Organization: Canadian Government Travel Bureau
See what went on way back when.
We Canadians love pageantry tradition historical re-creations. It’s not that we’re expecting an attack. It’s just that we love a parade. Old Fort Henry at Kingston, Ontario is so authentically restored, it looks ready to fight the War of 1812 all over again. Especially when the Fort Henry Guard performs the evening Retreat Ceremony with ancient artillery and cannon blazing (The only retaliation from invading tourists popping flashbulbs).
We’ve tried to preserve our blood and thunder history wherever we could. Nova Scotia’s Fortress Louisbourg is a good example. Two hundred and fifty years ago it was the most powerful citadel in North America. Today it’s restored to much of its 18th-century grandeur.
How did we win our West? Deep in British Columbia, parts of the Trans-Canada highway follow the old Caribou Wagon Road built by British Army engineers over a century ago. The road leads to Barkerville, a resurrected mining camp town that recaptures the bad old days of warring tribes, traders and adventurers.
Canada is fun to visit because most people are kids when it comes to chocolate soldiers, picture-book battlefields, and wars that are over.
Canadian Government Travel Bureau
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