How to get here

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Regional locator map for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Map of Cape Breton Island

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.


GPS Users

Please use the following coordinates to get to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site:
45.913900, -59.980633

While some GPS units may suggest you leave Route 22 and travel along the New Boston Road (unpaved), we recommend that you ignore this suggestion and remain on Route 22.


Driving directions to the reconstructed town

During peak season

July 1 to September 15, 2023

Follow Route 22 through the town of Louisbourg and turn right at the large sign indicating “Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site/Entrance.” Park in one of the designated areas and proceed to the Visitor Reception Centre. From there, visitors can pay their entry fees and bus transportation will be available to the reconstructed site.

During shoulder and low seasons

Shoulder season: May 22 to June 30, 2023
Low season: October 11, 2022 to May 21, 2023

Follow Route 22 through the town of Louisbourg, continue past the main entrance and follow the signs directing you to “Entrance 2 (Gate 2).” A Fortress of Louisbourg employee will be at there to greet you and provide you with further instructions. Follow the road in to the reconstructed site, keeping to the right when the road forks, until you arrive at the stop sign. Park as directed.

A water colour graphic of the reconstructed town site with arrows showing how to drive onto the site from gate 2

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