Planning your Visit
HOW TO GET HERE
The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is located just outside the modern town of Louisbourg, on the island of Cape Breton in northeastern Nova Scotia, Canada. Though Louisbourg is only accessible by boat or car, you can fly into Sydney Airport, which is approximately a 45 minute to an hour's drive to the Fortress of Louisbourg.
Parking outside the Visitor Reception Center is free. No cars are permitted on the road to the Fortress, except by special permit. Buses between the Visitor Center, and the Fortress leave every 15 minutes.
Public washrooms are available in the Visitor Reception Center and in certain buildings in the Fortress. For locations, check your map, or ask a guide.
The Fortress has two period restaurants, on site plus an authentic 18th century bakery, and a gift boutique. Modern sandwiches, snacks and drinks can be purchased in our Café.
For visitors with disabilities, assistance is available at the Visitor Reception Center. For more information, please call (902) 733-3552.
Starting January 1, 2018, admission to Parks Canada places for youth 17 and under is free! There’s no better time to create lasting memories with the whole family.
For more information on times and entry fees visit the Parks Canada Website.
What is free for youth?
Admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada.
Please note: free admission for youth only applies to places managed by Parks Canada. It does not apply to provincial parks, territorial parks, municipal and private parks, nor to the many historic sites not managed by Parks Canada.
WHEN TO VISIT
SOmE helpful tips
Weather at the Fortress of Louisbourg changes, and often presents chilly winds. We advise you bring a sweater or jacket, even if it’s the middle of the summer!
The Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest reconstructed site in North America. As such, streets and steps are made of uneven cobblestones, and packed dirt. We strongly advise you wear comfortable walking shoes, or sneakers that you aren’t afraid of getting a little dirty.
Smoking is strictly prohibited inside all buildings.
Due to the sensitive nature of the reconstruction and its artifacts, we ask you not to use flash photography inside buildings.
The Fortress of Louisbourg has several domesticated animals as part of the interpretation of 18th century life. These carefully looked after by our trained staff. We kindly ask you do not feed these animals.
Walls and gun embrasures are constructed using authentic 18th century methods, and are not as sturdy as modern structures. Please do not climb on these structures, nor allow your children to climb on them.