Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada

Experiences to Discover

Time Travel

An interpreter shows a visitor how to make lace
Conversation with Mme De Ganne, a part of the Time Travel experience 
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Stimulate your senses among the splendour of Canada's largest historical reconstruction!

Our trio of rotating workshops offer many opportunities to explore a place that time has forgotten. Rub shoulders with local characters, the De Gannes and the Chief Engineer's servants, as they provide a rare glimpse into the exciting challenges faced by the resilient residents of the 18th century town. Revel in the magnificence of the King's Bastion while you hear stirring tales of soldiers testing their mettle in an unfamiliar new environment. And for pure indulgence, treat yourself to the elegant bliss of our chocolate demonstrations, delighting in a first-hand experience making hot chocolate the "old fashioned" way.

Make 'n' Bake

At the Fortress of Louisbourg, we're ready to delight all your senses! Savour the good times with our new 18th century cookie-baking workshop. Uncover the secrets of this French society's culinary customs and traditions while you treat yourself to an unbeatable taste of Louisbourg's history, learning first-hand tricks and tips from a servant in the Engineer's kitchen. Canada's premier historic attraction is proud to offer this one-of-a-kind opportunity to take part in a delightful activity everyone can enjoy!


A visitor stands at the carcan as part of the Jailbird experience
Jailbird experience 
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day as a character in New France? This program not only offers you the chance to be at the heart of the action—you will also be the star! Become a prisoner for the day at the historic Fortress of Louisbourg. You will be thrown in jail where you will only have bread and water as a pittance. Then, two soldiers will pick you up and bring you into the public to receive your punishment. Is your curiosity piqued? Come enjoy an exciting and unique experience!

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