Hey there Dino, yep fishing has been here for over 200 years, but our claim to fame is coal mining, since 1720 when the french built The Fortress of Louisburg, the settlers found coal in the cliffs outcropping from the sea, in the heyday of coal there were more than 20 different mines in Cape
Breton. the last mines closed in the mid 1980's but fishing continues. A good percentage of Islanders leave for Alberta in western Canada for work in the oil sands. Coal was king for many years and most familys were brought up on coal and lots of bread and mollasses, coal miners had a tough go, little pay, harsh conditions down under the ground, my dad worked the mines for 44 years and had many health issues, first songs I learned on guitar were coal mining tune in his honour. Anyway nice chattin to you and leave you with a little tune about our island in the gulf stream....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwxDfmIU … re=related
Last edited by badeye (2012-05-06 01:37:20)