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  • Escape Louisbourg

    Culture and entertainment
    lock and key
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Think you can crack the code and Escape Louisbourg with 60 minutes on the clock? Join us on Tuesday to Friday evenings for an exciting, new set of escape rooms. Escape rooms run for an hour at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm Tuesdays to Fridays from June 28 to September 2. Max 6 participants per group. For more information visit: https://www.fortressoflouisbourg.ca/

  • Fête du Chocolat

    Culture and entertainment Food and drink History
    chocolate
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Taste your way through a weekend of delectable living history presentations at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Learn about this “food from the gods” from expert Basque chocolatier, Rafa Gorrotxategi, who will prepare regional delicacies and give demonstrations throughout the weekend. Louisbourg had a significant presence of Basque merchants and fishers in the 18th century. As the Basque were some of the first Europeans to produce and consume chocolate, it is no surprise that Louisbourg’s historical records, especially the archival probate inventories, have many references to chocolate.
    Chocolate activities will be offered, and local Nova Scotia chocolatiers will have products available for purchase for this weekend only. Come and celebrate all things cacao as we “Basque” in chocolate!

     

  • UNB Bioarchaeology Field School

    Culture and entertainment History
    UNB Bioarchaeology Field School
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    The shoreline along the coast of the Rochefort Point has been severely impacted by coastal erosion and has receded by approximately 40 feet since the 18th century. Due to this erosion, 18th-century burials that were once at the point’s interior 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, studied, and later be reburied at a safer location.

    Visit the field school this summer, the only one of its kind in North America, and discover what we can learn about the people of Louisbourg past through bioarchaeology. See staff at work, find out what we’ve uncovered so far, and what we hope to learn in the years to come.

    This excavation will take place from Monday to Friday, weather permitting, on the above-listed dates.

  • Indulge Louisbourg

    Culture and entertainment Food and drink History
    candlelit
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Join us for an evening of 18th-century indulgence at Fortress of Louisbourg. Experience a night out as the French did in the 1700s with a refined meal, music and games, and a stroll through the luxurious gardens.

    Arrive at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site for a pre-dinner garden party any time after 5:00 pm at the Storehouse Tavern. Indulge in the high life with live music and a glass of local craft beer, cider as well as Fortress Rum™.

    A delectable meal, chosen and crafted by our in-house chef, inspired by 18th century French cuisine, in Restaurant de la Marine at 7:00 pm. Savor the flavors perfected over 300 years with an elevated, multi-course meal experience that can only be found at Fortress of Louisbourg!

    Available Tuesdays to Fridays, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

  • Paranormal Investigations Weekend

    Culture and entertainment History
    Paranormal Investigations Weekend
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    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 August 5 and 6. This event offers two exclusive opportunities to join paranormal investigators as they use specialised equipment and ghost-hunting skills to attempt to connect with the residents of Louisbourg long-ago.

    On August 6, the Overnight Experience offers a full evening of activities as well as camping inside the fortress walls. Begin your evening with a check-in to your campsite. Investigators 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, then enjoy some “spirits” in our period-style tavern. Begin your investigations as darkness falls, and finish your night by campfire-light and sleep in a modern tent (if you can!). Tickets available for purchase by phoning 902-733-3548 or visiting https://www.fortressoflouisbourg.ca/

    Would you enjoy testing your investigation skills and returning safe-and-sound to your own bed? The August 5 Evening Experience offers a taste of the macabre in a historic setting. 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 when you are able to return home for the night. Tickets available for purchase by phoning 902-733-3548 or visiting https://www.fortressoflouisbourg.ca/

  • Race through Time

    Culture and entertainment Food and drink History Sports and recreation
    Race through Time
    Time: 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    You’re invited to join this annual eight-mile race through the modern town and historical communities of Louisbourg! 

