History buffs and culture lovers will enjoy touring the ruins of a star-shaped fort that was vital to the 18th-century struggle between France and Britain over Acadie. Kids can dress up like “gate guards” and patrol the fort’s earthen glacis, casemates and battlegrounds. The site’s wide-open spaces make for wondrous kite flying, bird watching and picnics. You may be rewarded with a sighting of a northern harrier, a bald eagle or a snowy owl!

2019 program

Guided tours

Meet your Parks Canada interpreter at the Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site Visitor Centre to discover the history of this place through a guided tour of the fort.

  • Twice a day from July 2 to August 25
  • 11 am in French
  • 2 pm in English
  • Subject to availability of staff and/or other special events and activities
Congrès mondial acadien 2019 (Word Acadian Congress)

A great opportunity to learn more about the history of the Chignecto Isthmus, guided tours of the Beaubassin and Fort Lawrence National Historic Sites will be offered during the Acadian World Congress.

  • Every day from August 17 to August 23
  • 3 pm in English and French
Guitar War in the Fort

A unique experimental musical performance that will shake the fort's bastions and casemates!

Featuring the blazing guitar work of Denis Surette (Les Païens), Stephen Leblanc (An Acoustic Sin, Rock des Fous, Dominique Dupuis), Jock Downs (Terry Whalen Band, Mellow Jack) and Philippe Desjardins.

This 45-minute presentation will interpret the history of the site from the inhabitation of the area by the Mi’gmaq through wars and turbulence caused by conflict between France and England to present day.

  • August 11
  • 2 pm

A visit to the site wouldn’t be complete without a tour through the museum and interpretation centre where a number of artifacts are displayed telling the story of the history, events and people of the Chignecto Isthmus area.

Flash exhibits will also be rotated every few weeks throughout the summer so visitors will want to take those in even if they’ve been through the museum before. There’s always something new to discover!

Coats of arms

As part of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 (World Acadian Congress), discover the coat of arms of several Acadian families. Learn more about the description and meaning of the symbols of these coat of arms.

  • August 5 to September 2


As part of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 (World Acadian Congress), come see the many faces of Beausoleil Broussard, then and now.

Patriot, outlaw, pirate...

"…the greatest rascal alive…"

  • August 11 to September 2