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Discover Living History
at the Fortress of Louisbourg

The year is 1744 and the Fortress of Louisbourg is controlled by the French. It is their much needed gateway to the New World and all of the riches that are there!!

They have been here since 1713.

Fprtress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

I remember the first time that I visited the Fortress of Louisbourg. Apparently, I was wearing a red top. Amateur historians familiar with this time period will realize that red was the color of the English soldier's uniform!!

I didn't know it but I was in trouble! You see, as you make your way to the Dauphin Gate (which is the entrance to the fortress) a guard will stop you and demand that you state your name and the reason for your visit!

My family was quite surprised when the guards suddenly stopped me and started to question me about the reason for my visit!!

We realized quickly that it was because of my red top which they identified as the enemy!

It was good fun and a great memory of my visit to the fortress. By the way, they eventually let me through.

The Fortress of Louisbourg is North America's largest 18th Century Re-construction. This is quite something when you realize that only about 25% of the original fortress has been re-constructed. There are over 50 buildings spread over 12 acres at the fortress so there is a lot to see.

Inside this little seaport you will find costumed animators living life as it was in 1744. You'll see soldiers, fishermen, servants, tradespeople, town officials and the Mi'k maq going about their daily business.

Roam the cobblestone streets and visit the King's bakery to buy a soldier's daily ration of bread. Listen for the cannons firing and check out the King's Bastion Barracks.

But it's 1744 and the first seige by the English is just around the corner............the town-folk just don't know it!!

There are lots of great things to see here! I suggest that you take a full day for your visit. You will walk throughout the site so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. It is also a good idea to bring a sweater or jacket and a rain jacket as the rain and fog can roll in very quickly in Louisbourg.

I was very happy to see the wide range of visitor services at the fortress. Everything that you need for a day-trip is here.

You will find food services, accessible public washrooms, a public telephone, picnic facilities and a gift shop.

When you enter the visitor information centre and you buy your ticket don't forget to get a map of the fortress. Remember there are over 50 buildings spread over 12 acres so you will find a map very useful in touring the grounds.

Something that you will find very interesting and special at the fortress are the period restaurants. The food and beverages served are based on 18th century recipes.

You can have full meal or a light lunch as they would have done in 1744 at the Hôtel de la Marine, L'Ēpée Royale and the Grandchamps Inn. And, don't forget the King's Bakery.

There is so much to see and do at the fortress. Check out the special activities in our attractions page. 

Remember that I mentioned that the first siege is just around the corner.

Have a look at my page on the history of the Fortress of Louisbourg and you'll read about what happened. I like to think of myself as an amateur historian so I had lots of fun with this page!

I have also created a location map for the Fortress. This will help you to find and travel to the Fortress without too many problems.

Accommodations in the area and surrounding areas are listed here so check out this page if you plan to stay overnight or nearby.

Believe it or not there are other things to do in Louisbourg as well. Check out the beaches, hiking trails and the first lighthouse in Canada.

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