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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!