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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada



Life within an 18th century French fortified town comes to life at reconstructed Louisbourg, a major trade and military hub twice besieged by the British. Send your senses back 300 years by taking part in historical gardening, cooking over an open fire, tasting rum or firing a cannon, and learn first-hand from authentically-clad “residents” what it was like to be a soldier, a woman or a kid… way back when.

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Cannon firing at Louisbourg
Have a Blast at Louisbourg!
Learn to fire a cannon as they did 300 years ago, or don military regalia as a colonial French artillery student, learning about siege warfare before firing a cannon.
Healing Gardener Garden Tour
Experience Louisbourg’s 18th century plants and herbal medicines on a Healing Gardener Garden Tour
Taste, smell and get to know uses for ornamental, medicinal and edible herbs and plants growing in the fortress’s 18th century gardens on a guided tour with Louisbourg’s gardener.
Rum tasting 
Rum is back in Louisbourg! Take part in an historic rum tasting
After three centuries, rum has returned to Louisbourg. Join an historic rum tasting, exploring the drink that sugar made, and savour an 18th century Rum Punch.
Playing Hooky Children’s Tour 
Delve into the lives of long ago kids on a Playing Hooky Children’s Tour
Delve into the lives of long ago kids. Help tend the vegetables and livestock with Louisbourg’s gardener, hear a fishing tale and march to a drill with a soldier.
Time Travel 
Time Travel into everyday lives within Louisbourg and tackle some new old skills
Time travel deep into the lives of Louisbourg’s residents, hearing about their struggles and triumphs and learning long-forgotten 18th century skills that were once commonplace during a trio of rotating workshops.

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