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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada

Playing Hooky 

Delve into the lives of long ago kids on a Playing Hooky Children’s Tour

What, exactly, was it like to be a kid growing up in 18th century New France? Get a first-hand experience of a young life in the old days during Playing Hooky, a one-hour tour where young families with children between five and ten explore how different childhood was three centuries ago. Instead of going to formal school, children went to work. They tended gardens and livestock, trained as drummer boys and served in the military, and worked in the fishing industry alongside adults. Hear about their roles from Louisbourg’s gardener where you can get up close to the sheep and goats he also cares for. Visit with a soldier who conducts a military marching drill using wooden muskets. And drop in on a fisherman who explains the ins and outs of gutting cod – kids can try their hand with a less fishy, stuffed version!


1:15 p.m.
July 1 to September 7, 2015


$7.30 taxes included (entrance fees are separate)

To book:

By phone: 902-733-3552
By email:
The experience can also be purchased on site at the De la Plagne House (#34) if available.

Parents must accompany their children.