Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

A visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Cape Breton is like taking a step back in history to a time when the French and English crowns fought for control of the New World, and all of Nova Scotia was a battleground.

The Fortress is the largest historical reconstruction in North America and offers an incredible window to all aspects of life as lived by some of our first European settlers.

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Fire a Musket, Have a Ball!

Sign up with the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and get a soldier’s basic training (no push-ups required!). You will fire an exact replica of an 18th-century musket. Safe and fun, you’ll have a ball!

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Rum: The Spirit of Louisbourg

Discover the taste and aroma of Fortress™ Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar. Sample an authentic Rum Punch recipe and learn how sugar cane and its alcoholic offshoot influenced trade, shipping, and slavery in colonial North America. Fortress™ Rum captures the authentic spirit of New France’s historic rum trade. À la santé and cheers!

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18th-Century Equipped Camping

Wake up in the past! Camp under the stars, safe inside the fortress walls as you become one of the town residents for the night. Tackle the outdoors and cultural activities all at once. We provide a period tent (already set up), lanterns, floor mats, a propane stove, and a fire pit to make your own fire. Or sleep in a period style house located in the fortified town.

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Beggar’s Banquet

Dine 18th century style at the Beggar's Banquet in Louisbourg.

The Beggar’s Banquet, based on the historical tradition of holding a secret banquet for the poor, is unlike any other dining experience in Nova Scotia. In a setting reminiscent of an 18th century working-class tavern, you’re invited to attend wearing reproduction period costumes that are provided by the hosts. While you dine you’ll be treated to storytelling, dance, and traditional music of the period.

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Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail

As part of the Fortress of Louisbourg reconstruction, this 55 foot tall lighthouse was completed in 1933. It sits on the site of Canada’s first lighthouse and the second in North America. Portions of the original lighthouse foundation, built by the French in 1734, are still visible. The site also features hiking trails that provide stunning views of the area, complete with interpretive panels highlighting the region’s history and surrounding natural wonders.

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Experiences and Events at Fortress of Louisbourg

A trip to the Fortress of Louisbourg is like taking a step back in time with experiences that allow you to get hands-on learning.

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