Life within an 18th century fortified French town comes to life at reconstructed Louisbourg, a major trade and military hub twice besieged by the British. Send your senses back 300 years by taking part in historical gardening, cooking over an open fire, tasting rum or firing a cannon, and learn first-hand from authentically-clad “residents” what it was like to be a soldier, a woman or a kid…way back when.

Visiting with Young Children? Explore with Club Parka!

With the Club Parka booklet kids can explore, learn and have fun! The booklets are available on site. With the Photo Missions App, kids are invited to help Parka and Chirp find and photograph specific items found at our place! Download the app for free before visiting. Once one or both activities are completed, they will receive a reward!

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  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    ​Delve into the lives of long ago kids on a children's "Rookie" tour

    Explore how different childhood was three centuries ago. Instead of going to school, head to work. Learn how to tend gardens and livestock with one of Louisbourg's gardeners and get up close to the sheep and goats they care for.

  • Stay the night

    Wake up in the past!

    Your 18th century experience doesn’t have to end when the gates close at 5:00. Camp under the stars, safe inside the fortress walls, or sleep in a period house just as they did 300 years ago.

  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    ​Fire a cannon: have a blast at Louisbourg!

    Learn to fire a cannon as they did 300 years ago, or don military regalia as a colonial French artillery student, learning about siege warfare before firing a cannon.

  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

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

    Discover the taste and aroma of Fortress™ Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar. Be part of a colonial tradition as rum was one of the most popular drinks of 18th century Louisbourg.

  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    ​Fire a musket: have a ball at Louisbourg!

    Sign up with the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and get a soldier's basic training (no push-ups required!). You will fire an exact replica of an 18th century musket. Safe and fun, you'll have a ball!

All activities

Geocaching Geocaching
Lookout Lookout
Theatre Theatre
Sea birds Bird watching
Photo Opportunity Photography
Bicycles Cycling
Picnic area Picnicking