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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

58 Wolfe St, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2J2, Canada
+1 902-733-3552
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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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58 Wolfe St, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2J2, Canada
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"bread"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you are a history buff, or just interested in local history, this is a visit for you. The Parks Canada guides were well informed, as were the interpretive people playing different roles of those who actually lived in the fortress in the 1700’s. The...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely gobsmacked at the mammoth undertaking by Parks Canada to excavate, research and reconstruct this Acadian fortress and town. Incredible! Plan on spending the whole day and explore the dozens of buildings and sites. Have lunch, interact with the period guides (actors). This is truly...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is beautifully reconstructed. You have to enter every building to learn a lot about rich Mi'kmaw heritage, the life of residents and time travelers, meet Compagnies Franches soldiers, all of them dressed in the clothes of that time...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

As we went in early June, they didn't have many costumed players and some buildings were not yet open. But this also meant it wasn't too crowded, either. Obviously when the place is in full swing, it would take much longer to visit as one...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited early in the season so not everything was open. However, there was still plenty to see and do. We started off with the guided tour, which was both informative and helpful for when we took off on our own later. They have far...More

Thank Pat D
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What a wonderfully historic place that has been restored to scale to show us life back in the 1700's. Beautiful ocean views while you walk thru the village and fort. The employees are dressed in period and are very knowledgeable and eager to help you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting place to visit, and learn more about Canadian history. The fortress was restored to its original design based on architectural drawings.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tremendous recreation of structure complimented by period reenactments of daily life brings the experience to life. Congrats to the Canadian government for investing in its historical significance and for the local people who bring it to life!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautifully restored and so interesting. The guides were very knowledgeable. Because we were early in the season, not all the activities were available, but the map we received provided plenty of information to make it a worthwhile stop.

Thank Sgreer1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

How wonderful to walk around the fortress and see people in period costume and talk from the period. It was a wonderful experience for my son who had studied a little history before coming and then seeing it in real life. You can go into...More

Thank York130
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Stephanie C
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I think I should be ok
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vallen25
19 March 2018|
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Tons of stuff to do tours, demonstrations, etc you can fire a cannon (fee), eat lunch with only a spoon eat and bread from days go by. I would go for the whole day.
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Marie D
26 September 2017|
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There were no taxis at the Fort. Our personal vehicles were parked offsite, and a special bus transported us to the actual fort on a regular basis. I would check the website for Sydney with regards to your question of Uber... More
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