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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  • We got there early so we could get the first bus in, and it was very cool to walk the streets for a little while before any other tourists showed up. I loved the actors, they were so great at staying ...  more »
  • A very special attraction that is very well supported and constantly improved by tourism organizations in Nova Scotia. If you are going to see the tall ships, this attraction should not be missed on y...  more »
  • The faithful reconstruction of this magnificent fort is a real credit to the historians, builders and and re-enactors who bring this place to life. This fortress played a major role in the 1700's with...  more »
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  • You have to enjoy history to really love this location. I do and was not disappointed. The use of a herd of sheep to keep the grass mowed was fun to watch; they walk about freely. Have to go back for sure!
  • Even in the off season Louisbourg is an impressive sight to behold. Staff are friendly and welcoming and the Fort is really amazing to walk through when it’s so quiet.
  • Amazing place to go. Wish we had more time to spend there. Take your time, it takes a good day to go through everything.
  • Enjoyable day at an impressive location. Paid extra for a guided tour which was a good introduction. Food choice and quality should be better, it might be vaguely-authentic 1700s-style but we still had to pay 2017 prices. I pitied the poor guy that ordered the bread and cheese and got 4 small cubes.
  • I visited the fortress during the second week of October, two days before it closed for the season. Most of the activities were unavailable, but even so, I spent a good 6 hours here and enjoyed every minute. The area was cold and windy, and most of us were underdressed. If you're visiting in the fall, pack a hat, gloves, extra layers, a windbreaker and snacks. I started off with a guided tour, which lasted around an hour. Our guide told us about the history of the fortress and gave us some background about the owners and uses of each home and building. I highly recommend the tour, otherwise you won't understand the significance of the site. For extra authenticity, take the tour in French — although it might take awhile to get used to the regional dialect. I also bought the Time Travel package. We tasted a cup of rich, thick hot chocolate in the engineer's home and then met a soldier who showed us how he fired a musket. Only a handful of homes still had actors dressed in period clothing. The exhibits that were open throughout the town and in the Kings' Bastion were interesting to read, watch and listen to. A small café was open, but there wasn't much to choose from other than soup. The gift shop had some great discounts since the season was over. I recommend putting aside a full day to visit the fortress, otherwise you won't be able to see what every room has to offer or take part in activities. I don't particularly enjoy history, but the fortress was one of the highlights of my trip to Cape Breton.
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