The Fortress of Louisbourg regularly offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Take part in the daily life of the "residents" of this 18th century fortified town and plan your visit around the activities that interest you most. There is no shortage of choices!


Peak season
(July 1 to September 14, 2019)

 

Peak season activities

July 1 to September 14, 2019

The Fortress of Louisbourg bustles with activity every day throughout the peak season.

Time Activity
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fire a musket: Have a ball at Louisbourg!
Sign up with the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and fire a real musket
30 minutes | $36.80 | 16 years and up | Limited space
10:30 a.m. Guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg – from its past to its present
60 minutes | $3.90
10:45 a.m. Motorized guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg on wheels - from its past to its present
45 minutes | $7.30 | Limited to 7 people per tour
11:00 a.m. Life of a soldier - FREE
Listen to his story and watch a musket firing
11:00 a.m. Fire a cannon: Have a blast at Louisbourg!
Become a cannoneer and fire a real cannon
45 minutes | $55.20 per cannoneer | 16 years and up
11:45 a.m. Military pageantry - FREE
Be amazed by the fifes, drums and cannon firing
1:00 p.m. Motorized guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg on wheels - from its past to its present
45 minutes | $7.30 | Limited to 7 people per tour
1:15 p.m.  Rookie tour – children's program:
Delve into the life of an 18th-century child
60 minutes | $7.30 | Recommended for families with children ages 5 to 10
Available July and August
1:30 p.m. Children's dance - FREE
Join in the circle and enjoy 18th-century folk music
1:30 p.m. Life of a soldier - FREE
Listen to his story and watch a musket firing
1:55 p.m. Prisoner of the day:
Play the role of the prisoner during the Public Punishment.
30 minutes | $36.80 | 13 years and up
2:15 p.m. Public punishment - FREE
Follow the crowd to the iron collar
2:25 p.m. Fire a cannon: Have a blast at Louisbourg!
Become a cannoneer and fire a real cannon
45 minutes | $55.20 per cannoneer | 16 years and up
2:30 p.m. Guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg – from its past to its present on this outdoor walking tour.
60 minutes | $3.90
2:30 p.m. Mi’kmaw program - FREE
Discover Mi’kmaw culture and history
2:30 p.m. (English)
3:10 p.m. (French)
Rum: The spirit of Louisbourg
Discover the taste and aroma of Fortress™ Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar
35 minutes | $10.80 | 19 years and up
3:10 p.m. Military drill - FREE
French artillery demonstration with fife and drum
3:30 p.m. Life of a soldier - FREE
Listen to his story and watch a musket firing
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Upper-class dance - FREE
Join the elite as they practice their steps at an afternoon ball
3:45 p.m. Motorized guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg - on wheels - from its past to its present
45 minutes | $7.30 | Limited to 7 people per tour
4:45 p.m. Secure the Fortress - Evening gun and retreat - FREE
Finish your visit with a bang - the last blast of the day
Shoulder seasons
(June 1 to 30, 2019 & September 15 to October 14, 2019)

 

Shoulder season activities

Even if you visit the Fortress of Louisbourg during the shoulder season, there are several ways to experience the site.

Please note that as we approach our peak season, some additional buildings with costumed interpreters may open to the public.

June 1 to June 30, 2019 and September 15 to October 14, 2019

Time Activity
10:30 a.m. Guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg from its past to its present on this outdoor walking tour.
60 minutes | $3.90

11:45 a.m.

Time Travel:
Rub shoulders with “authentic” Louisbourg residents as you explore what life was like and taste Heritage™ hot chocolate.
45 minutes | $10.80
1:00 p.m. Motorized guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg on wheels – from its past to its present
45 minutes | $7.30 | Limited to 7 people per tour

1:30 p.m.

Time Travel:
Rub shoulders with “authentic” Louisbourg residents as you explore what life was like and taste Heritage™ hot chocolate.
45 minutes | $10.80

1:30 p.m. (English)

2:15 p.m. (French)

Rum: The spirit of Louisbourg:
Discover the taste and aroma of Fortress™ Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar.
35 minutes | $10.80 | 19 years and up
2:30 p.m. Guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg from its past to its present on this outdoor walking tour
60 minutes | $3.90
3:45 p.m. Motorized guided tour:
Get the full story of Louisbourg on wheels – from its past to its present
45 minutes | $7.30 | Limited to 7 people per tour

Additional discovery and recreational activities

Discovery

Are you looking for additional ways to indulge your curiosity about the history of the Fortress, the cultures of its residents and the natural beauty of its surroundings? Follow the links below for information on planning your own "discovery" activities:

Recreation

If recreation is more your thing, follow the links below to find out about swimming at the beautiful beaches of Kennington Cove and Anson's Cove or walking and hiking our nature trails, in particular Simon Point Trail and the Lighthouse Trail: