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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Just east of Sydney, Nova Scotia, you’ll discover a portal to the past at one of North America’s busiest 18th-century seaports. Founded by the French in 1713, this reconstruction of the original French town and fortifications is the largest—and best—of its kind in North America, offering a heavy dose of history and culture with each unique experience.

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site 1

Please Note

Due to COVID-19, the visitor experience at Parks Canada places will be different than it has been in the past. The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance. Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times. Please visit and follow Parks Canada’s social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada places.


Locals Know Blogs

  • Sleep in a Fortress

    The gates may close, but the experience continues on. Camp under the stars, safe inside the fortress walls. Or, become an honorary Louisbourg resident and sleep in a period-style house for the night.

  • Historic Tastes

    Explore the taste and aromas of 18-Century colonial living. Sip on Louisbourg’s favourite drink, Fortress Rum. Dine on traditional French recipes served by costumed staff.

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

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