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“The Fort @ Louisbourg”

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Louisbourg
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Authentic and back-in-time reality. Well done by the Canadian Govt. They spent a fortune on this place and it shows. Well worth the few dollars it costs to tour the facility.

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We visited the Fortress on a misty day, which added to the haunted beauty of the grounds. The "residents" of the Fortress, from small child up to soldier, appeared to always be in character. Try the baker's bread (we had the dense one that soldiers would eat). It was a fun experience.

Thank rennyrooroo
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

People we met raved about Louisbourg as a must go and we are so glad we went. We had a terrific time and could have spent two days here. We drove in from Baddack, arrived early and were the last to leave. We didn't get to see everything we wanted to.

The people are dressed in costume and are in character for a date in the mid-1770's. The site is constantly evolving and much is being done. There are terrific building recreations of the time periods and the people working there make it come alive. My kid was enthralled.

There was a lady there spinning, combing wool and knitting that took time out to talk with my daughter who was very interested in the process. She connected with here and made an impression. She liked to have taken her home and a sheep. The craft lady had designed a hat from one that fell into the latrine 200 years ago. A terrific hat of which we now have a replica. Thrilling!

We learned quite a bit about the life styles of various groups of the time period including dance. The men's calves and women's hips are still being discussed.

While we were there there was an archeological dig happening and we were happy we got to experience that as well as hear about the newly found bodies they are studying.

There was quite of bit of cannon firing, gun exhibitions and talks of soilder's lives at the time. A public punishments with lots of laughs took place.

We also had a meal there where we were only allowed to eat with a spoon. It was pretty great and the ladies running it very amusing. The meal was terrific. Haddock or a beef stew, both tasty with veggies.

Many activities for adults and children from the time period with working gardens and fields with animals like sheep, turkeys and ducks.

There are extensive ruins to explore as well. I wish we could have slept over and fully immersed for a night.

Bravo Canada for this creation! Thank you! Don't miss this experience!

Thank BrooklynMaMa
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Last visit here was in the 1970s on a family vacation. The site is well organized and filled with interesting buildings and people in period dress. We attended the noon-time lighting of the canon and had a great lunch in the restaurant - with period food [but has a debit machine!]

Thank travellingdadandkids
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

The Fort was amazing! I didn't really know what to expect when we arrived, and I was overwhelmed by the history of it all. The wandering characters were neat to see, and some of the artifacts were incredible. I loved all of the wood work (tables) and framing of the buildings, and watching how the people worked in the forge was really cool. From a distance the Fort looks like a painting with the beautiful coastline behind it. A must see.

Thank Jay R
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