Enjoy the sights and sounds of Louisbourg National Historic Site, North America's largest 18th century historic reconstruction. Admire the spectacular setting of this fortress and an impressive view from the harbour. Join visitors as they cross a bridge and enter the world of historic Louisbourg. Stroll along the cobblestone streets with costumed interpreters as they go about their daily activities. Watch soldiers in period costumes march in unison and fire their muskets. Peek inside the historic houses, inns and other buildings and get a taste of what you can see and do at Louisbourg today, including bread baking, basket-making and cooking. At the blacksmith shop, watch a blacksmith at work and feel the heat of the red-hot fire. Enjoy the sound of traditional music throughout much of this video.
Originally built by the French on modern-day Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the Fortress of Louisbourg was the capital of Île Royale (Cape Breton Island), a thriving seaport with one of the busiest harbours in North America and one of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the New World. It was captured by British and New England colonial forces twice; it was destroyed the second time. In the 1940s, it was reconstructed so that today visitors can experience this exceptional fortified town.