Temporary site closure

To align with measures introduced by the Province of Nova Scotia to limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada will delay the launch of most visitor services including camping at locations in Nova Scotia until at least June 1, 2021, including the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

The following services and facilities will remain closed to visitors until at least June 1, 2021:

  • Access to visitor reception centres and buildings
  • Roofed accommodations
  • All interpretation programs, experiences and guided tours

All Parks Canada reservations impacted by this delayed opening will be automatically cancelled and refunded in full. Visitors do not have to do anything to cancel their reservation.

Access and services will be focused on limited autonomous day use of trails and other outdoor settings. Green spaces will remain open. If local visitors choose to travel within their municipality, Parks Canada is asking them to be cautious and conservative in their choice of activities and to stay within the bounds of personal knowledge and skill level. Visitors should respect the guidance of public health experts and authorities and make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

French soldiers march down the streets of the town as ladies dance in formal parlours. Cannon fire shakes the ground as harpsichord tunes mingle with baking bread aromas drifting from the stone bakery. Step through Louisbourg’s fortress walls and time-warp back to the 1700s. Chat with fishermen, sailors and servants. Sip rum and watch lace-making as children play 300-year-old games and stew simmers on an open-hearth fire. It’s so real, it seems surreal.


Hours of operation

October 13, 2020 to April 30, 2021
Open Monday to Friday
(except statutory holidays)
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

June 1 to October 11, 2021
Open daily
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

More information


October 13, 2020 to May 23, 2021
Adult: $7.40
Senior: $6.10
Youth: free

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