This postcard arrived last week from a family member visiting Canada’s east coast. It’s from Fortress of Louisbourg, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The fort is a national historic site and is from the 18th century originally made by the French. It was once the third busiest port in North America.
Here’s the back of the postcard. I love the Canada Post stamp of Captain Kirk (William Shatner was born in Montreal).
“Hi. Arrived in N.S. [Nova Scotia] on Thursday, July 15th. We certainly enjoyed our visit to the Louisbourg Fortress. An amazing place and well worth the visit. Went to Sidney for dinner this evening. Heading to the Cabot Trail tomorrow morning. We’ll be sure to take lots of pictures!”
Here’s another new arrival from my postcard pen pal. So few restaurants hand out postcards any more, but he has managed to find one with a montage of food, scenery, and big-things.
I love the story on the back:
“Rusty Anchor Restaurant – Family friendly, ocean front, dining nestled in the heart of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.”
“When my brother went on a 2 months long trip to the east of the country, I told him to send me a post card during his journey. Instead he came back and handed me this saying <<Here!>>”
I have had the same experience of asking – no begging – for postcards from people’s trips and then getting a blank one hand-delivered upon their return. But hey, I’ll take postcards any way I can get them!
My brother-in-law went out East awhile ago to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Naturally, I asked that he send me some postcards. Upon his return he proudly exclaimed that he found some awesomely amazing postcards that I’d love. He didn’t have stamps so he asked a friend there to mail them.
I waited with great anticipation for days, until days turned into weeks. It’s a mystery what happened to the postcards. It fills me with great sadness to never know the amazingness that was so close and yet never to be.
In lieu of them, here’s a fine specimen from his much earlier maritime travels:
The postcard refers to the moratorium on fishing for cod in Atlantic Canada. It the staple fish of Canada’s fishing industry.
Here’s the back:
[Top] “In Cod We Trust(ed). A tribute to the North Altantic fisher, photo circa 1903”
[Bottom] “Proceeds from this postcard support the Cnaadian Marine Heritage Project…”
“Greetings from the coast EH….. when the weather is nice – this place is beautiful. But do not swim in the Harbour. 25,000 gallons of sewage a day and growing.”
I will continue to wait and hope for those amazing postcards yet to come…