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“Louisbourg Fortress”

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
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$912.50*
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Cape Breton Island
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Louisbourg
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I started looking round this at 10.00 and was still enjoying the attraction at 17.00 when they were closing down. The buildings and artefacts are reproduction but excellently done what really made this a day to remember we're the interpreters who brought the place alive. Not only did they have the set information for the part they were describing they had enough in depth knowledge to answer questions that went wider than the basic information. To get me to give five star rating an attraction not only has to what I would expect well it has to exceed my expectations this did

Thank Alan B
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is a huge historic site- you take a shuttle bus from the entrance to the actual fortress .Wear comfy shoes and bring a stroller for little ones.The workers are all dressed in 18th century costumes. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and it was fun to interact with them. I highly recommend doing that. When we went there were only 2 guided tours per day so you'd have to time your visit we'll to take advantage of that. We just walked around ourselves, asking lots of questions,watching the cannon being shot from the fortress walls.

Thank Maureen L
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

great place to explore and kids interact with the people. Good way for the little one to learn history and participate in culture. All the characters were able to explain things clearly about all activities from the time and were bilingual.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Very few historic sites run by Parks Canada have period dress and re enactors let alone interpretors so if you've been to other Parks Canada sites you will be surprised by the extent with which this site comes to life thanks to the employees greeting the guest and going about 17th century daily life. Go early in the day as you could easily spend the entire day there particularly if you decide to eat at the 17th century hotel or take part in any special events too and watch the various demonstrations throught the day. Some evening concerts but the site closes at 5pm at hich time the gates are locked. Heard lots of people wishing they had come earlier in the day so they could see it all! It's the 300th anniversay of the site so this year there are more events than ever to see here! Kids can enroll in day camps where they will be dressed in peiod costume and learn about life when the fort was in operation by playing the part. Present buildings are reconstructions of 1/5 of the original and is impressive. If you come from elsewhere on the island be aware than it could be much chillier in Louisbourg so dress appropriately and wear good walking shoes if you want to see it all!

Thank FnP2
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Learning about the history between French and English! Take the tour. Only another two dollars forty and gives you a total I sight into life at the fortress. Our guide explained the difference between a fortress and a fort......if you don't know....VISIT!

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