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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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We've visited with our kids a few years ago, but this time we really enjoyed ourselves. Definitely... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Elora, Canada
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We've been to forts and fortresses around the world. This was without a doubt the largest fortress... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
patricia w
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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've visited with our kids a few years ago, but this time we really enjoyed ourselves. Definitely a must visit when you come to Cape Breton, an important part of our Canadian Heritage.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We've been to forts and fortresses around the world. This was without a doubt the largest fortress we've ever seen. Fascinating. Reenactors and guides very good. So much to see! Wear your walking shoes. Roads/paths mainly gravel. Great for kids but not for strollers -...More

Thank patricia w
Reviewed 2 days ago

Being an uninformed American, it was interesting to learn about the British and French vying for control in Canada. The costumed inhabitants made the history come alive with meaningful information. The whole thing is very well done. Even better that admission is free in 2017.

Thank GSAustin
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a pleasant surprise, the fortress has been recreated and is garrisoned by actors who play the parts of the soldiers and inhabitants. From disembarking from the short shuttle ride you are immediately immersed in the history of the fort. Various events are played...More

Thank Owdmon
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place was awesome, so much that we visited twice. The first time we only allowed a couple of hours, so we returned for almost a full day. It was so well done, architecture, furnishings, layout and best of all the inhabitants, who really were...More

Thank travellover077
Reviewed 4 days ago

The fortress is located about 1 1/2 hours from Baddeck and only 30 or so minutes from Sydney. Lots of free parking and efficient shuttle service from the Welcome centre to the fortress. The reconstruction to circa 1744 is incredible! It is huge and work...More

1  Thank mike s
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were so pleasantly surprised. The fortress was amazing. So much history. We spent a good four hours here. And probably would have stayed longer if we had the time.

Thank laurawJ7470QG
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a rainy day so we detoured here and really enjoyed the history lesson. This place is well maintained and an enjoyable stop!

Thank GirlOnFireByTrial
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful fortress,well done presentation of life in that time period. There are so many things to see and do that a full day is recommended. Good walking shoes are a must. Would recommend anyone in the area to take advantage of this historic Site

1  Thank ladtvtxrider
Reviewed 6 days ago

We've had friends recommend visiting and finally had the opportunity, and wow, it doesn't disappoint. This place is amazing. There are so many buildings to explore, all with period dressed guides. The sheer size of the fort is fantastic. There are fantastic views all over...More

Thank kpgc
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5 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
30 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
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