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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada

Daily Programs

The Fortress of Louisbourg regularly offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Take part in the daily life of the "residents" of this 18th century fortified town and/or plan your visit around the activities that interest you most. There is no shortage of choices!


Peak Season Activities

The Fortress of Louisbourg bustles with activity every day throughout the peak season. Here is a sampling of what you can expect:

  • Orientation tours
  • Guided tours (twice daily, registration and fees apply) 
  • Some exhibit buildings open for viewing 
  • Visit with the residents and military of Louisbourg. Tour their homes and places of work, hear their stories of life at Louisbourg in the 18th century.
  • Public announcements by the town crier, military demonstrations and the daily public punishment scene that unfolds at various times throughout the day (check the "Daily Activities" schedule upon arrival)
  • Chat with the baker, purchase freshly baked bread in the bakery (after June 15)
  • Smell the coal burning, step back from the flames, watch in awe as a piece of iron is transformed into a useful tool while the blacksmith recounts his story in the forge
  • Restaurantcafé and boutique are open for business

Shoulder Season Activities

Even if you visit the Fortress of Louisbourg during the shoulder season, there are several ways to experience the site. These include:

  • Guided tours (twice daily, registration and fees apply)
  • Time Travel (three times per day: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.  $7.30 per person)
  • Exhibit buildings open for viewing 
  • Geocaching (GPS devices available) 
  • Explora rentals (Explora is a hand-held touring device) 
  • Access to Louisbourg's Ruins Walk

Please note that as we approach our peak season, some additional buildings with costumed interpreters may open to the public.


Additional Discovery and Recreational Activities

Discovery

Are you looking for additional ways to indulge your curiosity about the history of the Fortress, the cultures of its residents and the natural beauty of its surroundings? Follow the links below for information on planning your own "discovery" activities: 

Recreation

If recreation is more your thing, follow the links below to find out about swimming at the beautiful beaches of Kennington Cove and Anson's Cove or walking and hiking our nature trails, in particular Simon's Point Trail and the Lighthouse Trail: