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Louisbourg Area

Let your spirit of adventure guide you to Louisbourg, where the land and sea connect to make a truly unique town. Our history is as rich as our fishery. Savour fresh crab, lobster or indulge in other culinary delights at our restaurants and cafés while you watch fishermen sail beyond our harbour, past the Fortress of Louisbourg. After dinner, embrace the night life at the Louisbourg Playhouse and be delighted by some of Cape Breton’s finest entertainers.

A Walk Through Time

A Walk Through Time 

Experience the historic town of Louisbourg, with its walking trails, beaches, and breathtaking views. Of course, we can’t forget the crown jewel, an 18th-century Fortress, free for you to roam around and imagine an average day 300 years ago.

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    Places to Stay

    Don’t miss out on a chance to stay in the heart of the historic town of Louisbourg. Wake up with the breathtaking view of a Fortress from the 1700s. Let your imagination wander as you start your morning gazing across the harbour the Frédéric Gate.

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    Places to Eat

    Experience meals from centuries gone by. Eat, what the locals call, ‘fortress bread’, and sip on hot tea, but don’t eat too much, after all, you might have to plea your case at the Beggar’s Banquet.

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    The Fortress of Louisbourg

    Step back in time through Louisbourg’s fortress walls and be transported to the 1700s. Chat with French sailors and servants while sipping Fortress rum and watch lace-making. See children play 300-year-old games and stew simmers on an open-hearth fire.

Oh The Things You’ll See

Explore a 300-year-old Fortress, rebuilt and come to life. Savour our seafood legacy —caught, cooked, and shelled fresh from the pot. Explore our coastal trails, beaches and boardwalks fishing villages, wild shores and our historic lighthouse. Step back in time—and into our community—with every visit to the Louisbourg area.


Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

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

Featured Listings

Rum: The Spirit of Louisbourg

Region: Louisbourg Area

Community: Louisbourg

Discover the taste and aroma of Fortress™ Rum and the story of this drink made from sugar. Sample an authentic rum punch recipe and learn ...

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Louisbourg Playhouse

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Region: Louisbourg Area

Community: Louisbourg

Live theatre and Cape Breton music in a 17th-century-style theatre. One of the most unique entertainment venues in Nova Scotia. ...

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Sleep Like A Sailor 

Wake up in the past with the Fortress of Louisbourg’s featured experience, 18th Century Camping! Camp under the stars, safe inside the Fortress walls, and experience what nightlife it was like 300 years ago.

Culture Fête

Culture Fête is an annual Signature Event that takes place in the Louisbourg Area over 3 days every July. Experience the sights, sounds smells, and tastes of the 18th century as the streets of Louisbourg come alive in a market atmosphere during this vibrant family-friendly festival.