Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
A bustling community once called Louisbourg home. Explore the remnants of a short but eventful period of history, including a reconstructed section of the French colonial town featuring costumed guides and richly furnished exhibits.
Full fire ban in effect; some trails reopened
In alignment with the Province of Nova Scotia’s announcement that the ban on woodland activities has been lifted, the Old Town Trail and Royal Battery Trail at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site have reopened, effective immediately. The Lighthouse Trail and Simon’s Point Trail, within the boundaries of the national historic site, remain closed due to damage sustained during last year’s Hurricane Fiona.
For more information, please read our latest Information Bulletin.
The reconstructed town
Explore the ruins and partial reconstruction of an 18th century French colonial town.
Mi'kmaw Interpretive Centre
Discover a part of the rich Mi'kmaw heritage of Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island).
Roam the shores of the North Atlantic
Explore 5 hiking trails outside of the fortress walls.
Visiting Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Activities and experiences
Things to do at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, including daily activities, programs, culinary experiences, and accommodations.
Plan your visit
How to get here, facilities and services, accessibility, and local amenities.
Daily visitor fees, camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.
Camping and overnight accommodations
Lartigue house and equipped 18th-century style camping.
Tours and programs
Guided tours, programs, and learning experiences.
Safety and guidelines
About Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Culture and history
History, archeology, cultural landscape, and reconstructed town.
Stewardship and management
Plans and policies, partners, coastal erosion and sea level rise management.
A visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg offers an experience that stimulates all of the senses.
Contact us at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
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Hours of operation
May 22 to June 30, 2023
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
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