During your approximate 45 minute drive to the Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site, you’ll cross over the pretty Mira River which is the longest navigable river in Nova Scotia. The fortress is Canada’s largest historical reconstruction, where you step back in time to the 18th century, when Louisbourg was a thriving seaport – one of the busiest harbors in North America. The site has been meticulously rebuilt to one quarter of the 18th century town, on the foundations of the original by following detailed blueprints from Paris archives.
Upon arrival at the fortress you’ll have an introduction and brief guided tour. You are then free to explore this fascinating historic site on your own, taking in the beauty of the exterior architecture of the buildings and visiting some of the exhibit buildings that will be open for your viewing pleasure. It offers offers quiet opportunities for you to imagine life in the toughest of conditions almost 300 years ago, as you stand on the historical grounds. An ideal place to stroll, reflect and ponder life long ago.
Note: Walking at your leisure on uneven grassy inclines, wooden decking, beaten pathways and cobblestone. Terrain at the fortress may be difficult for wheelchair users to navigate. This tour is not recommended for persons with special mobility needs or wheelchairs. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress warmly, bring a jacket or windbreaker.