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North American Sundial Society


Sundial: 391
State/Province:  Nova Scotia Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Good
  Latitude:   45° 54.000' N Longitude: 59° 59.000' W
  • At the Fortress of Louisbourg, in the garden of the Engineer's House.
  • A small horizontal dial 28 cm in diameter on a limestone pedestal. The dial shows local hours with half-hour lines from 4 am to 8 pm in Roman numerals. Trefoils are interspersed with the hour labels. A south-pointing crescent or moon sits across the sub-style and a representational daisy or sun sits below the center of the dial. The base is a limestone pedestal 85 cm tall. The base is a limestone pedestal 85 cm tall.

    The dial is located in the Fortress of Louisbourg run by the Parks of Canada. The dial is a modern reproduction of a slate dial excavated at the site.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Government of Canada
  • Inscribed "Sum Sin Sol Nil" ("I am nothing without the Sun")
  • Designer: John Urich from Parks of Canada
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: 1977