Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about your visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Parks Canada is working with Destination Cape Breton Association, Tourism Nova Scotia and other partners to keep visitors informed and safe.

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is open with limited visitor services. A complete list is detailed in the below tabs under what’s open and what’s closed. The health and safety of our employees, our visitors, and all Canadians is of the highest priority for Parks Canada. The Agency is following the advice of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks to employees and visitors can be mitigated will be available for visitation.

We’re encouraging our visitors to plan ahead and be prepared for a different experience than they are used to or experienced when visiting Parks Canada places in the past.

Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.

Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, self-isolating when required, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.

Parks Canada will continue to re-evaluate access and services at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site on an ongoing basis and keep visitors updated as more information becomes available. Please check back regularly for the most recent updates.

What’s open (updated November 30, 2020)
  • Reconstructed site:
    • De la Plagne House
    • Duhaget House
  • Washroom facilities (limited access)
  • Ruins Walk
  • Lighthouse trail
  • Old Town trail
  • Royal Battery trail
  • Kennelly’s day use area and pit privies
  • Parking lots
What’s closed (updated November 30, 2020)
  • Visitor centre
  • All reconstructed buildings except De la Plange House and Duhaget House
  • Camping and diversified accommodations
  • Fortress Louisbourg Association gift shop, restaurants and bakery
  • Evening programs
Your safety when visiting
  • Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
  • Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.
  • Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
  • Abide by all travel advisories.

Stay informed