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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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Reviewed today

The restoration of this old French fortress is extremely detailed and extensive. The Brits captured it once then the politicians gave it back to the French. The second time the Brits captured it they destroyed it so it has all been reconstructed to faithful original...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

We really enjoyed the Fortress. Especially while staying at Point of View Suites. Beggars Banquet at the completed our Fort visit perfectly ! If you have time, take the riding tour, fire a musket, talk with the soldiers, fire a cannon. The bakery is a...More

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Reviewed yesterday

If history is important, or interesting to you, then you must visit Fort Louisbourg. Fort Louisbourg has been rebuilt to its previous glory, buildings defenses, including restaurant's, and snack areas. The site entrance allows you to educate yourself on the history of the Fort and...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were very excited about seeing this place. Being in a wheelchair my husband is left out sometimes because of accessibility. But this is a national historic site and we assumed we'd have no problems here. Wrong! Parking was easy--lots of wheelchair spots. But when...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A nice day. It was like visiting the era. The characters played their parts to make you feel like you were in that time period. It is a really large display that is best seen in a whole day. There is lots of walking to...More

Thank Terry D
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband is a Military Historian and He LOVED IT ! He wanted to understand the battle better and walking the grounds helped him visually understand ... Very special

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is definitely worth the drive. You park at the center and take a shuttle bus to the site. Shuttles run every 15 minutes. There is a lot to see and do at the site. They give you a schedule of free events and things...More

Thank Jenn N
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We loved that the reception area is separated from the fort. The information was great and set the tone for the visit, the bus ride over was relaxing. The soldier at the gate was fun. The reaction aspect was well done and the staff really...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented a car in Sydney rather than taking our cruise ship's Louisbourg excursion. All was smooth. Going on our own gave us more flexibility and was about 1/3 of the cost. This is a "fortress" meaning it is set up like a village. Much...More

Thank Ellie C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice time last week visiting the fortress. We spent several hours touring through the buildings and talking to the staff that were in costume in the buildings telling us what life was like back in the 1700’s. You can take an hour...More

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The Louisbourg website has their hours and costs. Check there first before going.
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it's a really short drive. Rent a car, save a lot of money and enjoy it at your own pace.
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