    Registration Fee: $40.00 until Aug. 8; $50.00 from Aug. 9-12 at 12 noon; registration not confirmed until fee received by e-transfer at louisbourgroadracecommittee@gmail.com

    Contact: chynes@cbrm.ns.ca or calvinpitcher@gmail.com

    Race Kit Pick-up: Race day from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the United Church Hall on Upper Warren Street, Louisbourg (allow 15 minutes to travel from downtown Louisbourg to Fortress site). $6.75 admittance fee will be charged by the Fortress for any guest accompanying the runner on site who is 18 years & over, payable when picking up race kits. Runner’s admittance fee is included in their registration.

    Race Start Time: 6 p.m. at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Start line and finish line by Frederick Gate. Race course will be closed at 7:45 p.m. – must be finished race by this time! Award ceremony will begin at 7:45 p.m. at the fortress..

    Fish chowder meal (take-out) available as runners finish the race. (Vegetarian soup meal also available). Tavern on site will be open following the race.

    Limited showers available on site. No dogs allowed on site except service animals. 

     

  • Parka’s Great Sleepover

    Culture and entertainment Camping and accommodation
    parka
    Time: 05:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Looking for a family-fun activity to end the summer with a bang? Parka’s Great Sleepover might be just the thing for you!

    On August 27, you are invited to spend the night at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site to enjoy an evening of family-friendly games. Roast marshmallows over a campfire and star gaze at the site of the first observatory in Canada! The evening begins at 5:30 pm, when you will be checked-in to your campsite complete with tents, lanterns and floor mats. This event, presented by the Fortress Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada, offers an unforgettable family camping trip in a truly unique location!

     

  • Celtic Colors: Step into the Past

    Culture and entertainment
    Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Take a step back in time, as one of the Festival’s most popular concerts invites you to Step into the Past at the Fortress of Louisbourg. North America’s largest historical reconstruction, the Fortress offers a glimpse at life in colonial Cape Breton around the 1740s. The evening begins with an authentic, traditional 18th century meal, served in period costume and character by candle-light. An after-dinner walk, guided by the glow of lanterns through the streets of the reconstructed town, takes you to the lovely chapel in the King’s Bastion for musical entertainment to round out this evening’s unique experience.

  • Celtic Colors: Music of the Night

    Culture and entertainment
    inside a tavern
    Time: 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    It’s Friday night in the French fortress town of Louisbourg, in the middle of the 18th century. Music and laughter spill out onto the streets as villagers gather at pubs and restaurants. Conversation mingles with music over a delicious meal while lively tunes draw the dancers to the hall. Experience it all for yourself at this one-of-a-kind night on the town that starts with an 18th century meal. Great entertainment continues as you travel from one reconstructed stone building to another. You’ll find music everywhere, just right for toe-tapping and dancing. Bring comfy shoes and a sweater!

  • Sinister Soiree

    Culture and entertainment Food and drink History
    tavern
    Time: 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location(s): Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    By the flicker of candlelight, the Fortress of Louisbourg will host a costume party for the history books!

    Have you ever longed for the excitement of Halloween as a child where you would wander the neighbourhood with your friends trick-or-treating? Would you like to experience that feeling again, with some added 19+ fun? If yes, then the 2nd annual Sinister Soirée is a night you won’t want to miss!

    Will you dance the night away to live music in La Taverne Storehouseor perhaps investigate the paranormal withexpert ghost hunters? Do you want to take a peek into your future with Tarot Card readers? Or get in touch with someone from your past with a medium? Do all this and more as you explore the historic streets! Costumes are encouraged. Local craft beer and snacks available to purchase throughout the night.

    Tickets available for purchase by phoning 902-733-3548 or visiting https://www.fortressoflouisbourg.ca/

February

Wagon Rides

February 9, 2020

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free admission for all

Join us for a free afternoon of family fun! Wagon rides, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, 18th century games and activities are on the program to create memorable moments to cherish. If there’s snow, bring your toboggan for sledding down the glacis with the majestic King’s Bastion as your backdrop or bring your snowshoes to enjoy the period vistas of the 18th century by foot.

This event is part of the Taste of Winter programming, co-hosted by Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Fortress Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada.

Check the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site Facebook page or call 902-733-3552 on the day of the event to confirm that weather conditions are suitable.