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Louisbourg Old Town Trail


Highway 22, near the Parks Canada Visitor Centre

902-733-3552


Highlights

Note: Due to COVID-19, the visitor experience at Parks Canada places will be different than it has been in the past. The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance.

Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.

Parks Canada’s network of protected places is large and diverse. Visitor access, services, and even opening dates may vary across Cape Breton Island and Canso depending on local circumstances. Please visit pc.gc.ca/ns and follow Parks Canada’s social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada places.

Overview

Enjoy impressive views of the reconstructed Fortress and the Louisbourg Lighthouse as you follow the story of Old Town on this 2.25 kilometre (1.4 mile) seaside trail. Explore rich history and coastal culture on this trail dedicated to the community of Louisbourg.

This family-friendly trail is popular with locals and the perfect spot for a refreshing outdoor trek all year round. Arrive in the early morning to see the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and watch for deer grazing along the path. In the evening, the dark skies over the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site make this an ideal spot for stargazing and capturing moonlight reflecting off lapping waves.

The trail ends just outside the looming walls of the reconstructed Fortress. For information on fees and opening hours, please visit the Parks Canada website.

Travelling with a beloved pet? Dogs on leash are permitted on the Old Town Trail, the Lighthouse Trail, and at Kennington Cove Beach. Thank you for cleaning up after your pet. Pick up droppings and place them in appropriate refuse containers. 

Bicycles are not permitted on the Old Town Trail. Parking is available. Open daily.

For your comfort and safety: 

– Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals. 

– Take along appropriate clothing – rapid weather changes often occur along the coast.

– Carry water with you.

– Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer. 

– Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment. 

– Stay on designated trails to protect fragile vegetation. 

– Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads. 

– Read “Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe” brochure, available on the Parks Canada website.

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