Travel back in time to 1744 and discover what life was like at Fortress Louisbourg, the re-creation of a French fort that is so impressive it has become a Canadian National Historic Site.
National Historic Site of Fortress Louisbourg
Explore a place that time has forgotten
Guided historic tour
See the first lighthouse in Canada
Level 2: Suitable for most.
Warm clothing, comfortable footwear, umbrella.
Approximately 0h45 in total driving time.
The excursion starts with a photo stop at the first lighthouse in Canada and second in North America. The remnants of the lighthouse foundation, built by the French in 1734, are still visible today. The current lighthouse has been standing on the site since 1924.
Our journey then continues to Fortress Louisbourg. Upon arriving at the fortress you get an introduction and participate in a brief guided tour. You are then free to explore this fascinating historic site on your own, admiring the beauty of the exterior architecture and visiting some of the open exhibit buildings.
Adding to the experience is a trio of rotating workshops offering opportunities to explore events that time has forgotten. Rub shoulders with local characters, the De Gannes family and the chief engineer's servants, as they provide a rare glimpse into the challenges faced by residents of 18th century life here. Revel in the magnificence of the King's Bastion while you hear stirring tales of soldiers testing their mettle in an unfamiliar new environment. And for pure indulgence, treat yourself to the elegant bliss of our chocolate demonstrations, delighting in a first-hand experience making hot chocolate the "old fashioned" way.
The Fortress of Louisbourg offers visitors the opportunity to imagine life in the toughest of conditions almost 300 years ago with the help of informative visuals on the fort's grounds.
After spending approximately 120 minutes at the fort, you board the coach for the trip back to the ship.
Booking code: A-LOU1
Included: Hot chocolate
Requirements: Warm clothing, comfortable footwear, umbrella. Approximately 0h45 in total driving time.