Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Months of Operation
May 22 - October 15
Hours Of Operation
9:30am –5pm daily; Oct 15–May 20 Mon–Fri 9:30am–4pm except statutory holidays. Some programs and services available by pre-arrangement.
58 Wolfe Street, Louisbourg, Fleur-de-lis/Marconi/Metro CB
Festivals & Events
On Cape Breton’s rocky shoreline east of Sydney, Nova Scotia, the Fortress of Louisbourg brings you back into one of North America’s busiest 18th-century seaports. Founded by the French in 1713, this one-quarter reconstruction of the original French town and fortifications is the largest – and best – of its kind in North America, offering a wealth of experiences for visitors to enjoy.
Today, the modern town of Louisbourg welcomes travellers from around the world with an amazing fortress, spectacular walking trails, fishing wharves along the winding Havenside Road, exceptional music and theatre at the intimate Louisbourg Playhouse, and fresh seafood to savour. Absorb the beauty of the surroundings, have a picnic at Lighthouse Point (site of the first lighthouse in Canada, 1734), stroll along the beaches at Kennington Cove, and don’t miss the Sydney & Louisburg Railway Museum.
Stay in one of a number of friendly local accommodations, ranging from inns, suites, and bed and breakfasts to campgrounds and cabins. You can also spend the night inside the fortress walls by camping in one of the historic homes or rent a period tent with all the equipment.
Open all year long!
Visit in the summer (July 1 to September 14, 2018) to feel the ground shake from the blast of the cannon you’ve just fired or sign up with the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and fire an exact replica of an 18th-century musket. Savour soldier’s bread fresh from the stone bakery or the catch of the day in the ambiance of an 18th-century tavern. Play the role of the prisoner during the Public Punishment or satisfy your thirst for history and local spirits with a Fortress™ Rum tasting. Chat with fishermen, merchants, sailors, soldiers, and servants. Explore the beautiful beach and scenic hiking trails nearby. Enjoy one of the pub nights in the evening or stay the night to wake up in the past in a period-style home or an equipped 18th-century–style tent.
Visit in the spring (May 21 to June 30, 2018) or the fall (September 15 to October 14, 2018) to explore what life was like 300 years ago with our Time Travel program, including a taste of Heritage hot chocolate. Discover the taste and aroma of Fortress™ Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar, or enjoy one of our guided tours. Hunt for one of our geocaches, using your GPS device throughout the site. Marvel at the stunning views of both the sea and the Fortress from one of our hiking trails (open throughout the year).
Visit in the winter (October 15, 2018, to May 20, 2019) to discover the exterior architecture of the Fortress’ reconstructed buildings. Stroll through the streets and backyards of the town and imagine what your life here would have been like back then. Add to your experience by taking a guided tour using our popular Louisbourg app, available for both Android and Apple devices. It features audio tours of both the reconstructed town and the area of the Fortress that still lies in ruins.
Whether you’re strolling through the town’s streets or simply sitting in front of a crackling fire, you’ll truly experience life as it was in the 18th century.
Facilities / Services
Bilingual/Multilingual staff available
This property accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Debit card.
Admission: Admission charged.