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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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Fascinating visit, a great hisorical interest. Well organised. It is a pity that it is close at night. It could be interesting to have night shows

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2017
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Bayeux, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Fascinating visit, a great hisorical interest. Well organised. It is a pity that it is close at night. It could be interesting to have night shows

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

Thank you so much for your visit. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We do have night time events scheduled throughout the summer. We have a murder mystery once a week, over night camping available every night in peak season and other evening events such as 'The Escape Room' which was very popular. It's... More 

Montegabbione, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a most worthwhile excursion with family and children as it played a very significant role in Canada's as well the USA's history ! It's a very authentic experience with breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean, and excellent restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you like history or museums or you just want to make history come alive for your kids, then a trip to Fortress Louisbourg should be added to your bucket list. It is a re-creation of the French imperial fishing and trading outpost and it among the best of Parks Canada's installations. The scale of the walled village is impressive... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting us not once but twice and for your positive review! We are certainly glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again. Please note that in commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday, all Parks Canada locations across the country have free entry for the entire year 2017.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

A great day of fun and learning. The staff/characters are engaging and the site has got lots to offer people of all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

If you travel to Cape Breton, this is a must-go place! We went on a foggy/rainy day, but still really enjoyed ourselves! The staffs, who are playing characters of the era of the fortress, are very knowledgeable and will gladly answer your questions while staying in character. There's also a traditional bakery on site where you can buy bread!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We visited from a cruise in the off season but really enjoyed the place. It is done up similarly to Williamsburg and has been done just as well. The re-ennactors (sorry Docents!) were excellent. We only had a couple of hours there which was frustrating as you need a full day to get the best of it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We visited after the high tourist season but there was still plenty to partake in that made this a whole day excursion. As others have noted - be careful with using a GPS to navigate here ... as you may find yourself driving down quite a few km of dirt road only to find that you are at a gate... 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 great feedback and reviews! We are so happy to hear that you had a lovely time during your visit. You make some very good points about not trusting the GPS and being prepared for quite changeable weather, great traveler tips for future visitors. We hope that you can come back and see us again... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

It is all a historical reconstructions but done with such authenticity and care it really does capture you. The animators enjoy their work and there really is a lot to see and do. From musket drills to rum tasting and garden tours. Sign up early.

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

Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. For future visitors, please check out our official website for all the information you need to plan your visit. More 

Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The fortress is in such good shape, it takes you back in time itself. With the docents all in period costumes and character, it truly makes history come alive as they relay what their duties were "back in the day." Be sure to allow enough time to see and savor everything!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

A very neat place to learn about local history. Staff assume historic roles and remain in character the entire time. Lots of buildings and exhibits to see. There are several guided tour options or you can take a self-guided tour. There are also special events, like the rum-tasting event that we did. Definitely need to spend most of a day... More 

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