Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

House Museum/Homestead
259 Park Service Rd, Louisbourg, NS B1C 2L2, Canada
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Open Year Round, level of service varies between seasons. Shoulder Season: Victoria Day to June 30. Daily 9:30am to 5:00pm. Peak Season: July 1 to September 17. Daily 9:30am to 5:00pm. Shoulder Season: September 18 to Thanksgiving Day. Daily 9:30am to 5:00pm. Low Season: October 12, 2021 to May 23, 2022. Monday to Friday except Holidays, 9:30am to 4:00pm.

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Surrounded by Cape Breton’s rocky shoreline, the Fortress of Louisbourg brings you back to French colonial life between 1713 and 1758. First the home of L’nu, also known as the Mi’kmaq, the 18th century brought French, Basque, German, English, Irish, Scottish, and African people to its shores. Immerse yourself in this diverse history as you explore a beautiful coastal landscape. Take in the looming fortifications, kitchen gardens, and elegant houses of the reconstruction, then wander original 18th century ruins for a full experience of the past come to life.

Costumed animators, fascinating exhibits, breathtaking scenery, and coastal trails offer unforgettable experiences for all travellers. Discover the many cultures that helped shape Canada and continue to thrive on Cape Breton-Unama’ki, through music, dance, language, craft and culinary traditions. Connect with a land that is filled with memory and share in fun experiences that will last a lifetime.

The Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest historical reconstruction in North America. For the best experience, we recommend you plan a minimum of four hours for your visit. With so much to explore, you may just wish to come back the next day!


  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Washrooms

Fun Facts

Louisbourg is the site of the first observatory in Canada. The dark skies over the Fortress make it the perfect place to stargaze 300 years later, when you spend the night with a stay in the 18th-century style Lartigue House.

Two defining battles in Canada’s history took place here in 1745 and 1758, involving the French, English, Acadian, and Mi’kmaw peoples.

Nature and history here on the doorsteps of the Atlantic Ocean. Explore five coastal hiking trails, two sandy beaches, and the Louisbourg Lighthouse.


259 Park Service Rd, Louisbourg, NS B1C 2L2, Canada
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