Fortress of Louisbourg

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Fortress of Louisbourg
Photo by: Joe Shlabotnik, Creative Commons

Fortress of Louisbourg or Forteresse de Louisbourg in French is a National Historic site of Canada. Located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, it is the largest historical society reconstructed in Canada –an 18th century like fortress. It was mainly built to support the Fishing Industry and protect France’s interests in the new world. The construction of this community was started in 1719 by French investors who later became very successful in Fisheries and made the community a thriving settlement.

The Fortress of Louisbourg gives a visitor a nostalgic sense of how things were. The houses, the streets, and ramparts give visitors an idea of how the early Canadians lived. It’s a window to Canada’s History. The main attractions in the place are the Theme Centers and Parks like the DeLa Plagne House, the Ordonnateur’s Residence, De la Perelle House, and Carrerot House. These are theme centers named after family residences. The De la Plagne House is where one can watch a film about the fortress’ history. The Ordannateur’s Residence displays paintings of the seaport made in 1744. While in De la Perelle House, visitors can take photos of themselves dressed in an 18th century garb.

The Fortress of Louisbourg is both a popular tourist destination and an excellent place to retreat to, no pun intended. After a well rested vacation at the Fortress, you will feel rejuvenated.

2 responses to “Fortress of Louisbourg”

  1. I would like to drive up to Louisbourg this summer with my wife and small white Maltise dog. I was up there 10 years ago and loved it the food the people and all the history. I hopeto here a welcome back from you all Thanks Gerry ahd Cathie Barnes

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