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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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A Canadian Treasure

We set aside a full day for our visit to the Fortress. It was a day well spent. We did both the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Regina, Canada
Great for the whole family

What a place the fortress of Louisbourg was site to see. From eating the soldiers bread to firing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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
+1 902-733-3552
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We set aside a full day for our visit to the Fortress. It was a day well spent. We did both the Walking Tour and the Time Travel Tour. The first gives you a good exposure to all aspects of the Fortress. The second takes...More

Thank TravelingMac60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a place the fortress of Louisbourg was site to see. From eating the soldiers bread to firing the canons it was all great and family friendly.

Thank merrmat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I highly recommend this restored French Fortress. Even in the the rain, it was a great visit. This site offers a significant insight into the evolving history of Canada. The recreated historical elements of life at the fortress during "the day" is like a walk...More

1  Thank Cottonelle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my second visit after a 25 year break.Wanted my partner to see a site I had recalled with pleasure.We were not let down.The restoration and upkeep of this amazing historical site and the living demonstrations are all first class. We even had a...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This recreated town is a wonderful experience in the history of the area. Interactive first person guide tell of the life in the fort and town. Great demonstrations.

Thank john g
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I love this place. It is very interesting. We also had our dinner at the fortress. The food was excellent. Definitely will go back again. I recommend this place to anyone.

Thank LindaGreg S
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

This is the site of a reconstructed fortress and it has been beautifully done. We really enjoyed visiting a cottage where the cook in character spoke to us and we were provided hot chocolate from the time of the fortress being in use. We also...More

Thank Twickes
Reviewed 4 November 2017

It was quite interesting to arrive here. A few years ago, we went to the parking that led to the main gate. Not this time. The main gate is only for the summer. We still had fun. They didn't have all the people who pretended...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 27 October 2017

A Louisburg visits helps realize what terrible conditions the ordinary soldier lived in, see how life was for all levels of society two centuries ago, understand the history.

Thank Donald F
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

A friend of mine joined me traveling through Nova Scotia and I insisted that we visit Fortress Louisbourg. This was my third visit and that kind of shows what I think of this National Heritage site. This is Canadian heritage and history and so many...More

Thank Rob S
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Marie D
26 September 2017|
Response from Lainie B | Reviewed this property |
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
Marie D
26 September 2017|
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Response from Frances B | Reviewed this property |
No Uber in Sydney, but taxis can be taken from there to the Fortress. No taxis in Louisbourg.
25 September 2017|
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Response from CKT808 | Reviewed this property |
No--We were there a couple of weeks ago, and they just asked for our postal code. It is part of the free admission for 150th Anniversary of Canada.