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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

58 Wolfe St, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2J2, Canada
+1 902-733-3552
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Visited the fort today and thought it was a really good experience. They have demonstrations of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Karen L
Wigan, United Kingdom
Returning to the past

Well laid out, the staff were very friendly and helpful. Nice clean buses. It was free to go and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Halifax Nova scotia
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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.
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58 Wolfe St, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2J2, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited the fort today and thought it was a really good experience. They have demonstrations of the way certain things were done in that age and lots of people in period dress. They demonstrated gun firing and canon firing and overall we thought it was...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well laid out, the staff were very friendly and helpful. Nice clean buses. It was free to go and see the fort but Tours were extra.

Thank ironworker752
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Me and my girlfriend went to the fortress in the morning and stayed all day. The guided tour is well worth it but do it in the morning before touring not after like us. Also the royal bastion has some cool musket and canon exhibits...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We spend about 4 hours at the Fortress, a 1960's reconstruction of the original settlement and fortifications. This is not a Disney affair but a historically accurate site. Volunteers in period costume help bring the past to life, there were more than I expected. Like...More

Thank Paul_of_Ashby
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I recently spent four hours at the fortress. We had been there many years earlier with our kids, but this time we traveled with two friends, and were able to take the time to fully benefit from the day there. We were...More

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ended up here one afternoon with my family. My brother payed to fire a gun and said it was worth the money. The only thing that we didn't enjoy was that some staff seemed tired of their jobs. A few of them really didn't want...More

Thank CrossCanada
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great day at the Fort. We wandered around the many buildings and exhibits. We watched many live actions, drumming, musket firing, arrests, firing of the cannon. It was wonderful and quite leisurely. Everything was first class. All of the employees we interacted...More

Thank WilliamM1098
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had only half a day as we had to be in Halifax for dinner so we would like to go back again.A full day is really required. We would recommend you take the guided tour as soon as you arrive as you get your...More

1  Thank David B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great way to step back into time and see what life was like in the 1700's. Very informative and educational. A worth while trip.

Thank pepe0071969
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure to arrive early. You need to go to the visitors center first then take a bus to the fortress. Took us about an hour or so to go through. There were period interpreters is some of the buildings. All very friendly and informative....More

Thank Jo Ann B
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5 June 2017|
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Response from FortressofLouisbourg | Property representative |
Hi! There is no dog kennel located at the gate of the Fortress but there is one in the modern town of Louisbourg called Doggy Daycare. You can phone them at 902-733-3775. It opens June 15, 8:30 - 5:30pm. Rates are $6/hour or... More
30 April 2017|
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Response from FortressofLouisbourg | Property representative |
Hi and thanks for your interest in visiting the Fortress. We recommend 4 hours to visit the site. We will be in our shoulder season until October 15th with programs and costume staff still on site. Please note that after the... More
Thomas B
11 April 2017|
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Response from FortressofLouisbourg | Property representative |
Hello there, thank you for your interest in visiting the Fortress. We are about a 30 minute drive from Sydney. If you are not planning on purchasing one of the ship excursions you can get a taxi from the port which will run... More