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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.

Featured Activities

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.

All Activities

Click here to download our 2015 Activity Guide, Where the Past Comes to Life (PDF, 6.1 mb).

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Hiking Through History – Guided Tour Hiking Through History

The capture of the town during the sieges of 1745 and 1758 had an undeniable impact on Louisbourg's history. Discover siege warfare on an actual 18th-century battlefield that has remained intact for centuries. This unique historical hike will let you explore new horizons with stunning views of the fortifications and the science behind them. All while breathing in the fresh air of Louisbourg!

Daily, 60 minutes | 3:30 p.m.
July 1 to September 7, 2015 | $3.90 (entrance fees are separate)
To book: 902-733-3552 |
The experience can also be purchased on site at the De la Plagne House (#23) if space is available.

Touching History – A Hands-On Tour Touching History: A Hands-On Tour

Getting new furniture can be complicated. Imagine furnishing the largest fortress reconstruction in North America! Discover how it was done. Listen to stories that will touch your heart as you handle objects as old as the 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg!

Daily, 60 minutes | 3:30 p.m.
May 18 to June 30, 2015 and September 8 to October 12, 2015 | $7.30 (entrance fees are separate)
To book: 902-733-3552 |  
The experience can also be purchased on site at the De la Plagne House (#23) if space is available.

Guided Tours

Get the full story of the Fortress of Louisbourg – from its past to its present. Join us on a walking tour through the streets of the reconstructed part of the fortified town. A guided tour on wheels (accessible guided tour) is also available in the shoulder seasons.

To book: 902-733-3552 | | Tours can also be purchased on site if space is available.

Walking Guided Tour

Daily, 60 minutes | $3.90 (entrance fees are separate)

July 1 to September 7, 2015: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
September 8 to October 12, 2015: 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Accessible Guided Tour

Daily, 45 minutes (Limited to 7 people per tour) | $7.30 taxes included (entrance fees are separate)

July 1 to September 7, 2015: 2:15 pm in English and 3:15 pm in French
September 8 to October 12, 2015: 12:00 p.m. in English and 2:15 p.m. in French