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“Excellent reconstruction”

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.
Halifax, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent reconstruction”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Very interesting place to visit for a view into the past

The reconstruction is excellent. As we visited at the end of September, we knew there would be less costumed participants to bring the history to life than in peak season, even so it was well done.

This was more like a look into a habitation at a time of history, in contrast to other forts we have visited, which show more of the military history.

We spent 4 hours there, which is really the minimum I would recommend. There are informative displays in a lot of buildings, which together with the walking eats up your time.

Warning: wear flat comfortable shoes, there is a LOT of walking.

Also, it was a warm sunny day when we visited, but there was strong cold wind. I was glad we were prepared for that. It must be really bleak and bitter in winter.

Visited September 2013
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Port Alberni, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Worth making a trip to see”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Four of us spent four hours here and none of us typically enjoy museums as a rule. This was anything BUT tiresome or boring and I would definitely recommend the tour which was informative and fun and got us into buildings that would otherwise be off limits. The staff were helpful and full of information when we asked questions. I can't believe they are being asked to downsize and get rid of the costumed staff in favour of headsets. I would NOT appreciate the place half as much had we not experienced it through the eyes of the characters who engaged us (Father Isadore was wonderful as were most others we met). We had a beautiful day which is a rarity apparently so we truly enjoyed as much as we could. A full day could easily be spent here for those who want more depth than we did.

Visited September 2013
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Lake Country, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Cold, Windy, Missed the start of the tour, still a great day.”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Being from the west coast it is interesting to see history from our nation which is more than 100 years old. I am so glad I did not live in those times. I am sure you would have been a mass of chilblains and and old before your time. What a hard life and what hardy people to live in such a place.

The fortress was well set up and good to wander in and wonder about even without a sunny warm day. I think it actually gave you more of a senses of what life would really have been like.

Visited September 2013
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Carleton Place, Canada
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“what happened”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Went in August 2013. Buildings that were once open were closed, fewer costumed re-enactors, and interior displays (re created rooms) were lacking in furnishings that were at one time on display, sparse to say they least. This is an amazing historical site and i would still recommend a visit if u have not been. It wont be there forever as it is slowly 'falling' in to the water.

Visited August 2013
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Superb - you really feel part of history”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Without a doubt this is the best "living history" site I've visited. The reconstruction of the buildings has been excellent, the signposting and maps are clear but above all the re-enactors are totally committed to their roles and incredibly proud and enthusiastic about the Fortress.
Partly this is helped by the drive and long walk to get into the Fortress - you traverse the centuries as you cover the miles (sorry, kilometres). To get the most out of the experience you need to be fit! And do try and go when it's dry -it's a wide open windswept site.
Not everything is open all the time (I went at the end of high season) butit is just fun to walk along the streets and imagine what it was like all those years ago.
Not to be missed.

Visited September 2013
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