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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

The Town of Louisbourg
and Surrounding Area
Tourism Site

Louisbourg House

Former Louisbourg Town Hall

Louisbourg Boardwalk


Louisbourg Crab Fest


In 1993, a group of local citizens had an idea of starting a Crab Festival. What a better way to end the summer and celebrate the delicious landings of the local crab fishermen at the same time. Little did they know then, that this little idea would grow into a Maritime renown festival with people making it a point of returning year after year. Since its humble beginnings that first summer, the Crab Fest has improved and grown stronger each year. It now boasts a visitor rate of approximately 5,000 for the 2 day event. The festival is sponsored by the Louisbourg Crab Fest Committee, in conjunction with the local Volunteer Fire Department and its Ladies Auxiliary. It takes place under big-top tents on the water front site adjacent to Louisbourg's waterfront. This is a family-oriented event, with activities such as games and face painting for children, as well as an impressive roster of live Celtic entertainment. The festival gets underway early in the evening of Friday, with various performances by traditional entertainers. Bar service is available, and for those craving a taste of the sea, mussels are also available during the evening. In addition to the sea fare, canteen services are also available on the site. Unique Crab Fest items are sold and make great souvenirs of the annual festival. Beginning Saturday, "the crab dinners will be on sale from noon til they're gone." Such community dinners have the deserved reputation of providing in-season fare at excellent prices. Superb entertainment will continue including performances by various traditional bands throughout the day and well into the evening, children's entertainment, face painting, and "games galore". The festival boasts a superb line-up of traditional music, sure to please all in attendance. The bar and canteen services will be open all day as well.