Geocaching in the Fortress of Louisbourg

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Series Summary

ACGA & Fortress of Louisbourg have released a geocaching series.

Click on the following links to download the listings and additional information.

 

2012 Event Details

 

The event has been rescheduled for February 26 2012. The same agenda is in order.

 


Cache Listing

Come and enjoy a day of discoveries and activities!

Join us at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada for the 2nd Annual Geocaching Event. Two new geocaches will be launched to coincide with this event, alongside with the existing six geocaches - a whole new way to see the Fortress!

Back in 1744, The Fortress of Louisbourg was one of the busiest harbours in North America and one of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the New World.

Geocachers will first check-in at the McLennan Centre (formerly known as the museum) on site (N 45° 53.477 W 059° 59.029). Once there you will receive the agenda & briefing at 10am, including the waypoints necessary as you will be exploring the Fortress. An Intro to Geocaching will be made available based on demand. Sign-up sheet will be at the check-in site. Throughout the event  geocachers can socialize and find shelter at the McLennan Centre where warm drinks (coffee, tea & hot chocolate) will be available.

The Fortress is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from May 15th to October 31st   Access to the Fortified Town is via Gate 2, except from July 1st to September 30th, when access to the site is by bus from the Visitor Centre located on route 22 just past the modern community of Louisbourg. From November 1st to May 14th, the Fortress is open Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed on Statutory Holidays.  

La forteresse est ouverte sept jours par semaine, de 9 h 30 à 17 h, du 15 mai au 31 octobre. L'accès à la ville fortifiée se fait par la Porte 2 sauf du 1er juillet au 30 septembre, l'accès au site est alors en autobus à partir du Centre d'accueil, situé sur la route 22 juste après la communauté de Louisbourg moderne. Du 1er novembre au 14 mai la forteresse est ouverte du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h 30 à 16 h, et fermée les jours fériés.



Agenda

10:00am Event Registration, Sign-in & Event Briefing

1 pm - Snowshoe Race in the courtyard of the Kings Bastion

1:30pm Closing

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Find the geocaches that are within the Fortress and surrounding property
  • Bring your snowshoes!
  • Try out an Explora unit and learn about the Fortress virtually

 

DISCLAIMER

1. Updated information will be added to the link below. Check often for the latest updates as more information will be added prior to the event.

2. There are applicable entry-fees to access the Fortress for this event.

3. Event Sign-in & registration will begin promptly at 10am on the Fortress site for the event briefing. Once briefing is done, attendees will free to proceed exploring the Fortress. There will be a short event closing at 1:30pm.

4. Applicable entrance fees are payable upon arrival at the McLennan Centre: Adult:  $7.30, Senior:   $6.05, Youth:   $3.65, Family/Group: $18.10 (Up to seven people with a maximum of two adults.)

5. Pets are not allowed in the Fortress


 

2011 Event Details

Join us at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada for the inaugural Geocaching Event(GC2MBPK).

 

Six new geocaches will be launched to coincide with this event - a whole new way to see the Fortress! Back in 1744, The Fortress of Louisbourg was one of the busiest harbours in North America and one of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the New World.

 

EVENT REPORT

The weather forecast for the day changed from 15-30cm of snow to just 5cm, so the event was a GO. The event organizers on expected around 20-40 participants. The final headcount was 72.

 

However at 10am at the Louisbourg Community Centre (in the same building as the fire hall), well over almost 50 participants had checked-in and were on-site at the historic Fortress. Stagunner was presenting an Intro to Geocaching for half a dozen interested people. This event was part of the Cape Breton's Winterfest & Nova Scotia's Take the Roof Off Winter, so it gathered more attention from newbies.

NSIS 13896The Parks Staff were more than than hospitable, directing event participants to the parking area, about 5km from the current town of Louisbourg. Event participants parked behind the museum. With waypoints loaded into the GPS, it was time to walk around the property.

The great thing about the Fortress, was that you were not limited to within the Fortress walls, there was a lot of property to explore. The geocaches were placed to specifically explore areas that were no longer popular with visitors, but still offered a great history lesson.

It took about 2.5 hours to complete the treck around the Fortress, examining the reconstructed building as participants made their way to each geocache. the temperature was near freezing (0C) with light drizzle. Snowshoes were not required, but some spotd had snow well above the knee.

The wrap-up was held at Grandchamps tavern. A number of door prizes were drawn, thanks to Parks Canada, NS Health & Recreation, ACGA, Fortress of Louisbourg Association & Landsharkz for donating the prizes.

The main message is that the Fortress is open during the winter, this provides an unique view of the site and a view how French soldiers from the 17th Century would have had to endure winter conditions at the Fortress.

UPDATE - February 17 2011

According to the latest Environment Canada weather forecast for Cape Breton: Saturday..Snow. Windy. Low minus 2. High zero.

The event is a GO.

However please use caution while driving to the event site, wear appropriate winter clothing & footwear including snowshoes & ice grippers.

UPDATE - February 15 2011

There is an abundance of snow at the Fortress, due to the latest few snow events we have had. 
If you have snowshoes please bring them to make the trek easier.

Remember the weather is saying a high of plus 1 , it might seem a bit warmer but be prepared.
The weather at the Fortress has been known to change rapidly!!
Bring snacks/lunch, plenty of fluids (warm or cold)
Dress in layers to stay dry, Remember you can take some articles of clothing off to adjust but if you don't
have the layers you will get colder faster when not being active, 

Lets have a fun and safe day, Take lots of pictures

UPDATE - February 14 2011

If you have a smartphone, make sure you install a QR code reader as you will be able to learn more about the Fortress at each geocache location. Bell & Telus users should not have any issues, but Rogers customers might have some coverage issues. However you can always bookmark what you are able to scan.

UPDATE - February 13 2011

Six geocaches will be published on the 18th in the evening. This is done so that you are able to view the listing, download them to your GPS unit.

We recommend event participants to spread out their arrival time. In order to complete all 6 geocaches, this will require walking around the fortress between 2-3 hours.

Event Sign-in & registration will begin at 10am at the Louisbourg firehall until 1pm. Late arrivals will be able to log in at the Grandchamp pub (tavern) after 2pm. There will be a short event closing at 3pm.

Please note that the event will be weather permitting. If significant snowfall is expected, the event will be postponed to the following weekend. Please check the ACGA forum, this page, facebook fan page or twitter @ACGA before you leave home.

 

 

 

 


 

Geocachers will first check-in at the Louisbourg firehall. Once there you will receive the agenda, including the waypoints necessary as you will be exploring the Fortress.

An Intro to Geocaching will be made available based on demand. Sign-up sheet will be at the check-in site. The session will be held at the Fortress.

Once done finding the geocaches, geocachers can come and socialize in one of 18th century taverns where warm drink (coffee, tea) will be available.

Agenda

10:00am Event Registration & Sign-in
10:00am – 3:00pm Event Activities


DISCLAIMER

1. Updated information will be added to the link below. Check often for the latest updates as more information will be added prior to the event.
2. There is no entry-fee to access the Fortress.
3. Follow this LINK for Additional Information

Parent Category: Geocaching