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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.
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“Great for anyone :D”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place. What makes it a great place are the buildings, the reenactments, the animals, the restaurants (which have really yummy food both upper class and lower class places), the tasty bread, the exhibits, and more, but most of all, the people. The people really bring that place to life. Your family, your relatives, or anyone else will find it verrrry interesting.

Visited August 2013
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“Great reconstruction of 1700's Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

The staff really took their job at heart. Played the parts of soldiers, maids,and other important people from the time of the fort.Had a great bowl of soup in an old tavern served by period costumed and attitude staff.

Visited August 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Who knew?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

As a "prairie dog" from Western Canada I had no idea that this existed. I was pleasantly surprised when this popped up on the GPS. So much history and every Canadian should visit here to learn about our roots! DO NOT MISS THIS!

Visited July 2013
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“you need a full day here easy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

we didn't have that much time as it was sort of an after thought for us but it's amazing. At the time we were there they were doing some underwater archeology in the harbour and had a really cool exhibit set up where you could navigate one of their robot subs in a swimming pool and try to find toy tanks...that was awesome. It was piping hot the day we were there I felt for the old soldiers and the current guides all dressed in their full wool outfits.

Visited July 2013
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Moncton, Canada
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“A very pleasant day at the Fortress”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the buildings and the 'inhabitants of the Fortress' wearing the appropriate costumes. It was delightful chatting with them - they stayed 'in character' the whole time. The servant in the merchant's house is absolutely priceless - do not miss talking to her!! It was interesting to see how people lived in Canada in the 1700s compared to how they were in Europe at the same point in history. They were definitely 'roughing it' in this country in comparison.

On the downside - there are two places to eat in the Fortress - the 'working people' and the "upper class". The former offers soup and bread or bread and cheese whereas the latter offers a dinner. Service is exceedingly slow, to the point that one of the couples sharing the bench/table where we were seated having watched the rest of us being served and the table behind which had come in later being fed and no sign of their food - simply got up and left.
I would suggest if you are planning to spend a day at the Fortress to pack a picnic lunch. You can always buy ready made sandwiches in grocery stores and at a lot of the convenience stores in gas stations and pack that along with you. It is preferable to spend an hour or more sitting waiting for a bowl of soup and couple of slices of bread rather than exploring the buildings. Time is limited as it closes at 5 pm and there is a lot to see and enjoy there.

Visited August 2013
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