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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 4 days ago

The faithful reconstruction of this magnificent fort is a real credit to the historians, builders and and re-enactors who bring this place to life. This fortress played a major role in the 1700's with the French and English - and was eventually razzed to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The fortress is on a nice spot along the coast. The buildings are newly built and are meant to represent how they were in the past. I think they did a good job. But for us with all the actors and so it felt like...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived on a very wet and blustery day. My knee brace had broken making it difficult for me to walk from the bus drop off to the fort. Staff kindly arranged for me to be able to park my vehicle behind one of the...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

This was a wonderful family outing during our quick trip through Nova Scotia. The fortress is just charming and we spent the entire day wandering around and taking pictures. I can't wait to go back!

Thank Amy G
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

This was a great way to spend some time learning about Canadian history and explore the excellent reproduction of Louisburg in the 1700's. There were costumed interpreters throughout the town. We learned about the Mic Maq First Nations people, the struggle between the English and...More

Thank Wanda K
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Well worth the stop. Period actors... probably better that Gettysburg. Cannon firing, musket firing, marching, drums. Get some fortress rum!

Thank Curtis Z
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I've been here a few times and still find something new to learn about the history of the fortress. Amazing to see the exhibits showing the work that went in to making this place resemble what it once was. Going in peak season allows you...More

Thank Darren L
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

This is a must do if you are in Cape Breton. The fortress is well kept and the workers play thier parts well informing you of how life was in the fortress's hayday. The surrounding area is stunning to add to the fotress's beauty

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

This giant fortress is French Canadian living history at it's best and biggest. This giant complex was a ruin, much of the stonework taken away to build homes and villages in the vicinity. It was restored according to architectural drawings in libraries in Canada and...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

In August 21st 2016, Our family and friends booked the overnight sleepover with breakfast at the Fortress of Loiusburg, OMG what a truly amazing experience, we couldn't wait to do it again, after spending the night in tents inside the fort, we walked the town...More

Thank Maur S
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vallen25
20 March 2018|
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Response from Arabella_11 | Reviewed this property |
Hello: I think you should go to the Fort Louisbourgh website as for programs offered, tours etc. and hours of operation in September. I would suggest if you visit this Fort, warm clothing, that wind off the Atlantic ocean is... More
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Marie D
27 September 2017|
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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
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Marie D
27 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.
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