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“A step back in time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
58 Wolfe Street, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2L2, Canada
902 733 3552
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Louisbourg
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Specialty Museums
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Owner description: 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. Visit during peak season and take in a full range of services: make friends with a costumed ‘resident’ and enjoy a delicious period meal in a themed restaurant. Feel the ground tremble with the boom of the cannon. Explore the beautiful beach and scenic hiking trails nearby. Then after the sun goes down, figure out ‘whodunnit’ at our murder mystery or take in our dinner theatre, where great comedy and wonderful cuisine is always on the menu. Visit in the shoulder season for some services and to discover the exterior architecture of the Fortress’ reconstructed buildings. Marvel at the stunning views of both the sea and the Fortress from one of our hiking trails, open throughout the year. Take in the quiet and tranquility of the streets in the off-season. Close your eyes to listen to the crash of the waves in the distance.
Port Macquarie
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“A step back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This site is very impressive. You leave your car at the visitors centre which in itself is worth spending a half an hour looking over and then catch the courtesy bus to the reconstructed fortress. There is so much to see and experience from reenactments to an intimate look at the houses of named officers and citizens. The chapel is beautiful and a walk around the fortress walls provides some scenic views. Small garden plots have been reestablished and some 'traditional' foods are served at the cafe. There is plenty of room to wander or sit for a break.

Visited August 2012
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Halifax, Canada
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“A walk through Cape Breton history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

You will love all the old buildings and grounds at this historic site. I have been to the Fortress numerous times and it gets better everytime. The buildings are beautiful and very, very well preserved. It is one of the best tours of French and British history you will ever encounter. A must see if your a history buff like me.

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Manitoba
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“Worth a repeat visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We had expected to swing past this Historic Site and, maybe, spend an hour there. Five hours later, we reluctantly left because of closing time. It's utterly amazing that this fortress has been reconstructed by Parks Canada after having been totally destroyed by the British. It is reportedly the largest reconstruction project in North America and there is still work to be done. The fortress is located some distance from the town of Louisbourg and the only access from its Visitors Centre is by bus. We were met at the entrance to the site by a guide who explained life in the 1700s for the French colonists and soldiers. The Dauphin Gate provides access to the fortress itself and wandering along the dirt roads and in and out of the buildings gives the visitor a good sense of what life must have been like in those days. The foggy-misty weather on the day we visited added to the atmosphere. The Chapel is impressive. A pleasant surprise was the restaurant that serves period food, at reasonably prices, on pewter plate with, keeping with the atmosphere, a single pewter spoon that is used for the soup, main dish and dessert.

Visited September 2012
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“Great history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Thus is a must see. The town us recreated amazingly and is never s let down with the history that is revealed. It's amazing what this fort once was. You can not learn enough in one visit.
The buildings aren't open in the off season but it is still great to walk through the old streets if you can brave the winter wind coming off the ocean

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Connecticut
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“Authentic Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We didn't know exactly what to expect, but we were satisfied by the experience. Recreated to depict the fortress as it originally stood. Experience authentic, although minimalistic, cuisine. Go in the off season for the best experience; crowds could definitely deter from your enjoyment. Requires a fair amount of walking. Great teaching experience for older kids. Feels like you stepped back in time. Rather remote.

Visited September 2012
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