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  • Fête de Saint Louis

    Culture and entertainment Food and drink History
    Fête de St. Louis
    Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Eat, drink and be merry as we celebrate this traditional feast day honouring the patron saint of the French

June 15, 2019

Roots to Boots Festival

Celebrate cultural roots and coastal beauty through a unique blend of entertainment, storytelling, music, and hiking at this annual community event. Participate in a guided hike at the Louisbourg Lighthouse, the site of the first lighthouse in Canada. Test your knowledge and tap your toes at the Fortress of Louisbourg with trivia and music in a period-style tavern. This is a shared festival also taking place in the community of Chéticamp – check out their exciting events from June 13 - 16!

July 1, 2019

Canada Day

Join us to celebrate July 1, at the largest National Historic Site in Canada! The Fortress of Louisbourg welcomes visitors and local residents alike with free entry on this special day. First the territory of the Mi’kmaw people, this area was established as a French colony from 1713-1758 and was home to French, English, Acadian, Basque, German, Scottish, Irish, and African people. Explore this diverse history while enjoying the first day of our 2019 Peak Season activities, including cannon firings, a public punishment, Mi’kmaw storytelling, and more. Take a harbour-side stroll on the Old Town trail or enjoy the historic, sandy beaches at Kennington Cove. Purchase a ticket for one of our special programs and imagine yourself a resident of Louisbourg 300 years ago: fire a musket, be a prisoner for the day, sample an 18th century rum punch, or even spend the night in a period-style tent. Let history come to life!

July 6, 2019

Historic Places Day

Help us honour the diverse experiences of women at the Fortress of Louisbourg in the 18th century. To commemorate Canada Historic Places Day, four women representing four unique stories from Louisbourg’s past will fire ceremonial cannons at 3:10 p.m.

July 13-14, 2019

Paranormal Investigations Weekend

Explore a darker side of the 300-year history of the Fortress of Louisbourg and test the claim that it is one of the most haunted sites in Nova Scotia during our Paranormal Investigations Weekend July 13-14. This event offers two exclusive opportunities to join Paranormal Investigations Nova Scotia as they use specialised equipment and ghost-hunting skills to attempt to connect with the residents of Louisbourg long-ago. On July 13th the Overnight Experience offers a full evening of activities as well as camping inside the Fortress walls. Begin your evening with a welcome from Parks Canada where you will learn about some of the nocturnal creatures that call this historic site home. Then, Paranormal Investigations Nova Scotia will offer an introduction to ghost-hunting, including a sample of their previous findings.

Hear stories of shipwrecks, battles, and executions on a Haunted Louisbourg Tour, followed by a sample of Fortress Rum™ in a period-style tavern with a light meal. Begin your investigations as darkness falls, stop for a midnight snack, and finish your night by campfire-light and sleep in a modern tent (if you can!). $62.00 per person (tax included), age 19+. Tickets available for purchase June 1 by phoning 902-733-3548 or visiting the Fortress Louisbourg Association website.

Would you enjoy testing your investigation skills and returning safe-and-sound to your own bed? The Evening Experience offers a taste of the macabre in a historic setting. Enjoy the presentations by Parks Canada and Paranormal Investigations Nova Scotia, get the spine-tingling stories from the Haunted Louisbourg Tour, and participate in the investigations facilitated by the ghost-hunting experts, all before the stroke of midnight. $15.00 per person, age 13+. Tickets available for purchase June 1 by phoning 902-733-3548.

July 19-21, 2019


Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the 18th century as the streets of Louisbourg come alive in a market atmosphere during this vibrant three day festival. Re-enactors will transport you back to the 1700s while artists, artisans and musicians demonstrate their talents and links to the story of Isle Royale, now Cape Breton.

Interact with re-enactors living in the 18th century town and see how they cook, do lace making, bookbinding, blacksmithing and more. Try out archery or help restore the chapel by applying real 23k gold leaf on molding details! Get to know the story of chocolate or the New France rum trade. Meet with the Fortress of Louisbourg tradesmen as they demonstrate timber hewing and masonry techniques used to build and still use today to maintain the largest historical reconstruction in North America. Enjoy a variety of presentations, skill-oriented workshops and sales of goods in an open-air craft shops. Join us as we honour the cultural connections and legacies linked to historic 18th century Louisbourg.

