competition in  Memphis.  He’s the real thing.  Yes he is.


We were then treated to an amazing fireworks display.

Stragglers were rounded up and we headed back to the Point of View, where we imbibed and discussed deep important things.  At least they seemed so at the time.

August 25, 2013

The next day we headed out to Seal Island for breakfast.  The Cedar House Restaurant and Bakery is a must stop.  There was literally a line-up to get in.  Very worth the waicedar-houset.  After an awesome breakfast we proceeded down to the St. Anne’s Look-off on Kelly’s Mountain to have a group photo.

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In order, The Pow Wow’s : Ella, Michele, me, Mary, Linda, Yvonne and Katharine and then Devon, Jim, Evan, Danielle and Dorianna.   Magnificent!

From there, half of the crowd headed off to the Right Some Good Festivities, and Michele and I accompanied our offspring and their friends around the Cabot Trail.  Every time I see it I find it wonderous.  Go again and glory in the views.


Michele and I parted ways with the kids at Cheticamp and headed off to Inverness to stay at the incredible Cabot Links.   Ben Cowan-Dewar and his wife, Allie, have created the only Cabot-Links-Hole-4e-1153x801golf course ever to have been featured on both the front page of the Travel Section and the Sports Section of the New York Times.  It has the distinction of being Canada’s only true links course.  So, worth the visit.

This morning Michele and I walked down to Inverness beach, such and amazing piece of heaven here in Nova Scotia.

The Chicks tour has kicked off with a bang.   Many, many thanks to Mary Tulle for the incredible week-end!

More news to follow. ♥

565024_10153159354800125_1032625748_n(Most of the photos in this post are courtesy of Evan Furey)


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. EMcQ
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 21:28:09

    ok… those were the highlights… Now how about the low-lights!?


  2. EMcQ
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 21:35:15

    Ahhh …. I see the next post refers to the lowlights… Imagine the surprise when the chicks pulled up to the hotel in the 14 year old, dusty, jetta! We should have known a Double Header McKenzie Adventure would not go to plan. 🙂 But we also know that they will take it all in stride, make the best of it and create another hilarious story for the telling!


    • fureysmom
      Aug 26, 2013 @ 22:06:16

      Indeed. But we got to stay around and they have figured out what was causing Danielle to feel unwell, so I think it was all meant to be …. I really do. ♥


  3. Kim Bruhn
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 21:38:37

    Sounds like you’re off to a fantastic start!


  4. Deborah Joyce
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 22:14:22

    I am ashamed to say, and at my age, that I have never been to the East Coast. Your adventures will inspire me for next year (retirement). Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.XOXOXO


    • fureysmom
      Aug 26, 2013 @ 23:09:14

      Deb, we would be so happy to host you and Chuck. Just say when. I would re-do the Cabot Trail in a heartbeat. Please start planning now and bring any other central Canadians you desire. We would all love it!!!! ♥


  5. Dylan's Gammy
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 02:18:09

    What a marvelous start to the cross Canada adventure and an apt description of the early hours of the saga…well done mcfurey! Xox


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