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Oh The Things You’ll See

You won’t just see 18th-Century France, you’ll live it. Brush past marching French soldiers. Greet villagers in period dress. Quake as cannon fire shakes the ground. Find yourself lost in another time as harpsichord tunes mingle with the aroma of fresh baked, wafting from the boulangerie.

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7 Ways To Time Travel at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Fortress of Louisbourg

Just east of Sydney, Nova Scotia, you’ll discover a portal to the past at one of North America’s busiest 18th-century seaports.

Founded by the French in 1713, this reconstruction of the original French town and fortifications is the largest—and best—of its kind in North America, offering a heavy dose of history and culture with each unique experience.

Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors

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    18th-Century Experiences

    Looking for an unplugged vacation? We have just the thing. Cook over an open fire. Fire a cannon as they did 300 years ago. Test your physical endurance in military basic training—18th-century style.

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    Sleep in a Fortress

    The gates may close, but the experience continues on. Camp under the stars, safe inside the fortress walls. Or, become an honorary Louisbourg resident and sleep in a period-style house for the night.

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    Historic Tastes

    Explore the taste and aromas 18-Century colonial living. Sip on Louisbourg’s favorite drink, Fortress Rum, and dine on traditional French recipes served by costumed staff.

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Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

Getting Here and Around