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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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Best historical attraction in Canada

We visited Louisburg during a trip to Nova Scotia and were fascinated by it. The government and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada
Excellent Historical Experience

This National Historic Site is a factual recreation of the original fort based on historical... read more

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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 1 week ago

We visited Louisburg during a trip to Nova Scotia and were fascinated by it. The government and Parks Canada have done a great job not only to bring the fortress to its mid 1700's state, but also to provide great tours of the place and...More

Thank ucanonico
Reviewed 1 week ago

This National Historic Site is a factual recreation of the original fort based on historical records. Costumed interpretors take you back in time and explain in detail what life was life for those that lived and worked there. Be sure to interact and ask questions...More

Thank grammyG1970
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tons of history not only about the fort but about a way of life. Take your time to visit this place because there is so much to see. Lots to read and watch.

Thank WillyTRock
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate that we did not have to pay the entrance fee because of Canada 150. This can be quite a few hours to go through everything and take in the various events. All the staff are in period costume and assume the character...More

1  Thank Karen M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured this Fortress in August. First, pick up a "free" parks pass in the visitor center in town before going to the Fortress. You'll need to take the Fortress shuttle over. Ask in town where the shuttle location is. Hang the parks pass in...More

1  Thank Gail L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The buildings at this site are beautiful. They were reconstructed in the 1960's to look like a seaport from the 1700's. There are streets, houses, churches, and much more. More than 50 buildings are on the site. It is a great place to spend a...More

Thank CKT808
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with a large group. We had a 45 minute guided tour. I can not stress enough that this was a wonderful decision. The costumed guides stayed in character & Elaine, our 300 hundred year old servant was absolutely hysterical. She made the life...More

Thank StevenHScher
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This fortress is a must see if you're in the area. The staff are dressed in period costumes and are very knowledgeable about the fortress and the time period they're portraying. You can ask them anything and they will gladly, and happily, answer you. We...More

Thank Baylam
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent oppotunity to learn about the difficulties in settling the new land and the struggles to hold on to the land that the early visitors had fought to inhabit.

Thank eacmacpamba
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I may be near retirement, but I refuse to identify with the senior busload of Tilley™ wearers. Nevertheless, Louisbourg was an amazing visit... I had no idea how large the fortress / settlement was - there's a whole village in the fortress. We arrived on...More

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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
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
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