The event is broken into three theme days to highlight diverse cultural aspect of 18th century Louisbourg:

  • July 19: Trades and Crafts
  • July 20: Arts and Culture
  • July 21st: Recreating the Past

Our partners include:

  • Canadian Coast Guard College
  • Cape Breton Bowman Association
  • Highland Village
  • Authentic Seacoast
  • Cape Breton University
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Re-enactment groups
  • Local artists and artisans
July 22 to August 16, 2019

UNB Bioarchaeology Field School

Rochefort Point has been severely impacted by coastal erosion. The shoreline along the coast of the Point has receded by approximately 40 feet since the 18th century, forever changing its landscape.

Due to this erosion, 18th-century burials that were once at the interior of the Point are now at risk. Parks Canada is partnering with the University of New Brunswick to host a bioarchaeology field program in which human remains will be removed. These remains will be studied, providing more information about those who once lived at Louisbourg for generations to come, and will later be reburied at a location where they will no longer be at risk.

Throughout the recovery process, our top priority is that all human remains be treated with respect, reverence and dignity.

August 10, 2019

Race Through Time

Come out and participate in the 25th Annual Louisbourg Race Through Time 8 Mile Race!

The race starts at 6 p.m. at the Fortress, and parking is available on site.

An awards ceremony and fish chowder meal will follow the race, beginning at approximately 7:45 p.m. There will be a vegetarian soup meal option available, as well. First place awards will be presented in the following categories (male & female): Open, Junior, Senior, Masters, Senior Masters, Golden Masters & Platinum Masters. The Myles Burke Memorial Award will be presented to the top local male and top local female.

Following the awards and meal, there will be a social at the Fortress from 9-11 p.m. featuring a live band. A cash bar will also be available.

Registration deadline: Monday, August 5 at midnight ($10 late fee applied after this date)

Online registration closes at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 9 – no registrations will be accepted after this time or on Race Day.

Pick up your kit on Race Day between 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the United Church Hall on Upper Warren Street in Louisbourg.

New Location: Fortress of Louisbourg - the start and finish lines will be located here!

This event has a maximum capacity of 225 participants. Please note: no refunds or deferrals. This will be a chip timed event with Limitless Race Timing.

August 17, 2019

The Great Louisbourg Sleepover

Bring your sleeping bag and share stories, music, and memories with friends and family at the Great Lousibourg Sleepover!

On August 17, you are invited to spend the night at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. The evening starts at 5:00 p.m. just as the site closes for regular visitors. You will be checked-in to your campsite complete with tent, lanterns, and floor mats, and invited to enjoy an evening of games, live entertainment, and ghost stories. Roast marshmallows over a campfire or purchase a snack from a period-style tavern. Wake up surrounded by the Fortress walls and savour a hot breakfast in the Grandchamp restaurant. This event presented by the Fortress of Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada offers a new and unforgettable way to discover and connect with this special heritage place. $56.00 per person. Tickets available for purchase June 1 by phoning 902-733-3548 or by visiting the Fortress Louisbourg Association website.

August 25, 2019

Fête de St. Louis

“Eat, Drink and be Merry”! The Fête de Saint-Louis, a traditional feast day observed in 18th century Louisbourg, celebrates St. Louis, patron saint of the French. As it was in the past, the day will include special military demonstrations, “residents” showing their best fineries in a procession, and special food displays.

Embrace the spirit of indulgence by participating in Devilish Delights: a delectable history of drink and desserts in New France and New England. Discover the colonial connections of chocolate and alcohol with slavery, class, and revolution as you enjoy the flavours and aromas of history’s favourite refreshments. Tastings include desserts made with Mars Heritage™ chocolate and craft spirits from Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company. $14.70 per person. Limited to 10 participants, bilingual program. Reserve tickets by phoning 902-733-3552 or emailing

This year marks an anniversary year for Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame in New France. The sisters were dedicated to the education of young girls and opened the first school in Louisbourg in the 18th century. We will celebrate this shared history and the continued work of the Congregation on August 25th the Fête de St Louis. Following the noon-day cannon, there will be a ½ hour mass held in the military chapel and a procession to the original 18th century convent grounds.

August 31 to September 1, 2019