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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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Beautiful and fun

We came here lots of construction but it was very empty. We had a great tour from the parks man ad... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jasper National Park, Canada
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A "must see" while on Cape Breton Island

My family (me, wife, 18 YO son & 15 YO daughter) drove about an hour and fifteen minutes from... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Indianapolis, IN
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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 2 days ago via mobile

We came here lots of construction but it was very empty. We had a great tour from the parks man ad he even let us in for free. Very knowledgable and he took plenty of time to show us around. I would definitely recommend coming...More

Thank Lozzi26
Reviewed 3 days ago

My family (me, wife, 18 YO son & 15 YO daughter) drove about an hour and fifteen minutes from Baddeck to arrive just after opening time on Tuesday, 6/6. We had been advised beforehand that it can get foggy there and it did, but it...More

Thank Hoosier1960
Reviewed 5 days ago

Even if you are not into history, you will be blown away by the history and scope of this site. The re-enactors will have you believing that you have stepped back in time, speaking of which, spend a few dollars to take the "Time Travel"...More

1  Thank Mumzed
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband wanted to go to this fortress and I went for him, Well I wanted to stay longer then he did.The people are dress in period clothes. they are making bread.knitting socks from wool. when they talk they talk like this is for real...More

Thank sugarandspice5661
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is an amazing attraction that we all enjoyed being there. You'll start by entrance building where there is a small gallery that offer an introduction to the fortress history. Then you'll wait a special bus to take you to the fortress site. And at...More

Thank happy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at opening time (9.30am) with other keen tourists, in the mist and cold wind (it is June after all!). By the time we left at 1.45pm the mist had largely rolled back and there was the start of a blue sky. The guided...More

Thank Stevethearchitect
Reviewed 1 week ago

Keep in mind most of what you see is a reconstruction of what likely stood there over 200 years ago. We were a bit limited by terrible weather, and with limited hours, access, and services in the off-season. However, I found the whole place fascinating,...More

Thank Rtraveler10570
Reviewed 1 week ago

A pivotal place in Canadian history where the British defeated the French allowing Canada to become a British Colony. The British destroyed the fort which lay in ruins from 1750's until the 1960's when an amazing reconstruction of about 25% of the fort took place...More

1  Thank Tom W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get there early and stay late this is one of the best national historic site I have ever been at there is so much to see and do they have people dress and walking around in time period and talk to you. I can not...More

Thank Tedp1054
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a pretty neat spot. Right away I felt like I was walking in a game of Zelda! Early in the season not all the buildings were open, but there was plenty to see and we spent a couple of hour roaming around. What...More

Thank David C
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Has anyone used the dog kennels that are available at the gate? Do we need reservations? How much does it cost?
4 June 2017|
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Response from FortressofLouisbourg | Property representative |
Hi! There is no dog kennel located at the gate of the Fortress but there is one in the modern town of Louisbourg called Doggy Daycare. You can phone them at 902-733-3775. It opens June 15, 8:30 - 5:30pm. Rates are $6/hour or... More
We are planning a trip to the area in early October. We had been there a number of years ago. We enjoyed our time there but don't remember the timing to see the facilities. It will be just 2 adults. What amount of time should we plan? What kind of weather should we expect? Thanks
29 April 2017|
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Response from FortressofLouisbourg | Property representative |
Hi and thanks for your interest in visiting the Fortress. We recommend 4 hours to visit the site. We will be in our shoulder season until October 15th with programs and costume staff still on site. Please note that after the... More
Thomas B
i am comming on a cruise on 2nd of august and i would like to know how far the fort is from the ships terminal
11 April 2017|
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Response from FortressofLouisbourg | Property representative |
Hello there, thank you for your interest in visiting the Fortress. We are about a 30 minute drive from Sydney. If you are not planning on purchasing one of the ship excursions you can get a taxi from the port which will run... More