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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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walk back in time

We enjoyed a guided tour and then had time to explore on our own. Great historic sight, well signed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Winnipeg, Canada
A very evocative experience on the actual historic site, well restored and presented

The site is well organised with a shuttle bus from the visitors centre and costumed presenters... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cassandra A
Calgary, Canada
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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 yesterday

We enjoyed a guided tour and then had time to explore on our own. Great historic sight, well signed and guides in period costume adds to the visit. A great family outing.

Thank Sallyt3
Reviewed 2 days ago

The site is well organised with a shuttle bus from the visitors centre and costumed presenters across the site. The recreated buildings are on the actual site and there is a lot to see and do. Allow plenty of time to rest and relax before...More

Thank Cassandra A
Reviewed 3 days ago

This recreation of a historic fort with so much history is outstanding. I can't believe I have never heard of this place in school. We were met by a man dressed in period costume and given a mini tour for almost an hour which was...More

Thank rick w
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a beautifully restored French Fortress significant in the evolving history of Canada. The restoration work is impressive and the fact that it only reflects one fifth of the former site leaves one so impressed with the early pioneering activities. Do not miss taking...More

Thank Arabella_11
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took a detour from our planned route around Cape Breton to see the Fortress of Louisbourg and were impressed by the scale of it, the great condition it is maintained in, the exhibits and people dressed in period clothing, displaying some activities from the...More

Thank Czechlady
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an accurate reconstruction of about one quarter of what was once the major French fortification in North America. It was totally destroyed by the English at almost the same time as Wolf conquered Quebec City. It has been lovingly rebuilt using original plans...More

Thank markgeiger
Reviewed 6 days ago

This fort has been restored beautifully. We really enjoyed the reenactments, especially the priest and the young soldier. The stories we heard were very historical and gave a great example of how they lived here.

Thank 50grandmacookie
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the fortress thinking we would be there a few hours and spent the entire day. The folks who are in period dress are very easy to talk with and very knowledgeable. As you walk around the place feels big, and then it dawns...More

Thank Kevin032452
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My second time here brought the kids and family from overseas. They all loved it. The weather was perfect and the place was not crowded at all. And bonus that it was free on account of Canada 150.

Thank Shahzad D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited several military forts in NS this week and found Louisbourg to be the most interesting, perhaps because it is bigger, or the beautiful French style buildings, or the varied rooms/buildings you could visit. Gorgeous location on the south coast. You definitely feel like...More

Thank oceanlover66
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Marie D
27 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
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.
26 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.