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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada


Rum is back in Louisbourg! Take part in an historic rum tasting

After an absence of 300 years, rum has once again taken up residence within Louisbourg’s stone walls. Step into the Hotel de la Marine on a Rum Tasting: The Drink That Sugar Made experience. Learn the importance of New France’s 18th century rum trade - how sugarcane and its alcoholic offshoot influenced trade, shipping, and slavery in colonial North America. As a vital Europe-Caribbean trading port, much rum once passed through Louisbourg’s gates, traded for Nova Scotia fish and lumber. Parks Canada has partnered with the Authentic Seacoast Company who created a special edition rum, stored in barrels to be aged in Louisbourg’s storehouse. Learn not only how rum is made, but how the favourite imbibement of Louisbourg's middle or upper class tasted – savour a sample of 18th century rum punch, swirl it around your mouth, note the warm notes. À la santé and cheers!


3:00 p.m. in English; 3:30 p.m. in French
July 1 to September 7, 2015


$10.80 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.

Note: You must be 19 years of age or older.