Hours of operation
|Time of year||Level of service||Hours of operation|
|October 16, 2017 - May 20, 2018;
October 15, 2018 - May 19, 2019
|Low season||Open Monday to Friday
(except statutory holidays)
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
|May 21 - June 30, 2018||Shoulder Season||Open 7 days per week
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
|July 1 - September 14, 2018||Peak Season||Open 7 days per week
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
|September 15 - October 14, 2018||Shoulder Season||Open 7 days per week
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Opportunities to experience the Fortress of Louisbourg's quiet streets during the low season allow visitors to imagine life in the toughest of conditions almost 300 years ago. While there are no services available, a low season visit may provide the best opportunity for visitors to experience the stillness of the streets, take in the beauty of the exterior architecture of the buildings, or simply enjoy the treasures that life's quietest moments may bring.
For a new way to experience the site in the low season, try our Explora app. Through sound, video, photos, quizzes and text, you will hold stories about Louisbourg in your hands as you walk through both the reconstructed town and the fortress's ruins. Explora is available to download for free at the App Store and through Google Play.
For those seeking quiet opportunities and some on-site services, visiting during the shoulder season is recommended. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy an inspiring setting with beautiful visuals as they stand on our history-laden grounds. Several buildings with exhibits are open for you to discover. Explore the site on your own or embark on an Explora tour of the grounds. To enhance your visit you may purchase a guided tour, offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., or participate in the Time Travel program. Accessible guided tours are available at noon and 2:15 p.m. We recommend reserving a place on these tours in advance by calling 902-733-3552 or emailing us.
By the end of June, the site will begin to fill with costumed interpreters as we ramp up for peak season. After Labour Day, the Fortress of Louisbourg winds down once again with costumed animators interpreting some buildings into September. No matter the season, be sure to find out from reception what activities and experiences may be on offer that day.
Peak season brings a different kind of magic on-site as costumed people add life to the streets and the homes. A foggy day cloaks the site in mystery and creates scenes and images not to be forgotten. A cold day with wind and rain may draw visitors to the warmth of a welcoming fire or to the cozy inn for a warming bowl of soup. A hot day shows the town and its various gardens at their brightest. On summer feast days colour and pageantry break the routine of daily life as the townspeople promenade in their finery. Chores are the order of the day on summer and fall mornings. With the rooster's crow comes bread from the ovens that supplies both soldiers and hungry visitors.
Louisbourg's inhabitants are happy to share their stories, and can be found working the forge, tending the gardens and running the kitchens. The beat of drums and the chime of the garrison clock order the soldiers' day. The sound of a cannon marks midday. Music might be heard from a waterfront tavern. Children play games in the streets, while the sentry at the gate challenges those who wish to enter the walled town. A public punishment gathers spectators. Sheep run through the streets, called home by the stable hand. Each hour offers something unique and real.
Guided tours, offered twice daily, are available for purchase at De la Plagne House.
During the peak season you can immerse yourself in an 18th century dining experience, available daily, at the Hôtel de la Marine and Grandchamp House. For those who prefer a modern experience L'Épée Royale Café offers a cozy stop for hot and cold beverages and a variety of pastries. Groups can pre-arrange a dining experience by calling 902-733-3552. The daily fare varies with the season. Please check in advance for menu options and our ability to accommodate any special dietary requirements.
When the Fortress of Louisbourg is closed, programs and services are provided through the Fortress Louisbourg Association after-hours programs.
Whether it's the bustling street or the solitude of the shore, a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg offers many opportunities for memorable experiences.
Dining - Hours of operation
Two period restaurants serve up hearty, authentic fare such as pea soup, beef stew, fish, and meat pies.
Visit the café for soup and snack, or pick up your soldier’s bread at the bakery.
- Hôtel de la Marine: Enjoy a full course meal from July 1 to August 26, 2017, or a soldier’s meal à la carte served in pewter plates and with only a large spoon from June 11 to June 17 and September 3 to October 8, 2017.
- Grandchamp Tavern: Try this working-class restaurant, à la carte, where everything is eaten with only a large spoon. Open from June 18 to September 2, 2017.
- L’Épée Royale Café: Offers a cozy spot to enjoy, soup, hot and cold beverages and a variety of snacks. Open from May 22 to October 14, 2017.
- King’s Bakery: Don’t forget to drop in to the to get your delicious soldier’s bread, freshly baked on site every morning in the stone bakery. Open from June 11 to September 30, 2017.
Shopping - Hours of operation
- Benoist Boutique: Located within the fortified town, the boutique carries items such as books, unique reproduction items, Heritage™ chocolate, and Fortress™ Rum. Open from June 12 to October 11, 2017.
- Parks Canada Visitor Centre: The boutique located here carries a full range of souvenirs. Open from June 15 to September 21, 2017.