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“Beautifully maintained historic fort”

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.
Portland & Medford Oregon
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“Beautifully maintained historic fort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

The condition and extensive grounds of this historic fort are extraordinary. It is totally worth a long visit. Even a docent-guided tour. The history around this fortress is quite engaging, even entertaining. Worth the visit & some additional research.

Visited October 2012
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New Glasgow, Canada
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“The fortress comes to life!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Prepare yourself for an awakening. When you pass through the entrance you will be challanged by a French Soldier. In the french language you will be asked to halt and show your passage permit. Everyone who participates will be the person that you would expect for that time frame. The little pubs will serve beer....but ask for a cold one and you will get a cheeky reply....well, sir our beer only gets chilled in the Winter....otherwise it will be served at the temperature of the cellar. However, the pea soup and other breads will enrich your experience. Take you time there really is much to see.....and you will find yourself in a time warp.....involved with the everyday activities of a French fortress. Make sure your camera is ready to go.....you are in for the experience of a lifetime. Wear comfortable shoes and rest occasionally and enjoy one of Canada's finest......

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Ottawa, Canada
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“If you like history...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

A great place to learn the history of the Acadians. The actors are always great! Be sure to bring a sweater though, it can get pretty windy and chilly.

Visited May 2012
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Glace bay
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“a piece of History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

If you are not familiar with Louisbourg this is the place to visit.This historic site has history and a great staff that will educate you of it's history.Make sure to to take a sweater even on a hot summer day, may be foggy and cool.

Visited May 2012
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Thornbury, Canada
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“One of the best fortress reconstructions in the world.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

This national heritage site, with one third of it reconstructed from its original size...is a national treasure documenting the French fortification and the fishing industry that grew up around it.
Requires a full day visit.

Visited September 2012
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