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  Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada

Parks Canada ~ Parcs Canada
Cape Breton ~ Le Cap-Breton

 Yvon LeBlanc - Louisbourg 1744

fortress of Louisbourg Institute / Institut de Louisbourg   forteresse de  
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THIS RESEARCH AND GENEALOGICAL WEBSITE WAS ARCHIVED IN 2010

FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA (N.S.) 

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

HOW TO GET TO THE FORTRESS OF LOUISBOURG

The Site is located south of Sydney on Route 22, just beyond the modern town of Louisbourg. Take exit 8 near Sydney. Driving time is 30 minutes. An alternate route is the scenic and coastal Marconi Trail, Route 255, from Glace Bay. Driving time is one hour.

If you're driving from the Canso Causeway, take Route 4, the Fleur-de-Lis Trail, or Trans Canada Highway 104 to Sydney. Or follow Trans Canada Highway 105 through Baddeck to North Sydney and take Highway 125 to Sydney. Then take Exit 8 near Sydney to Route 22. Driving time for either route is 2.5 hours.

RECOMMENDED VISITING TIME

One full day. Plan a minimum of four hours to see selected buildings and exhibits. Allow plenty of time to stop and talk with the "residents" of the Fortress. If you have more time, visit Lighthouse Point and Kennington Cove.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT

Your first stop is the Visitor Reception Centre, just beyond the modern town of Louisbourg. Ample free parking is available. You'll take a 10-minute bus ride from the Visitor Centre to the Fortress. Remember to bring your camera, film, warm clothing, and so on (it's time consuming to return for something you forget.)

At the Visitor Reception Centre:

-Purchase your admission ticket.
-Visit the boutique for gifts, souvenirs and fine reproductions.