Activities and experiences

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Travel back in time as you roam the streets of the reconstructed 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg. Learn first-hand from authentically-clad “residents” what it was like during the 18th century. Visit with a Mi’kmaw interpreter and learn about the culture and heritage of the people who have interacted with the lands since time immemorial. Take part in historical gardening, cooking over an open fire, rum tasting, or firing a cannon.


A girl sets up her camping gear in an 18th-century style tent

Overnight accommodations

Wake up in the past!

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).

A person holding a tray of soup and sandwiches near a window.

Dine around the fortress

There are so many tastes to experience at Fortress of Louisbourg!

An aerial view of a sandy beach surrounded by forest


Kennington Cove and Anson's Cove.

Three people look up at a clock tower, they are wearing red volunteer vests with a Parks Canada logo.

Get involved

Volunteer opportunities.

Two women read a brochure with two costumed interpreters

Daily schedule

The Fortress of Louisbourg regularly offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages and interests.


Visiting with Young Children? Explore with Club Parka!

With the Club Parka booklet kids can explore, learn and have fun! The booklets are available on site. With the Photo Missions App, kids are invited to help Parka and Chirp find and photograph specific items found at our place! Download the app for free before visiting. Once one or both activities are completed, they will receive a reward!

Learn more about Parka and download other activities! Download the free Photo Missions App

Things to do

Beaches Beach
Sea birds Bird watching
Bicycles Cycling
Lookout Lookout
Photo Opportunity Photography
Picnic area Picnicking
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