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Fortress Louisbourg

See the largest reconstruction project in North America. The National historic site, Fortress Louisbourg!

The original settlement was founded in 1713 by the French and developed over several decades into a thriving center for fishing and trade. Fortified against the threat of British invasion during the turbulent time of empire-building, Louisbourg was besieged twice before finally being destroyed in the 1760s. The site lay untouched until well into modern times, when archaeologists began to reconstruct the fortress as it was in the 18th century.

Thanks to their efforts and the work of Parks Canada and the Fortress Louisbourg Association, you can now experience life in Louisbourg during its heyday. There are more than a dozen buildings open to the public including three authentic working 18th century restaurants. During the summer months hundreds of re-enactors or “animators” of all ages, from wealthy merchants to poor soldiers, populate the streets of the restored fortress working, playing, and living life as they would have in 1744.

So come experience living history at the Fortress Louisbourg. You can explore on your own, take a guided tour, or view daily demonstrations of music, dancing, cooking, military drills, and much more.

Hours of Operation

Outside the Visitor Center is free, no cars are permitted on the road to the Fortress except by special permit. Buses between the Visitor Center and the Fortress leave every 15 minutes from June 1st to October 15th.