Plan your visit

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is located on Cape Breton Island’s eastern coast, 40 minutes from Sydney, Nova Scotia and 5.5 hours from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Plan at least one full day at the fortress to travel back in time, chat with “locals”, and explore the reconstructed town. Enjoy the several walking and hiking trails located outside of the fortress walls. Camp under the stars, safe inside the fortress walls, sleep in a period style house, or stay in the modern town of Louisbourg.

How to get here

Directions and distances to Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site by air and car.

Hours of operation

Historic site hours of operation and services.

Fees

Daily visitor fees, camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.

Accessibility

Accessible facilities and experiences.

Brochures and publications

Maps, visitor guide.

Passes and permits

Seasonal and annual admission passes.

Electric vehicle charging stations

Parks Canada's managed charging stations.

Hurricane Fiona

Updated storm information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn how COVID-19 may affect your visit.

Update

Parks Canada has resumed most visitor services and access following provincial guidelines and public health measures. All information is updated regularly. Find details here

How to get here

Location

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Visitor Centre
58 Wolfe Street,
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
B1C 2L2

Phone
902-733-3552

Email
louisbourg.info@pc.gc.ca

Directions

By land
After crossing the Canso Causeway, you will be faced with two options:

1) Take Highway 105, the Trans-Canada Highway. At Bras d'Or, take Highway 125 to Sydney until you reach Exit 8; then take the first exit off the roundabout, onto Route 22. This route will take you straight to the modern community of Louisbourg. Follow the signs to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Approximate travel time: 3 hours.

2) Take Route 4, also called Highway 104. In Sydney River, take the turn-off onto Highway 125, then take Exit 8, taking the first exit off the roundabout, onto Route 22. This route will take you straight to the modern community of Louisbourg. Follow the signs to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Approximate travel time: 2.5 hours.

By air
The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport now offers direct daily flights between Sydney and Toronto, as well as daily flights between Sydney and Halifax. Please check their website for further information.

From the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, turn left onto Trunk 4 West toward Sydney. After 8 km, turn left onto NS-125 W. After 3.5 km, take Exit 8 for Route 22, and turn left at the bottom of the off-ramp. Continue on Route 22 through the roundabout. This route will take you straight to the modern community of Louisbourg. Follow the signs for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Approximate driving time: 35 minutes.

Facilities and services

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