August 3, 2013:  Louisbourg300 – Fort Toulouse Celebrations Schedule of Events

(Fort Toulouse / Louisbourg300 Celebrations in St. Peter’s are part of the week-long Nicolas Denys Days Festival)



  • Mortar and Musket Salutes at 12noon, 2pm, and 3pm
  • 18th Century Militia Musket Demonstrations from 1-2pm and from 7-9:30pm
    (Day-time and Night-time demos!)

Turning the Tides:
At the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site, visitors can take a scenic walk along the 800-meter long canal and watch as boats transit its unique double-gated tidal lock. The welcoming staff will enlighten you as they present the history of the canal and explain the workings of the tidal lock and swing bridge. Enjoy a day of fishing off the canal walls or walk across the lock gates for an afternoon hike in the adjacent Battery Park or the nearby coastal trail.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal / Battery Park
Cost: Free
Time: All Day

First Nations Smudging Ceremony:
Join local native leaders in a traditional smudging ceremony to open Louisbourg300 and Fort Toulouse celebrations on the right note.  Sweet grass will be in the air to purify body, mind, and soul.
Location: Tipi in Battery Park
Cost: Free
Time: 10am

18th Century Market:
Hosted by the St. Peter’s Community Club, the craft market will include Paintings, Crafts, Baked Goods, Beach Glass Art, Cards, Photography, Jewelry and so much more – with an 18th century twist! To reserve a Table call the Nicolas Denys Museum @ 535-2379 (no flea market items please).
Location: Tents at Battery Park
Cost: $10 per table ($5 deposit per table is required) / General Admission is a silver collection at the door
Time: 10am-3pm

Live Entertainment:
Performers include Jason Williams, Jaidon Seymour, MaKayla Mathews & Grace DeWolfe, Wendy Abbot & Rosie Sampson, First Nations Dancers and Drummers.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal / Battery Park
Cost: Free
Time: 10:30am – 12noon

Rick Shaw Rides in the Park:
Jump aboard with 2 of your friends for a ride through the Park. Three people per ride maximum.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal / Battery Park
Cost: $5 per ride
Time: 11am – 2pm (or later depending on interest)

Beggars’ Banquet & Live Entertainment:
The festivities ramp up with live entertainment starting at 10:30am! Join fiddlers, guitar players, and musicians of all kinds as they kick off with some great tunes and steps to entertain Banquet and Market goers.

Boats have landed laden with lobster and crab!  Presented by Point of View Suites in Louisbourg, the Banquet is comedy show dinner theatre like no other!  While you dine, “Sabine the wench” and her 18th century style musicians will regale you with stories, lyrics and tunes about love and life in the 1700s.  Costumes provided so you can join the fun!  Guests should arrive 60 minutes in advance to dress.  Choose from lobster, crab or chicken dinner.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For reservations, call 902-631-0690 or email.  Very limited seating – book early so you don’t miss out!
Location: St. Peter’s Canal / Battery Park
Cost:  $60 per person (includes served entree, dessert, and entertainment)
Time: Entertainment begins at 10:30am / 11am Dress for Dinner / Banquet Begins at 12noon

Gaels in the Gaol!
Celebrate with us that Richmond County’s most wanted are behind bars!  VOCA will be collecting pledges to keep three special villains locked up, so watch for us leading up to the jail event.
Location: Fort Toulouse Gaol at Battery Park
Time: 2pm-3:30pm

Live Entertainment
Live entertainment with Leona Burkey, Adam Cooke, and Kenny Pettipas.
Location: St. Peter’s Canal / Battery Park
Time: 2pm-3:30pm

First Nations Smudging Ceremony:
Join local native leaders in a traditional smudging ceremony during the Beggars Banquet.   Elders will return to perform a ritual cleansing ceremony just as The Overnighter gets underway.
Location: Tipi in Battery Park
Cost: Free
Time: 6pm

The Overnighter & Public Campire in the Picnic Area:
Bring your own tent and spend the night at Battery Park telling stories around the campfire. The Campfire will include a traditional First Nations cooking demo, 18th Century Militia Encampment, Modern Camping Tips, and Ghost Stories! Overnight camping in existing sites only – reserve a site by calling 1-888-544-3434.
Location: Battery Park
Cost: Regular overnight camping fees apply
Time: 8:30pm