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“Definitely worth a visit”

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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We had a great time here - far better than expected. It's also great value too as there is so much to see. You should also have lunch there as it's served as it would have been back 'in the day' and you are given a single spoon and the food is served on metal plates etc - great experience and also the food was really tasty. All the staff there (one's in costume and the guides etc) were all really knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. You could spend hours here if you want too as there are also some great walks along the coast if you get a nice day. Really recommend a visit here if you're in the area - you won't be disappointed!

Visited June 2014
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Panhandle of Florida
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“Foggy and Rainy and still Awesome!!”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

We got to experience the fort on a quiet day full of fog and rain, which made tasting the Heritage Hot Chocolate all that better!! We took the "Time Travelers" tour and learned a lot about the daily lives of the people who called this fort their home. Fantastic memories!

Visited June 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“An outstanding historical site”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Although we were there during a "shoulder" season, the guides were extremely helpful and competent. There were very few people in costumes but the ones that we saw were all playing their roles and explaining their roles as historical figures. We enjoyed every minute of it and know that during the summer months it will be even a greater experience. Not to be missed!

Visited June 2014
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Saint John, Canada
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“Would be awesome during the peak season”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

I visited in the off-season, so not many of the buildings were open. However, the site was larger than I expected, and I can imagine that it would be amazing during the peak season when everything is open, so for that reason I will give it a 5 star rating. We only spent an hour there, but again, could probably have spent at least half a day if it was all open. It's a great place for people interested in history, or great education for kids.

Visited June 2014
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Surrey, Canada
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“Shoulder season, limited buildings open, but still a full day”
Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

This is shoulder season so not everything is open, but on the other hand things are quiet and we could wander a will. We have a parks pass so entry its free but we pay for a time travel tour. We arrived just before 11 and were third in line so we had hoped to join the Time Travel tour. The first person in line took ten minutes to decide what they were doing and to ask questions, so by the time we were served we were too late and scheduled the 1:30 tour. We enjoy wandering around, trying doors, scoping out the Sisters exhibit, the latrines, the Carrarot house, checking out the turkeys, geese, chickens and goats. We peeked in the windows of what we could not enter.The fort its large and the wind its harsh, but as it was pointed out there was snow just a couple weeks ago so we cope.

The French built the fortress and were ousted by the British. It was given back and the British took it again only this time they burned it so it could not be returned to the French.

The characters wandering the streets were friendly and entertaining.

The Time Travel tour its in segments. The military area first, them a middle class home shown to us by the servant, the mother in law showed us the salon area and then we went to another house. It was really good until the last bit. This guide was okay but when we moved into a smaller area of the house about six of us were left in the last room. I am sure we could have squeezed in if the guide had encouraged people to fill in spaces.

The last stop is the cafe for heritage hot chocolate. A welcome treat.

We spent over four hours here, and did not see all that was open during this shoulder season.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Mari Anne H
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