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Fortress

The Canadian Maritimes

Colonial Conflict in the North Atlantic

August 16-24, 2014
Historian Guide: Neil Mangum

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, known collectively as the Canadian Maritimes, are a world of natural wonders and heritage. Emerald forests descend to rugged coastlines, picturesque bays, and humble fishing villages, the setting for a hundred years of clashes between the cultures. There are picture-perfect moments around every corner, whether journeying along legendary trails or exploring the ocean floor. This is where you can experience a pace filled with tranquility and solitude and behold an unexpected wealth of historical wonders that most world travelers scarcely know.

Spectacularly located on the east coast of Canada, the Maritimes are as diverse and enchanting as they are beautiful. Each has its own intriguing, tumultuous history. Some settlements were colonized by superpowers, others were founded by shipwrecked sailors, and some were established by loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. Red Cliffs, white beaches, and gently sloping sand dunes extend an invitation to warm and friendly communities celebrating traditions of the British, Scottish, Acadians, and French.

Time stands still in the Canadian Maritimes, preserving a way of life that honors the land and sea and a mix of cultures. Join HistoryAmerica guide Neil Mangum on this unforgettable adventure, and discover history in its natural setting. This new tour is an exhilarating study of epic struggles for dominance and ownership of a continent, tales of great bravery, and stories of tragedy and triumph of the human spirit, all set amid magnificent, breathtaking scenery.


9 Days / 8 Nights

Cost: $3,495 Single Occupancy, $2,975 Double Occupancy

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ITINERARY

Saturday, August 16
Gather in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a briefing and welcome dinner hosted by Neil Mangum and HistoryAmerica TOURS.

Sunday, August 17
See Halifax as a key naval station in the British Empire with a visit to the Citadel, the 19th-century fortress overlooking the city. Learn about Halifax's role after the sinking of the Titanic—the ships involved in the recovery of victims, and the cemeteries where many were laid to rest. End the day with a study of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 and the events preceding the disaster that shaped 20th-century Canada. Overnight in Halifax.

Monday, August 18
We explore picturesque colonial Lunenburg today, celebrating 200 years of fishing, ship building, and rich historic architecture. Discover French outposts in Acadia on our visits to Port Royal and Fort Annapolis. Overnight in Digby on the western shore of Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, August 19
Board a ferry this morning and cross the Bay of Fundy to New Brunswick. Visit the Carleton Martello Tower, built during the War of 1812 to defend the coast. At Fort Howe, we learn how this fortification guarded settlements at the mouth of the Saint John River during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Overnight in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Wednesday, August 20
Fort Beausejour takes us back to the era when England and France were in a tug-of-war for supremacy in Acadia. After falling to the British, it played a major role in the massive deportation of the Acadians in the 1750s and '60s. Travel to Prince Edward Island where visits to the Province House and the Acadian Museum of PEI round out the day. Overnight in Summerside.

Thursday, August 21
Travel by ferry back to Nova Scotia today, crossing from Wood Islands to Pictou for a stop at the Northumberland Lobster Hatchery. This afternoon see Canso Island, site of preliminary skirmishes between England and France that led to the Seven Years War. Overnight in Port Hawkesbury.

Friday, August 22
Tour the beautifully reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg and get a glimpse of life in the 18th-century colony that was considered the jewel of France's holdings in the New World. This afternoon see two sites honoring Guglielmo Marconi and Alexander Graham Bell, commemorating the development of global communication. Overnight in Port Hawkesbury.

Saturday, August 23
First stop today is Sherbrooke Village, which thrived on an economy of ship building, lumbering, and gold mining. This living museum recreates Nova Scotia as it was during its industrial boom of pre-WWI. We travel the scenic eastern coastline back to Halifax for our farewell dinner.

Sunday, August 24
Depart at your leisure following breakfast.


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Updated on 18 February, 2014