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Review of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
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Owner description: 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.
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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“Step Back In time like a Time Traveller”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014

Louisbourg is a great way to spend a day learning Early French Colonial history. A reconstructed settlement offers plenty to see and do. You and your family will be learning history by watching history unfold around you. Visit an old fisherman, see how residents of different classes lived, talk to a wealthy merchant and his wife, take a dance lesson, stop by an Inn for a meal and a drink, watch the garden be weeded,buy a loaf of bread, be taken prisoner, see the guards fire their muskets, learn how to make bobbin lace. This is a place to go if you love history.Participation is encouraged! Great fun for families with middle school age children. Be prepared for much colder, weather than the rest of Cape Breton Island. Bring a warm jacket and rain gear. This is a walking site! you need good shoes and a desire to do lots and lots of walking! Don't be surprised if you do not see it all in one day! We have gone three times over the past ten years and still have more to do!

Visited July 2013
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Millbrook, Canada
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“A Great Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

I spent a full day in Louisbourg and could have returned the next day. There is so much to see. The character actors did a great job of portraying the inhabitants of the fortress of the 1700's The "inhabitants" were always ready to provide an answer to any and all questions and their presence enhanced the atmosphere of that period. The reconstruction of the fortress was impressive. Provides a real sense of the era and the conflict between France and Britain at that time.

Visited June 2013
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Dartmouth, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Absolutely worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

This is an experience you should put a day aside for. The reconstruction is amazing.The experience goes beyond just the site, the actors and the hosts and hostesses make it am awesome experience.

Visited July 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great day trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

We didn't have enough time here. With all of the activities, it's worth spending the whole day. You are even encouraged to join in some of the presentations.

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Canada
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“Unique historical attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

Fortress Louisbourg is an impressive reconstruction of an 18th century French fortress and a National Historic Site of Canada.
We visit the Fortress of Louisburg at least once a year because of its proximity to us and various activities that are promoted during the summer. My favourite activity is the Race Through Time, a 13 km run that includes running through the fortress just before sunset. It's one of the "10 Must Runs" in Canada.
Travellers need to plan to dress for inclement weather as the weather in Louisbourg can be windier, cooler, foggier and rainier than the surrounding area. Travellers also need to be aware that during the shoulder seasons the fortress may not be fully operational.

Visited August 2013
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