Royal Battery National Historic Site, located within the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia, is an archaeological site that dominates the north shore of Louisbourg Harbour. Enjoy the salty breeze from Louisbourg Harbour and listen to the sounds of lapping waves as you wander this unique landscape. The short, 0.8-kilometer (0.4 mile) trail traces the ruins of an 18th-century French fortification. History buffs will love the chance to explore this archaeological feature up close, untouched after nearly three centuries.
In spring and summer, pack a picnic, watch for swooping shorebirds and capture the picturesque sight of fishing boats returning with their catch. In the winter, grab your snowshoes and keep your eyes peeled for seals bobbing amongst the sea-ice drifting in the harbour.
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- National Historic Site
- Wheelchair Access
The original French military fortification that once stood on this site played a pivotal role in the 1745 siege, when English forces overtook the French Fortress of Louisbourg.
This area was returned to the French following a treaty in 1749, however English forces attacked again in 1758, a decisive battle in Canadian history.
The Royal Battery and all the major French fortifications at the Fortress of Louisbourg were systematically destroyed by the British in 1760.
Stone from this site was removed by those who settled in Louisbourg following the English victory and used as building stones for other structures.
Royal Battery National Historic Site, Park Service Rd, Fortress Of Louisbourg, NS, Canada