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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Activities

Special Events

Daily Activities

The Fortress of Louisbourg regularly offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Take part in the daily life of the "residents" of this 18th century fortified town and plan your visit around the activities that interest you most. There is no shortage of choices!


Peak Season Activities

July 1 to September 5, 2016

The Fortress of Louisbourg bustles with activity every day throughout the peak season.

10:30 a.m.
Guided Tour
Get the full story of Louisbourg - from its past to its present
De la Plagne (#23)
60 minutes; $3.90
10:50 a.m.
Fire a Musket, Have a Ball!
Sign up with the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and fire a real musket
De la Plagne (#23)
30 minutes; $36.80
11:00 a.m.
Fire a Cannon, Have a Blast!
Become a Cannoneer and fire a real cannon
De la Plagne (#23)
45 minutes; $55.20
11:00 a.m.
Life of a Soldier
Listen to his story and watch a musket firing
Guardhouse (#18)
11:00 a.m.
Children's Dance
Join in the circle and enjoy 18th century folk music
Grandchamp (#32)
11:45 a.m.
Military Pageantry
Be amazed by the fifes, drums and cannon firing
King's Bastion
12:15 p.m.
Healing Gardener - Garden Tour
Discover Louisbourg's 18th century plants and their uses
De la Plagne (#23)
60 minutes; $3.90
1:15 p.m.
Rookie Tour - Children's Program
Delve into the life of an 18th century child
De la Plagne (#23)
60 minutes; $7.30 per child
Recommended for families with children ages 5 to 10
1:20 p.m.
Fire a Musket, Have a Ball!
Sign up with the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and fire a real musket
De la Plagne (#23)
30 minutes; $36.80
1:30 p.m.
Life of a Soldier
Listen to his story and watch a musket firing
Guardhouse (#18)
1:30 p.m.
Guided Tour
Get the full story of Louisbourg - from its past to its present
De la Plagne (#23)
60 minutes; $3.90
1:30 p.m.
Children's Dance
Join in the circle and enjoy 18th century folk music
Grandchamp (#32)
2:15 p.m.
Accessible Guided Tour
Get the full story of Louisbourg - on wheels - from its past to its present
De la Plagne (#23)
45 minutes; $7.30 - Limited to 7 people per tour
2:15 p.m.
Public Punishment
Follow the crowd to the iron collar
Guardhouse (#18) to Frédéric Gate
2:25 p.m.
Fire a Cannon, Have a Blast!
Become a Cannoneer and fire a real cannon
De la Plagne (#23)
45 minutes; $55.20
2:30 p.m.
Children's Theatre
Enjoy a lively performance of folk and fairy tales
Across from #34
Until August 27, 2016
2:30 p.m. (French)
3:10 (English)
Rum: The Spirit of Louisbourg
Discover the taste and aroma of FortressTM Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar
De la Plagne (#23)
35 minutes; $10.80 - You must be 19 years of age or older
3:10 p.m.
Artillery Firing
Witness the big boom of 18th century artillery
King's Bastion
3:15 p.m.
Accessible Guided Tour
Get the full story of Louisbourg - on wheels - from its past to its present
De la Plagne (#23)
45 minutes; $7.30 - Limited to 7 people per tour
3:30 p.m.
Hiking Through History - Guided Tour
Discover the art and science of defending a fortress as you walk along the Vauban-style fortifications
De la Plagne (#23)
60 minutes; $3.90
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Upper-Class Dance
Join the elite as they practise their steps at an afternoon ball
Engineer's Residence (#13)
4:40 p.m.
Secure the Fortress - Evening gun and retreat
Finish your visit with a bang - the last blast of the day
Embrasures at Lartigue (#5)

Shoulder Season Activities

May 23 to June 30, 2016
September 6 to October 10, 2016

Even if you visit the Fortress of Louisbourg during the shoulder season, there are several ways to experience the site.

Please note that as we approach our peak season, some additional buildings with costumed interpreters may open to the public.

10:30 a.m.
Guided Tour
Get the full story of Louisbourg - from its past to its present
De la Plagne (#23)
60 minutes; $3.90
11:30 a.m. (English)
11:45 a.m. (French)
Time Travel
Rub shoulders with "authentic" Louisbourg residents as you explore what life was like 300 years ago
Guardhouse (#18)
60 minutes; $10.80
12:00 p.m.
Accessible Guided Tour
Get the full story of Louisbourg - on wheels - from its past to its present
De la Plagne (#23)
45 minutes; $7.30 - Limited to 7 people per tour
1:00 p.m.
Guided Tour
Get the full story of Louisbourg - from its past to its present
De la Plagne (#23)
60 minutes; $3.90
1:30 p.m. (English)
Rum: The Spirit of Louisbourg
Discover the taste and aroma of FortressTM Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar
De la Plagne (#23)
35 minutes; $10.80 - You must be 19 years of age or older
2:00 p.m. (English)
2:15 p.m. (French)
Time Travel
Rub shoulders with "authentic" Louisbourg residents as you explore what life was like 300 years ago
Guardhouse (#18)
60 minutes; $10.80
2:15 p.m.
Accessible Guided Tour
Get the full story of Louisbourg - on wheels - from its past to its present
De la Plagne (#23)
45 minutes; $7.30 - Limited to 7 people per tour
2:30 p.m.
(French)
Rum: The Spirit of Louisbourg
Discover the taste and aroma of FortressTM Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar
De la Plagne (#23)
35 minutes; $10.80 - You must be 19 years of age or older
3:30 p.m.
The Fortress at a Glance
Join this orientation tour to quickly understand the key elements of the Fortress's history and the various places of interest to visit
De la Plagne (#23)
30 minutes; $2.40

Additional Discovery and Recreational Activities

Discovery

Are you looking for additional ways to indulge your curiosity about the history of the Fortress, the cultures of its residents and the natural beauty of its surroundings? Follow the links below for information on planning your own "discovery" activities:

Recreation

If recreation is more your thing, follow the links below to find out about swimming at the beautiful beaches of Kennington Cove and Anson's Cove or walking and hiking our nature trails, in particular Simon Point Trail and the Lighthouse Trail: