Temporary site closure

To align with measures introduced by the Province of Nova Scotia to limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada will delay the launch of most visitor services including camping at locations in Nova Scotia until at least June 1, 2021, including the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

The following services and facilities will remain closed to visitors until at least June 1, 2021:

  • Access to visitor reception centres and buildings
  • Roofed accommodations
  • All interpretation programs, experiences and guided tours

All Parks Canada reservations impacted by this delayed opening will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full. Visitors do not have to do anything to cancel their reservation.

Access and services will be focused on limited autonomous day use of trails and other outdoor settings. Green spaces will remain open. If local visitors choose to travel within their municipality, Parks Canada is asking them to be cautious and conservative in their choice of activities and to stay within the bounds of personal knowledge and skill level. Visitors should respect the guidance of public health experts and authorities and make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Note:

We are currently in the low season.

Fortified Town:

Time of year Level of service Hours of operation
October 13, 2020 - May 23, 2021 Low season Open Monday to Friday
(except statutory holidays)
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
May 24 - June 30, 2021 Shoulder Season Open 7 days per week
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July 1 - September 17, 2021 Peak Season Open 7 days per week
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
September 18 - October 11, 2021 Shoulder Season Open 7 days per week
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October 12, 2021 - May 20, 2022 Low season Open Monday to Friday
(except statutory holidays)
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Low season

Opportunities to experience the Fortress of Louisbourg's quiet streets during the low season allow visitors to imagine life in the toughest of conditions almost 300 years ago. While there are no services available, a low season visit may provide the best opportunity for visitors to experience the stillness of the streets, take in the beauty of the exterior architecture of the buildings, or simply enjoy the treasures that life's quietest moments may bring.

Shoulder season

For those seeking quiet opportunities and some on-site services, visiting during the shoulder season is recommended. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy an inspiring setting with beautiful visuals as they stand on our history-laden grounds. Several buildings with exhibits are open for you to discover.

By the end of June, the site will begin to fill with costumed interpreters as we ramp up for peak season. After Labour Day, the Fortress of Louisbourg winds down once again with costumed animators interpreting some buildings into September. No matter the season, be sure to find out from reception what activities and experiences may be on offer that day.

Peak Season

Peak season brings a different kind of magic on-site as costumed people add life to the streets and the homes. A foggy day cloaks the site in mystery and creates scenes and images not to be forgotten. A cold day with wind and rain may draw visitors to the warmth of a welcoming fire or to the cozy inn for a warming bowl of soup. A hot day shows the town and its various gardens at their brightest. On summer feast days colour and pageantry break the routine of daily life as the townspeople promenade in their finery. Chores are the order of the day on summer and fall mornings. With the rooster's crow comes bread from the ovens that supplies both soldiers and hungry visitors.

Louisbourg's inhabitants are happy to share their stories, and can be found working the forge, tending the gardens and running the kitchens. The beat of drums and the chime of the garrison clock order the soldiers' day. The sound of a cannon marks midday. Music might be heard from a waterfront tavern. Children play games in the streets, while the sentry at the gate challenges those who wish to enter the walled town. A public punishment gathers spectators. Sheep run through the streets, called home by the stable hand. Each hour offers something unique and real.

Guided tours, offered twice daily, are available for purchase at De la Plagne House.

During the peak season you can immerse yourself in an 18th century dining experience, available daily, at the Hôtel de la Marine and Grandchamp House. For those who prefer a modern experience L'Épée Royale Café offers a cozy stop for hot and cold beverages and a variety of pastries. The daily fare varies with the season. Please check in advance for menu options and our ability to accommodate any special dietary requirements.


When the Fortress of Louisbourg is closed, programs and services are provided through the Fortress Louisbourg Association after-hours programs.

Whether it's the bustling street or the solitude of the shore, a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg offers many opportunities for memorable experiences.

Dining - Hours of operation

Two period restaurants serve up hearty, authentic fare such as pea soup, beef stew, fish, and meat pies.

Visit the café for soup and snack, or pick up your soldier’s bread at the bakery.

  • Hôtel de la Marine: Enjoy a full course meal from July 1 to August 31, 2019, or a soldier’s meal à la carte served in pewter plates and with only a large spoon from June 10 to June 30 and September 1 to October 13, 2019.
  • Grandchamp House: Try this working-class restaurant, à la carte, where everything is eaten with only a large spoon. Open from July 1 to August 31, 2019.
  • L’Épée Royale Café: Offers a cozy spot to enjoy, soup, hot and cold beverages and a variety of snacks. Open from May 20 to October 31, 2019.
  • King’s Bakery: Don’t forget to drop in to get your delicious soldier’s bread, freshly baked on site every morning in the stone bakery. Open from June 10 to September 28, 2019.

Shopping - Hours of operation

  • Benoist Boutique: Located within the fortified town, the boutique carries items such as books, unique reproduction items, Heritage™ chocolate, and Fortress™ Rum. Open from June 10 to October 14, 2019.
  • Parks Canada Visitor Centre: The boutique located here carries a full range of souvenirs. Open from June 20 to September 19, 2019.