Special events – 2018
June 14-17, 2018: Roots to Boots Festival
A unique blend of entertainment to please everyone: storytelling, hiking, food, local flavour, concerts, songwriters' circle and late-night square dances!
June 23-24, 2018: Learn to Camp
Join Parks Canada, Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Fortress Louisbourg Association.
Think you might want to experience the joy of camping overnight but just need a helping hand? Register for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site's learn-to camp event! This two-day event offers you the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips.
Workshops will be held on camping-related skills: how to set up a tent, what to pack, etc. Participants also have the opportunity to enjoy exciting interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities. Hear traditional tales from Mi'kmaq storytellers and together celebrate Canada's Indigenous peoples and heritage.
Campers will pitch their tent in the courtyard of the King's Bastion (doesn't get any safer than that!), share stories around the campfire and spend the night under the star-filled sky inside the 18th century fortress walls.
All you need is your appetite, sleeping bag and curiosity. Tent provided. (Includes activities, supper, breakfast in the period restaurant and snacks.)
Price: $29.30 per person (Children 5 and under: free)
For more information or to register: 902-733-3552
Read more about Parks Canada Learn-to Camp experiences.
July and August
The tension can be felt at the Fortress of Louisbourg in this time of war. There are spies and everyone is a suspect. A woman has been arrested. Only if you can solve the clues and puzzles will you be able to get her out of the colony before she takes you down with her.
Tickets: $120 + tax per team (up to 6 individuals).
July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
August 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
Monday & Tuesday evenings in July & August.
Two different rooms, each starting at 6 pm & 7:45 pm.
Rendezvous at Fortress of Louisbourg Entrance 2.
For more information contact the Fortress Louisbourg Association at 902-733-3548.
University of New Brunswick Bioarchaeology Field School
July 23 - August 17
Curious about our history? Starting in July, the University of New Brunswick’s Department of Anthropology in partnership with Parks Canada are hosting a bioarchaeology field program at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This important work will document, protect and preserve 18th century burial grounds at Rochefort Point that are currently threatened by coastal erosion.
The project starts on July 24 until August 20. Visitors are encouraged to stop by any day during that period from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to see this important work up close.
July 21, 2-4 pm
Come visit Parka at Kennington Cove Beach this Parks Day! This is the perfect opportunity to learn about the history of Wolfe's Landing National Historic Site and the second siege of the fortress, all while spending some quality time at this beautiful beach. Relax in the sun and discover an important part of Louisbourg's history.
An 18th century style festival with encampment.
A three-day festival with an encampment! See the streets come alive with the sights, sounds, and tastes of 18th-century Louisbourg. Interact with town residents and see how they cook, do lace making, blacksmithing and more. Enjoy demonstrations from Louisbourg Tradesmen, visit our craft vendors, and learn the story of the New France rum trade. There's lots to see, smell, and taste at CultureFête.
For more information contact 902-733-3552 or email@example.com
Race Through Time
A race 13 kilometres (8 miles) in length between two towns 304 years apart! For more information, visit louisbourgrace.com/race.htm.
The Great Louisbourg Sleepover
Eat, drink and be merry!
We are inviting people to come and enjoy a unique evening at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Guests will be camping on site, in the area of the King's Bastion, for a special Great Louisbourg Sleepover. The evening starts at 5:00 p.m. just as the site closes for regular visitors.
There will be a game where participants can test their knowledge and win prizes in the Bigot Theatre and live entertainment with the dynamic band, "Gravel Road". Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Of course, there will be a camp fire, stories and music are always welcome.
The next morning, breakfast will be served in the Grandchamp restaurant.
Price: $56 per person, includes your camping fees, live entertainment on Saturday night and admission to the site on Sunday for the Fête de Saint-Louis.
To book or for more information: please call 902-733-3552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Louisbourg Sleepover is part of the celebration of the Fête de Saint-Louis.
Fête de Saint-Louis
This feast was traditionally observed in 18th century Louisbourg and celebrates King Louis IX (St. Louis) the patron saint of the French Military. The day includes special military demonstrations, “residents” showing their best fineries in a procession and special food displays including Taste through History, a special program that invites you to sample popular recipes from these four historic years: 1758, 1868, 1918, and 1968. Savour every morsel as you hear stories from our interpreters in period costume.
The cost for Taste through History is $10.80 per person.
To book or for more information, please call 902-733-3552 or email email@example.com.
Hammer In 2018
Come out and watch blacksmiths as they demonstrate their skills using 18th - 21st century tools and methods at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. From morning to late afternoon blacksmiths from across Nova Scotia will practice their art and may invite you take part as well! Blacksmithing is an ancient art that is worth protecting. This year there is a focus on youth engagement and we have approximately 8-10 youth coming to learn and practice this ancient art.
Katharine McLennan Award
September 6, 2 pm - 3:30 pm
The Katharine McLennan Award was established in 2013 to recognize the exceptional contributions of an individual who has, through community, life, and volunteer work, made a significant and lasting difference in the area(s) of arts, culture and/or historical preservation of Cape Breton Island. This award will be presented during a ceremony that includes a live performance and a reception.
Celtic Colours International Festival
October 7, 7:30 pm
Step into the Past
Go back in time this evening as one of the Celtic Colours International Festival’s most popular concerts invites you to Step into the Past at the Fortress of Louisbourg. The Fortress, North America’s largest historical reconstruction, offers a glimpse of life in colonial Cape Breton around the 1740s. If you are fortunate enough to get a ticket to this perennially sold out show, you are in for a real treat. The evening begins with an authentic, traditional 18th century meal, served in period costume and character by candlelight. An after-dinner walk, guided by the glow of lanterns through the cobbled streets, takes you to the lovely chapel in the King’s Bastion for a night of acoustic songs and tunes. Nipper MacLeod, a former coal miner from New Waterford and a lead singer with the Men of the Deeps, is sure to share some of his many mining and Cape Breton songs. We’ll be treated to some pipes and harp from David Power and Triona Marshall while Andrea Beaton and Véronique Plasse will contribute some fiddle tunes to this unique experience.
Performing artists: David Power & Tríona Marshall, Andrea Beaton, Véronique Plasse, Nipper MacLeod
October 10, 10 am - 3:30 pm
The Fortress Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada present Connecting Threads, a day-long event dedicated to women's domestic arts.
Connecting Threads offers five workshops, each one highlighting a traditional domestic craft that women of 18th century Louisbourg were skilled in.
Workshops will be taught in dyeing, needlework/embroidery, spinning, and knitting. Each workshop lasts five hours with a lunch break. Participants will receive a short orientation tour of the Fortress site followed by hands-on instruction in traditional techniques to produce an 18th century-style take-home project to finish.
Connecting Threads celebrates the contributions of the colonial woman whose practical creativity helped to clothe her family and contribute to the household economy.
Price: $90, tax included per participant (material and light lunch included) Participants can register for one workshop only.
Music of the Night / Musique de la Nuit
October 12, 5:30 pm
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 from French and Gaelic songs to tunes from Cape Breton and Scotland, just right for toe-tapping and dancing. Bring comfy shoes and a sweater! 19 and over. Photo ID required.
Performing artists: Ronald Bourgeois, Rosie MacKenzie, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Cy, Margaret Bennett and Norman Kennedy, Gabrielle MacLellan & Tom Daniels, Danelle & Céline Doucet