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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
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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. 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.
New York, New York
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“Awesome”
Reviewed September 17, 2011

We spent the whole day here. It was so interesting! The guided tour is a must!

Visited August 2011
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Halifax, Canada
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“A must see attraction”
Reviewed September 17, 2011

The Fortress of Louisbourg is an amazing replica of what life used to be like in Nova Scotia in the middle ages. You should have a whole day to explore all the different buildings, talk to the actors and have something to eat in the authentic medival restaurant. Great fun for anybody who is interested in local history.

Visited June 2011
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Succasunna, New Jersey
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“Amazing journey back in time!”
Reviewed September 15, 2011

In spite of the fact that it was cloudy and drizzling the day we visited the Fortress, we had a fabulous time. We were three generations of women between the ages of 19 and 82. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, but we all came away from the day with a great experience. The parking was easy and the shuttle bus to the entrance keeps the site uncluttered. All the people who were in costume, the musicians, and the actors all made you feel like you were back in the 1700's. We wandered around the grounds at our own pace and thoroughly enjoyed the history, exhibits and displays. Before we knew it, four hours had passed. Anyone visiting Cape Breton should not miss The Louisbourg Fortress.

Visited August 2011
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South Colton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Historical Renactment”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

This fort provides an excellent historical setting of life and its hardships for the soldiers from France in the 18th century. The reconstruction of this fort with all the costumed people from this era was amazing. Especially interesting is if you have the chance to speak at length with some of the local people that work there. This really gives you a firm understanding of the history of area and how proud they are of their fort.

Visited July 2011
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Toronto, Ontario
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“Absolutely amazing! Fantastic!”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

I've always wanted to come here ever since learning about the fort as a kid. Now as an adult, I must say that it did not disappoint! The experience involves exploring all the different houses and parts of the fort, and talking to the actors/employees to learn about how life was in the 1700s. They really do make it seem like you've been dropped into the fort. It really amazed me how much more you can learn about the era this way (talking to the actors, really experiencing it), rather than reading plaques in museums.

It was by far the highlight of our trip to the Maritimes. When we went, it was a nice day, but the weather could really affect your experience. We only had 3 hours to spend there, and it was really rushed, so allow yourself more time. The price was a bit steep, but we bought a discovery pass which they allowed us to use for 7 adults, and we were able to save some money since we went to other parks on this trip. (It was worth it, though!!) We would definitely come back again one day. Apparently, they have dinner theatre and things like that during some nights.

Visited August 2011
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