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  Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada

Volume 4: Number 11


Vol. 4, No. 11
December 2002 - décembre 2002

As we approach the end of the year, it seems fitting to stand back and reflect on 2002. We started the year doubtful about its prospects given the events of the previous September, but thankfully, there were no major incidents affecting our world here in Cape Breton and we welcomed thousands of Canadians and Americans to share the special places entrusted to our care.

In many ways 2002 was a very good year. Kudos for the Highlands Links continue to arrive, with recognition that it is the best public golf course in Canada and one of the best conditioned courses in the country!

We’ve begun public consultations for management plans for Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, while at the Fortress, after a rather bumpy start, the work on the slate roof on the King’s Bastion Barracks is progressing.

We’ve just finished celebrating the centenary of Marconi’s first transatlantic wireless message from Tablehead to England and launched a wonderful new website with 3D tours of what Marconi built and of the Fortress. When you have a minute take time to visit and follow the links to 3D virtual tours. I’m sure you will be impressed with how modern technology can show off these places.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2003. Enjoy this special time with your family and friends and partake of the celebrations. Carol Whitfield

The Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign as Queen of Canada. This medal will be awarded to approximately 46,000 Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community or to Canada.

After careful consideration, managers of the Cape Breton Field Unit nominated Linda Bartlett, Compensation Advisor. Linda has worked for Parks Canada for many years and has made significant contributions to both management and employees alike. Shown below is Linda being presented the medal by Carol Whitfield. Congratulations, Linda.


There is a new cancellation stamp being used at the Louisbourg Post Office. It features a drawing of the Frederick Gate with the words of "Fortress of/Forteresse de Louisbourg.


We have to thank Postmistress Heather Perry for contacting us to help her with this initiative.

Photo No. 11D-157

Parks Canada’s first softball team - The Sharp Shooters!!

Seated from left: Tom Sharpe (deceased) Dan Baldwin, Lionel Wadden and Wallace Lahey. Back Row from left: Wayne Lahey, Steve MacPhee, George MacKeigan, Philip Burke, Willis Lahey (retired) Tom Bates, Pat Bates (retired).

All players other than those noted all still working for Parks Canada. This photo was taken during the first ball tournament in 1980

This training took place December 9th and 10th at the First United Church Hall in Louisbourg.

All managers and supervisors of the Historic Sites were in attendance. Brenda Henn and Paulette Budge conducted the review of the agreement.

-When selecting a natural tree, check for freshness. A deep green color and strong scent usually means a fresh tree. Needles should not fall off when tree is sharply tapped.

-Cut 1 inch off the trunk to help absorb water.

-Leave the tree outside until ready to decorate.

-The stand should hold at least 1 gal. of water.

-A 6' tree will use l gallon of water every 2 days.

-Mix a commercial preservative with the water.

-Secure the tree with wire to keep it from tipping.

-Keep tree away from floor heaters, fire places or other heat sources.

-Use only UL-listed lights.


Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

  If you would like to make a submission to the Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Newsletter, please send information to Donna MacNeil at, or phone 733-3551.

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