Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada

Our Interpretation

A girl in costume having fun at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
There's fun for all ages at the Fortress of Louisbourg!
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A visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg offers an experience that stimulates all of the senses. From the sounds of music and carts rolling down the street to the smell of baking bread and the taste of period meals; from the feel of period fabrics to the scent of gunpowder in the air, the senses come alive at the site, as visitors immerse themselves in another place in time. Each summer, costumed interpreters paint the picture of life as it happened in the 18th century. The sights and sounds of the 18th century are visible in period homes, exhibits, theme centres and along the waterfront. Here, visitors may stroll alongside the citizens of historic Louisbourg who bring to life the leisurely activities of the rich along with the back-breaking work of the fishermen, soldiers and servants.

Costumed staff in three period restaurants prepare and serve delicious food and beverages based on 18th century recipes, including steaming hot chocolate flavoured with spices from around the world. Visitors can enjoy a modern snack in the coffee shop or visit the King's Bakery and buy a soldier's daily ration of bread.

Two visitors interact with a costumed interpreter
Two visitors interact with a costumed animator
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There are as many different ways to experience this Site as there are different visitors. Visitors can experience a cannon firing, observe other military demonstrations or visit the home of a military officer, fisherman or town administrator. They can learn about the role of religion, crime and punishment, explore history, or choose to learn more about the various cultures central to the Louisbourg story, including that of the Mi'kmaq. Others may prefer to simply enjoy the views or explore the rugged coastline by walking trails such as the Royal Battery Trail or enjoying the beaches and picnic areas nestled along the rugged Louisbourg shoreline, including Kennington Cove, the site of Wolfe's Landing.