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Louisbourg Area

Let your spirit of adventure guide you to Louisbourg, where the land and sea connect to make a truly unique town. Our history is as rich as our fishery. Savour fresh crab, lobster or indulge in other culinary delights at our restaurants and cafés while you watch fishermen sail beyond our harbour, past the Fortress of Louisbourg. After dinner, embrace the night life at the Louisbourg Playhouse and be delighted by some of Cape Breton’s finest entertainers.

7 Ways to Time Travel

Experience the historic town of Louisbourg, with its walking trails, beaches, and breathtaking views. Of course, we can’t forget the crown jewel, an 18th-century Fortress, free for you to roam around and imagine an average day 300 years ago.

  • Places to Stay

    Don’t miss out on a chance to stay in the heart of the historic town of Louisbourg. Wake up with the breathtaking view of a Fortress from the 1700s. Let your imagination wander as you start your morning gazing across the harbour the Frédéric Gate.

  • Places to Eat

    Experience meals from centuries gone by. Eat, what the locals call, ‘fortress bread’, and sip on hot tea, but don’t eat too much, after all, you might have to plea your case at the Beggar’s Banquet.

  • The Fortress of Louisbourg

    Step back in time through Louisbourg’s fortress walls and be transported to the 1700s. Chat with French sailors and servants while sipping Fortress rum and watch lace-making. See children play 300-year-old games and stew simmers on an open-hearth fire.

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.

Getting Here and Around

5 Amazing Places to Virtually Tour in the Louisbourg Area

Fortress of Louisbourg, Hiking, Living Culture, Virtual Tour

Let us take you on a tour of one of Cape Breton's most historic regions, Louisbourg and area.

A historical fortress overlooking the ocean
18th Century Camping

Sleep Like A Sailor 

Wake up in the past with the Fortress of Louisbourg’s featured experience, 18th Century Camping! Camp under the stars, safe inside the Fortress walls, and experience what nightlife it was like 300 years ago. Please note, this experience is currently closed for the season.