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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.
Mississauga, Canada
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“historic legend of canadian and north american history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

Knowing the history well, it was impressive to see the fortress right there. Entrance in peak july season was slightly pricey but still worth doing. Kinda disspointing to hear that the original was destroyed in war and this is actually more of a replica fortress

Visited July 2013
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“Best and largest fortress in North America”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

A short drive from Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Fortress Louisbourg is the protective battlement for the French Empire in North America prior to 1755. Destroyed by the British and then, later, rebuilt by the Canadian Government in the 1960 - 1970 period.
This is the biggest solid stone fort in North America. In the summer it is populated by re-enactors who bring the fortress to life and transport you to the 17th century. From the challenge "Friend or Foe" at the gate to the exhibits and restaurants, it is like a time machine trip to the past.
Well worth the drive to Cape Breton, one of the most scenic parts of eastern Canada.

Visited May 2013
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Cape Breton Island, Canada
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“A must see when visiting Cape Breton”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

An amazing reconstruction that is great for the whole family. Animators round out the authentic experience with lots to keep little ones and older adults entertained.

Visited August 2013
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“The jewel in Canada's crown!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

It is a magical experience and all Canadians should visit here. This place defined Canada and North America, was the number one trading place for France, Britain, Asia, etc.

Aside from the history, the scenery is beyond amazing and hiking trails along the coast that will take your breath away. In fact, at this moment, the site and area are being used for the mini TV series on slavery.

Great people, fresh seafood, restaurants and RV or B&Bs all over town.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Immerse Yourself in History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

It's the size and scale of Louisbourg that most impress me. Unlike smaller sites, you become completely immersed in history. The sights, sounds, smells, and even flavours of the eighteenth century all come alive. My elementary-school-aged daughter and her cousins thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot about Canadian history at the same time. I've been to the fortress many times but never have I seen it looking as good as on this visit. Everything seemed to have been given a fresh coat of paint, the exhibits were updated, and everything was freshly cleaned. There were costumed and uniformed animators in almost every room of every building we entered. They engaged us in conversation, proudly showed us how they make their crafts, and told us about the history of the buildings and the people who lived here. Don't even think about spending less than a full day here.

Visited July 2013
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