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Fortress of Louisbourg Nova Scotia Canada
Travel east coast Canada with Caravan Tours and visit an 18th century fortified fortress, the historic Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
Caravan offers a fully guided tour of Canada’s
The location of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia was one of the busiest seaports in North America during the 1700s. The Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 settled the War of Spanish Succession. Control of mainland Nova Scotia was given to the British and Cape Breton Island was granted to the French.
For almost three decades, French engineers built immense stone and mortar walls to encircle the garrison along with the town Fortress of Louisbourg. This was one of the most expansive fortifications in North America. The fortress walls were built 30 feet high and 36 feet across, prompting King Louis XIV to joke that the Fortress of Louisbourg should be visible from his palace in France.
Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site!
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Fortress of Louisbourg Reconstruction
In 1928 the Fortress of Louisbourg was dubbed a Canadian National Historic Site. By 1961, after an extensive archaeological study, one-quarter of the partial reconstruction of the Fortress of Louisbourg began. Today it is a significant national monument and visited by tens of thousands of tourists every year.
Guests experience a sense of what it was like to live in a fortified city over 300 years ago. Hundreds of actors in period clothing animate the streets during summer, playing the roles of 18th-century wealthy merchants, destitute soldiers, and shopkeepers.
If you’ve ever wanted to fire a cannon, shoot a musket, tend livestock, or be a rum taster, Fortress of Louisbourg residents show you how. There’s even a Rookie Tour for children that allows them to learn about herding sheep and goats, military marching, and fishing…the way it was three centuries ago.
There are also three authentic 18th-century restaurants plus a bakery in the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. But don’t just taste test the food. Know how it was grown and cooked by learning first-hand from Fortress residents who teach you.
During its heyday, only three gates to the Fortress of Louisbourg were accessible by land. Dauphin Gate is the main entrance of the Fortress and was manned by soldiers around the clock. At night, Dauphin Gate was locked, and the drawbridge was raised.
The fortress gate design was quite unique incorporating:
- A sluice gate for managing water levels
- A sentry box elevated above the ditch
- Musket loopholes in the doors that were once used for defending the entrance from attack
About Caravan Tours
Not quite 300 years old, Caravan Tours started as a family-owned Tour Company back in 1952. We are now a second-generation family-operated Tour Company offering fully guided tours throughout the United States plus Canada, Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.
Let us take you back 300 years with a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site Nova Scotia where the real becomes surreal. As the smoke from cannon fire clears, it will be evident that this won’t be your average holiday experience.
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Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
Great Value, Book Early
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).