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Louisbourg, Canada

Famed for its fortress, Louisbourg offers summer visitors a taste of life in 1744 as costumed animators re-enact history.

Recognising the economic and military potential of the harbour and fishery, Louis XIV secured it for France in 1713 by constructing a well-fortified, walled city. During the 18th century Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport on the American continent but was successfully besieged by New England troops in 1745 and by British troops in 1758.

Fortress ruins

In the 1960s reconstruction began on the fortress ruins, and it became the largest project of its kind in North America. Today it is the flagship of Parks Canada’s restored properties.

The town has a theatre and railway museum and is surrounded by sandy beaches.

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Suggested Louisbourg itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Louisbourg, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Louisbourg

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Louisbourg. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Point of View Suites, Louisbourg

      Point of View Suites

      Simple

      This hotel makes a good base for exploring Louisbourg thanks to its views sunny ocean-view rooms, a convenient location just minutes away from the fortress, and a restaurant that features costumed servers and an authentic Cape Breton menu.

    • Louisbourg Harbour Inn, Louisbourg

      Louisbourg Harbour Inn

      Simple

      Located just off Main Street, Louisbourg Harbour has eight beautifully decorated guest rooms, six of which overlook the historic harbour.