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.

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A vertical aerial view of the reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg beside the Atlantic Ocean

The reconstructed town

Explore the ruins and partial reconstruction of an 18th century French colonial town.

A family with a small child sit in the grass with traditionally dressed Mi’kmaw interpreter

Mi'kmaw Interpretive Centre

Discover a part of the rich Mi'kmaw heritage of Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island).

Three people walk on a hiking trail with an historical lighthouse in the background on a sunny day

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

Visitor safety.

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.

Our interpretation

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 October 9, 2023
Open daily
9:30 am to 5 pm

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