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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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Interactive and fun

We visited the Fort with our four kids ranging from 6 - 14 years. We all had a blast! It's... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2016
Corinne S
via mobile
A great day trip

Thoroughly enjoyed a full day exploring the fortress! All of the staff are incredibly courteous and... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2016
Jennifer F
Sparwood, 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 July 15, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Fort with our four kids ranging from 6 - 14 years. We all had a blast! It's interesting for every age and because it is so interactive, even smaller kids who might not be interested in visiting a regular museum will be...More

Thank Corinne S
Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed a full day exploring the fortress! All of the staff are incredibly courteous and friendly. The site is impeccably kept. Our favourite part of the visit were the enactments and costumes. Kids completed the explorer activity book and had great fun doing so.

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed July 14, 2016

Spent a few hours here. it was very interesting and I recommend it. You have to take a shuttle over to the fort. It's cooler over there so remember to take a jacket.

Thank MapleRes
Reviewed July 14, 2016

Did not know what to expect but it was marvellous. Allow a full day for your visit. Lots to see, knowledgeable in character staff, very interesting exhibits and great entertainment for all the family.

Thank Clare B
Reviewed July 13, 2016

we visited this fortress which is in the Cape Breton section of Nova Scotia. It is about a 4 hour drive from Halifax. The fortress was well preserved/restored and there were lots of buildings you can go into. Reenactors make the experience better.

Thank 659josephc
Reviewed July 12, 2016

Historic Fort Louisbourg is absolutely fabulous, but does not allow dogs on the premises, parking is a bus ride away and to enjoy the full experience of 'travelling to a different time' you can easily spend 5 to 6 hours - so what do you...More

1  Thank Richard C
Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

We've seen a lot of historic forts in both the U.S., and now Canada and this one is by far the best. There are a huge number and variety of types of buildings and most are accessible by visitors. Although we did not take part...More

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed July 11, 2016

This incredible fortress shows me how tough life was in in pioneering days. Massive stone buildings and walls are an incredible testament to colonial powers and their strategic thinking. No wonder the pioneers were usually single men. Life for the women and children was tough....More

Thank tmac100
Reviewed July 10, 2016

If you like forts and are interested in history, this is the place for YOU. Every person we spoke with was polite and knowledgeable about the fortress, the people who lived here, their role, the time period, and more. The fortress was large and well...More

Thank Elyse B
Reviewed July 10, 2016

The early forts are well done. Arrive early. The exhibit closes at 5 pm. You should 3 4 hours to see it. One part of the fort is under construction.

Thank Mike G
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June 4, 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
April 29, 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
April 11, 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