Culture and history

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Let us take you back in time! Experience Louisbourg, a thriving seaport and capital of Île Royale (Cape Breton Island). The Fortress of Louisbourg was one of the busiest harbours in North America and one of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the New World. Today, the site is an exciting and entertaining lesson in history. Discover its many secrets!


Learn about 18th-century Louisbourg.

The reconstructed site

The ruins and partial reconstruction of an 18th century French colonial town.

Our interpretation

A visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg offers an experience that stimulates all of the senses.


Learn about the archaeological sites at Louisbourg.

Lighthouse Point

History of Louisbourg Lighthouse

​Royal Battery

An archaeological site that dominates the north shore of Louisbourg Harbour.

Wolfe's Landing

Where British forces launched their successful attack on the French forces at Louisbourg.

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