Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Louisbourg

Visit Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a partial reconstruction of an 18th-century French fortress. Originally part of the most extensive fortifications in North America, this National Historic Site now allows you to step back in time as you admire the architecture and period weapons, and interact with actors dressed as townsfolk from the era. During peak season, you can see a musket demonstration or puppet shows, participate in workshops, and enjoy a delicious meal at the onsite restaurant. See Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and all Louisbourg has to offer by arranging your trip with our Louisbourg online day trip planner .
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  • What a gem this place is. Steeped with history about the French resistance to the 2 successful English attack’s of 1745 and 1758. As an Englishman and all previous quarrels aside I was full of admirat...  more »
  • We visit here every time we visit Cape Breton. It has a vast amount of history and we learn something new every time we visit. It seems like every time we visit less and less building are open to visi...  more »
  • It was awesome, pleasant and informative staff. Food at local restaurant/ pub was authentic and delicious.  more »
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  • This was the most amazing historic visit I have ever been to. I fired the Cannon which was incredible. From the historic soldiers to the interactive exhibits it was fascinating. I loved that I could go into all the different buildings and rooms which are locked off at other locations like the citadel in Halifax. We spent 5 hours there and had an amazing day! I would recommend this to everyone. Also, book the extra things like firing cannons and muskets, it really makes the experience special.
  • There's so much to see here. Plan on spending an entire day and try to do a bit of research ahead of time so you'll be able to prioritize better. Bring a hat, sunscreen and wear good shoes. There is a walking tour at 10:30, so if you get there early enough to get tickets, that's a good way to start. There are walking tours later in the day also. We saw the military stuff first, some by the entrance gate and then to the King's Bastion as well as the governor's house, the church and the barracks. Fascinating. Then on to the town. This is a living history site so there are people throughout who can give you details about the time period. Lunch is served three places, basic soup lunch, more substantial a la carte lunch and then a full count lunch for $27.99. we opted for the middle level and enjoyed our lunch and good conversation with our table neighbors. We also walked the Ruins Trail which was interesting, but did involve some rough and uneven terrain, so be prepared. No flip flops. You also need to be on the lookout for the point of interest signage. They're a bit off the trail, but worth finding. Staff and volunteers at the site were very helpful.
  • What an amazing place for everyone to visit. Clean facility, lots and lots to see and do. With so many people in character there isn't too much reading to do. Highly recommend the kids program "rookie tour" for the young ones. Price was very, very reasonable. Come early in the day as it will take a good 5 or 6 hours to experience everything.
  • interesting fortress. the staff and interns stick to their theme and the conversations were pretty much as though in the past. We were stopped by the guards at the entrance and were questioned where we belong. when we said united states, they said "never heard of it". we then understood that they are enacting as if in the past and that we should say we belong to the french and if not the king will jail us for 6-8 months. It was hilarious as we started figuring their attitude. the information booklet was very helpful in understanding the buildings and their importance in the fortress. we had a nice time here.
  • Amazing historical site. As a history buff, I spent the entire day exploring the fortress and taking in the interpretive activities. Kids loved the musket and cannon demonstration. When it goes off you can feel the concussive force of the cannon firing from across the courtyard. Guided tours were awesome for the kids, highlighting three roles in the fortress, soldier, farmer and fisherman. Kids had a blast "cleaning" the cod.
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