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Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail


Havenside Road

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Highlights

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Highlights:

  • Walk the easy two-kilometre trail, which loops and is either boardwalk or gravel.
  • Watch for a variety of nature.
  • Learn along the way with the help of on-site interpretive panels.
  • View the Fortress of Louisbourg from a different perspective.
  • Overview

    The Lighthouse Trail runs along the coastline across the harbour from the Fortress of Louisbourg, offering visitors of all skill levels the opportunity for an enjoyable walking experience with unsurpassed vistas. This 2-kilometre (1.3-mile) trail leads visitors around a loop with interpretive panels explaining the area’s significance, including its flora and fauna.

    Beyond this loop is a rugged trail that is wet in places, and sturdy footwear is recommended. This section is currently being developed by the Coastal Connections Trail Association, an association solely dedicated to this trail. Contributions to the cost of developing and maintaining the trail can be made in a donation box at the trailhead sign or small wooden donation boxes available at various businesses in the community of Louisbourg.

    To access the trail year-round, follow the “Lighthouse” signs along Havenside Road. The iconic lighthouse is on the site of the first lighthouse in Canada (1734). Interpretive panels help explain the history of this pivotal spot. 

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