School Programs

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site welcomes school groups of all ages from May 20 to October 14, 2024. Several options are available for schools and teachers including enhanced guided programs.

Parks Canada is pleased to offer a selection of educational programs at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site that will suit the interests and curriculum needs of all school grade levels.


Cost: See prices (Admission + school programs fees)

Admission fees:

  • free for teachers and students 17 years of age and younger
  • applicable for chaperones and students 18 years of age and older

School program fees:

  • free for teachers and chaperones
  • applicable for all students

Enhanced guided experiences

Our team at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is pleased to engage students through cultural and natural interpretive programming. Please see below for a brief description of the programs offered.

Guided tour and treasure hunt

Your group follows a personalized tour of the site with a Parks Canada guide and then explores the site on an 18th-century treasure hunt. Who in your group will be first to solve the mysteries?

Available May 20 to October 14, 2024

Grades: suitable for grades 4 to 12

Length: 45 minutes

Species at risk at Fortress of Louisbourg

Along with the human inhabitants of 18th century Louisbourg, many animals have resided in the barns, grassy areas and historic features at Fortress of Louisbourg. Come and learn about the Species at Risk who call Louisbourg home, and find out what Parks Canada is doing, and what you can do to help protect them!

Available May 20 to October 14, 2024

Grades: suitable for grades 4 to 12

Length: 45 minutes

Name that thing

This hands-on exploration gives students a fun opportunity to handle everyday objects from the past and to guess what they are and what they were used for. You'll be surprised at the interesting and useful things that people used in the old days.

Available May 20 to October 14, 2024

Grades: suitable for grades 4 to 12

Length: 45 minutes

Culture caches

Give the students what they really want- use of their mobile devices! Download the Compass/ GPS/ or Geocaching app of your choice prior to your visit (make sure it has latitude and longitude coordinates on it). On arrival, the students will learn about the people who navigated their way to this multicultural town in the 18th century, and will then have to find their way around the reconstructed site to the hidden caches each containing a story about the cultures represented in Louisbourg in the 1700’s.

Available May 20 to October 14, 2024

Grades: suitable for grades 4 to 12

Length: 45 minutes

Journey through the past

This program begins with a tour of the Fortress of Louisbourg archaeological collection with an expert from our Cultural Resources team. After exploring the collection of 300-year-old items, and learning why these resources are so critical to our cultural heritage in Canada, the program will shift to the reconstructed site for a Scavenger Hunt of reproduced items currently on display in our exhibits and period spaces.

Available May 20 to October 14, 2024

Length: 60 minutes

Grades: suitable for grades 6 to 12

Youth overnight experiences

Overnight experiences for students and youth groups are available at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Spend your evening exploring the stars, listening to haunted stories, or learn about 18th-century camping.


21st Century Camping

Modern tents and ground mats are available to set up in the King’s Bastion courtyard.
Capacity: maximum of 90 people -- 14 four-person tents & 14 six-person tents; 95 floor mats

The Soldiers’ Barracks

A night in the barracks where the soldiers once lived provides participants a first-hand experience of the challenging living conditions of 18th century Louisbourg.
Capacity: maximum of 44 people; possibility of 2 ppl. /bed

Additional programs for overnight groups

Ghost Tour

There is no shortage of ghost stories at the Fortress of Louisbourg. Hear some of them as you are guided by only the light of a lantern. A unique experience that you will not forget!
1 hour

18th century camping 101

Learn about the essentials of 18th century camping from setting up a period tent to starting the fire to cook your supper with a flint and steel.
1 hour

Dark sky kits

Discover the planets and stars at the location of the first observatory in Canada, built in Louisbourg in 1750. The kit comes with binoculars, star charts, and more tools to help enjoy the dark skies

See fees

Food and beverage options


Cook your hotdogs or marshmallows over the open flame, or just enjoy the warmth of your campfire. Perfect for telling your own ghost stories!

BBQ Rental

Four-burner barbeques available for rent, includes propane.

Propane Canister

Have your own camp stove? We have propane canisters available for purchase.

Let us do the cooking! Additional food and beverage options available through Fortress Louisbourg Association:

See fees

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