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Address: 58 Wolfe St, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2J2, Canada
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Welcome to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a magical...

Welcome to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a magical place on the edge of a continent where past and present come together to celebrate Canada’s diverse heritage. Please note that we have three seasons throughout the year:

Low season

Opportunities to experience the Fortress of Louisbourg's quiet streets during the low season allow visitors to imagine life in the toughest of conditions almost 300 years ago. While there are no services available, a low season visit may provide the best opportunity for visitors to experience the stillness of the streets, take in the beauty of the exterior architecture of the buildings, or simply enjoy the treasures that life's quietest moments may bring.

For a new way to experience the site in the low season, try our Explora app. Through sound, video, photos, quizzes and text, you will hold stories about Louisbourg in your hands as you walk through both the reconstructed town and the fortress's ruins. Explora is available to download for free at the App Store and through Google Play.

 

Shoulder season

For those seeking quiet opportunities and some on-site services, visiting during the shoulder season is recommended. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy an inspiring setting with beautiful visuals as they stand on our history-laden grounds. Several buildings with exhibits are open for you to discover. Explore the site on your own or embark on an Explora tour of the grounds. To enhance your visit you may purchase a guided tour or participate in the Time Travel program. Accessible guided tours are available as well. We recommend reserving a place on these tours in advance.

By the end of June, the site will begin to fill with costumed interpreters as we ramp up for peak season. After Labour Day, the Fortress of Louisbourg winds down once again with costumed animators interpreting some buildings into September. No matter the season, be sure to find out from reception what activities and experiences may be on offer that day.

 

Peak Season

Peak season brings a different kind of magic on-site as costumed people add life to the streets and the homes. A foggy day cloaks the site in mystery and creates scenes and images not to be forgotten. A cold day with wind and rain may draw visitors to the warmth of a welcoming fire or to the cozy inn for a warming bowl of soup. A hot day shows the town and its various gardens at their brightest. On summer feast days colour and pageantry break the routine of daily life as the townspeople promenade in their finery. Chores are the order of the day on summer and fall mornings. With the rooster's crow comes bread from the ovens that supplies both soldiers and hungry visitors.

Louisbourg's inhabitants are happy to share their stories, and can be found working the forge, tending the gardens and running the kitchens. The beat of drums and the chime of the garrison clock order the soldiers' day. The sound of a cannon marks midday. You can even fire a cannon or musket yourself by taking part in our 'Have a Blast' or 'Have a Ball' programs. Music might be heard from a waterfront tavern. Children play games in the streets, while the sentry at the gate challenges those who wish to enter the walled town. A public punishment gathers spectators. Sheep run through the streets, called home by the stable hand. Each hour offers something unique and real.

During the peak season you can immerse yourself in an 18th century dining experience, available daily, at the Hotel de la Marine and Grandchamp House. For those who prefer a modern experience L'Epee Royale Cafe offers a cozy stop for hot and cold beverages and a variety of pastries. Groups can pre-arrange a dining experience by calling 902-733-3552. The daily fare varies with the season. Please check in advance for menu options and our ability to accommodate any special dietary requirements.

Hours of Operation

Low season: October 11, 2016 - May 21, 2017)

Open Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays)

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Shoulder Season: May 22 2017 to June 30 2017 and September 5 2017 to October 9, 2017

Open 7 days per week

9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Peak Season: July 1 - September 4

Open 7 days per week

9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Dining Establishment Hours of Operation

Grandchamp House Lower class

(Less formal dining) July 1 - August 25

(Doors open at 10:30 a.m.)

Hotel de la Marine Upper class

(More formal dining) July 1 - August 25

(Doors open at 11 a.m.)

Hotel de la Marine Lower class

(Less formal dining) August 26 - October 9 2017

(Doors open at 10:30 a.m.)

L'Epee Royale Cafe May 22 - October 9 2017

(Doors open at 10 a.m.)

When the Fortress of Louisbourg is in low season, programs and services are provided through the Fortress Louisbourg Association after-hours programs.

Whether it's the bustling street or the solitude of the shore, a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg offers many opportunities for memorable experiences.

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We absolutely loved this place. They do such a fantastic job with costumes and the people really get into character. We have boys 9 and 12 and they loved it. Get there early to... read more

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We absolutely loved this place. They do such a fantastic job with costumes and the people really get into character. We have boys 9 and 12 and they loved it. Get there early to take a tour. We went into every building. the eaing options are a bit limited. We took home some rum and bread which were both very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of those places you can go to several times and not take everything in. If you have a chance have the turkey dinner at the inn and it is beyond worth it. From the singing in the streets to the firing of the canon this place is amazing I have been there twice and plan to go... More 

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FortressofLouisbourg, Program Manager at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, responded to this review

So nice to hear you enjoy the site every time you come here. This year is the perfect time to visit Parks Canada as admission is free to all of our special places across the country! Please keep in mind there are still fees for special programming such as guided tours or firing the cannon but saving on the admission... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the fortress as one of our daily excursions on a New England cruise. This was such an interesting place with very good tour guides and volunteers. It you love history, than this place is for you! I would definitely go back as the restoration of this location is not yet complete. You need to allow at least 2 hours.... More 

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FortressofLouisbourg, Program Manager at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank-you for your positive feedback. We hope that you will be able to come back and see us again. This year is the perfect time to visit Parks Canada as admission is free to all of our special places across the country! Please keep in mind there are still fees for special programming such as guided tours or firing the... More 

Cape Breton Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a history buff than this place is for you, very authentic and you can spend the whole day as long as you don't mind strolling..You can even enjoy some olden days food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history here is amazing and to see the park employees in period costumes is so fun. I wish we had more time so we could have taken in a number of the historic walks. There are guided tours available for a price but you wouldn't have to take any of the tours if you didn't want to. As far... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent three weeks driving through eastern Canada and the fortress ranked right up there in our top three favorite activities. It is well preserved and the conservation and restoration efforts have been top notch. There's much to see, excellent reenactors on hand to flesh out and bring alive the exerience, a good museum. You can easily spent three hours... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Once you walk through the gates you're really taken back in time. With the park Employees in full character playing the time and place where they belong, it is amazing . Be prepared to spend at least a half day here. Ask questions, any questions you will be amazed at the answers. If you love history, you will love Louisbourg.... More 

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FortressofLouisbourg, Program Manager at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here. Be sure to come back and see us soon. Admission is free all year long! More 

Yarmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We love visiting Louisbourg as a family. My husband always went with his family and we've kept up the tradition. The kids love running in the wide open spaces, watching the reenactments and having a molasses cookie and apple juice for a treat.

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FortressofLouisbourg, Program Manager at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, responded to this review

It`s great to hear that you come back to see us time and time again! We are certainly happy to hear that you enjoy your time with us. Admission is free this year to all Parks Canada places across the country so be sure to come and visit us whenever you like! :o) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We visited on a rainy day with our five kids aged between 3 and 10 years old. We all had a great time. The site is beautiful and interesting. The actors are great and knowledgeable. We assisted a presentation describing habits and customs and the class system. It was really interesting. There is a free activity booklet for kids. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I visited the national historic site located in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. I can honestly say I haven't had an experience like it. The animators are very polite even in the heat of summer! My personal favourite part of the fortress was the eighteenth century field musicians preforming throughout the day. The field musicians had incredible costumes just like the other... More 

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