Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles on pavement, cobblestones, grassy areas. Total driving time is 3 hours, 150 miles.
Breakfast at the hotel
We’ll head out for a field trip to the remarkable Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site, where a Parks Canada interpreter will reveal the history of Nova Scotia and the battle between the French and the British for control of North America. Founded by the French in 1763 and abandoned by the British in 1768, Louisbourg was a place of great importance in North America. It was the administrative capital of French holdings in Atlantic Canada and one of France's key economic and military centers in the New World. It was also a center for trade with France, the French West Indies, Lower Canada (now Quebec), Acadia, and New England. This site is North America's largest historical reconstruction. Unlike most colonial settlements, no modern city was built here; thus, the site preserves a massive archaeological time capsule.
At the historic Hotel de la Marine in Louisbourg, we’ll have a meal featuring the kinds of foods 18th century working people would have eaten on a regular basis.
As our field trip continues, see that the fortress is alive with reenactors in costume and character. Visit the lively town tavern, see Chapelle St. Louis, the garrison chapel, explore the King's Bastion Barracks, the largest building on site and one of the largest buildings in North America in its day. Strolling through the fortress streets, we’ll see the impressive walls, majestic gates, quaint homes, and formal gardens.
Enjoy dinner in the hotel dining room
Enjoy music and culture at a local ceilidh in Baddeck. The Gaelic word is pronounced "kay-lee", for a gathering of people. The event promotes the music and the musicians that make Cape Breton Island and its music unique.