On Cape Breton’s rocky shoreline east of Sydney, Nova Scotia, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a glimpse into one of North America’s busiest 18th century seaports. Founded by the French in 1713, it fell under siege twice to the British before being demolished in the 1760s.
In the 1960s, reconstruction began, rebuilding part of the Fortress of Louisbourg and excavating surrounding gun batteries, shipwrecks, lighthouses, battlefields and siege camps.
Pass through Louisbourg’s stone archway today into streets, houses, shops, restaurants and barracks “inhabited” from July to September by authentically-clad animators living a typical day in the 1700s. Everything – from soldiers’ drills, music and dance, children’s games, kitchen gardens and meal recipes – dates back 300 years. Interacting with “residents” is to time travel back to a key French trade and military hub, vividly and entertainingly brought back to life.