The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park is the crown jewel of the Canadian Park
Service and the largest historical reconstruction in Canada. Fortress Louisbourg was built
to protect France's interests in the new world and to serve as the centre of its massive
seasonal fishing industry. Its location near the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova
Scotia enabled it to serve not only as the capital of the new colony of Ile Royale but
also to act as the first line of defense for France in its 18th century struggle against
Great Britain for colonial supremacy in North America.


Entrance to visitors center

Inside of visitors center

Inside of visitors center

View from visitors center observation area

Time did not permit us to take the minimum 3 hour tour of the fort on this trip, but hope to visit it another time.



Nova Scotia 2006