When the French founded Louisbourg in 1713, Cape Breton was the darling of the New World and it didn’t take long for Louisbourg to become the island’s commercial centre and military hub.
Life as it was lived between 1713 and 1745 can be fully experienced at the Fortress of Louisbourg—the largest reconstruction in North America—and the perfect place to venture smack into the middle of an epic story.
Strolling around you’ll mingle with everyone from soldiers and aristocrats, to fishermen, maidservants and scoundrels.
There are scores of demos and authentic activities for all ages … everything from setting up an 18th century camp in the King’s Bastion, to playing 300-year-old games, and taking part in time-travel!
For a walk on the wild side, you can light a canon and wait for the blast. Better yet, don a uniform and become a Cannoneer for a day! How about munching on a daylily in the 18th century garden as part of the Healing Garden Tour, or swirling (and savouring) a sample of rum punch during a historic rum tasting event. It’s all about sending your senses back 300 years.
Meal times are an experience unto themselves. Dine with upper or lower class at the on-site establishments, and enjoy delicious food based on 18th century tradition and recipes. Just be prepared to share a knife if you decide to eat with the lower class.
It’s all about getting your senses (and your heart) engaged, and experiencing things you’ve never dreamed of.