Once you board your air-conditioned transportation you'll travel south through the beauty and splendor of Cape Breton Island. En route to Fortress Louisbourg, you'll marvel at the deep green rolling hillsides and the pristine waters of Mira River, Nova Scotia's longest river.
Located on the Atlantic coast of Cape Breton Island, Fortress Louisbourg is a living museum and faithful recreation of a 250-year-old town. As you approach the fort, you'll notice that it's surround by ramparts - called the "King's Bastion," it's a fort within a fortress. The King's Bastion Barracks is the largest building on site and during its use was the largest building in North America. The original fortress constructed between 1720 and 1740 was one of the most extensive and expensive fortifications ever to be built in North America and one of France's key centers of trade and military strength in the New World. Today, it's a National Historic Site of Canada and an exciting and entertaining lesson in history.
The largest reconstructed 18th century French fortified town in North America, the site features over 50 buildings covering 12 acres with both men and women in period costume who reflect the full range of society from 1744. Period homes, exhibits, and theme centers line the streets, as well as along the waterfront. Upon arrival at the Fortress you will have an introduction and brief guided tour.
After your tour, you're free to explore the fort on your own and explore this fascinating historic site 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. The Fortress of Louisbourg offers quiet opportunities for visitors to imagine life in the toughest of conditions almost 300 years ago with beautiful visuals in static display as they stand on the history laden grounds surrounded by the beauty of the architecture of the buildings, an ideal place within which to walk, reflect and ponder life long ago. You may wish to visit the elegant home of the King's engineer, Étienne Verrier and learn about the layout of the town and its fortifications. Your trip back to the ship will follow the same scenic route.