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Step back in time to 1744 and discover one of Nova Scotia's best known and most celebrated historic sites. The Fortress of Louisbourg is North America's largest historical reconstruction.
Each summer the Fortress comes to life with more than a dozen buildings that are open to the public. Interact with the residents, from poor soldiers to wealthy citizens as they go about their daily routines.
You can explore at your own leisure or take a guided tour and if you are hungry, be sure to stop by one of the three restaurants for an authentic 18th Century meal.
The Fortress of Louisbourg is open from June 15 to October 15th, from 9:30am to 5pm.
How to get there
Travel through Nova Scotia and cross the Canso Causeway onto Cape Breton Island Travel to Sydney and from the NS Highway 125 take exit 8 onto Route 22 to Louisbourg
The Fortress of Louisbourg is located on Cape Breton Island, named the 3rd most beautiful island in the world by Travel + Leisure.
If you're driving from the Canso Causeway, you have a choice. You can take Route 4, the Fleur-de-lis Trail, (also called Highway 104) to Sydney. Or follow the TransCanada Highway 105 to North Sydney and take Highway 125 to Sydney. Near Sydney you will take exit 8 onto Route 22. Driving time for either route is 2.5 hours.
The Fortress is just beyond the modern town of Louisbourg. Driving time is 30 minutes from Sydney. An alternate route is the scenic and coastal Marconi Trail, Route 255, from Glace Bay. Driving time is one hour.
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