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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.
Reviewed August 14, 2013

A very good day was had when this older couple visited. We were allowed to drive to the back of the admin building which brought us much closer to the actual site and saved on walking (need a handicapped sticker for this of course!)
Had a very good musical demonstration by two gentlemen using musical instruments of the time i.e. harpsichord.
Lunch in the lower class area tasted superb! Try either soup - fish chowder or vegetable They were both scrumptious especially eaten with pewter spoons and dishes!.
I was impressed with the historical correctness of the site - from soldiers to governor - the class differences were very evident.
A staff member straightened me out that all of these buildings had no part in the War of 1812. - All were destroyed by the British using explosive experts brought out specially after the British took it twice.
All in all a great Day! and you need the whole day to do it justice. Don't skimp!

Thank George D
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Adam Y, Internet Content and New Media Officer at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Hi George--
Happy to hear you seem to had a good time at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. We are just wondering what we could have done to improve your rating from two stars (poor) to four or five (excellent)?
Thank you for the review!

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

If you are in the area, spend a day at this wonderful site. Re-creation (from the orginal foundations) of the Louisbourg fortress as built in the 1700's. Pay the extra $2 and take the hour-long guided tour. The guides and interpretive staff have impressive knowledge about the site. Most appear in authentic costumes and play the parts of people of the period. The site is large. Wear closed in shoes and take a light jacket as it can be a bit windy. Restaurants are limited.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Thank DawnonCalgary
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