Parks Canada Programs & Services

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Fortress of Louisbourg Seasonal Passes

A Fortress of Louisbourg Seasonal Pass grants you unlimited access to our site during operational hours for the entire calendar year. 

Pass holders will also receive discounts on select retail, food and special event tickets! 

Redeem your voucher with the Visitor Services Team upon entry (VRC Building from June 26th to September 15th, De la Plagne Building from September 16th to October 13th).  You will be issued your ‘Fortress of Louisbourg Seasonal Pass’ to enjoy unlimited access to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site during operational hours and receive a discount on select retail, food, and events during 2023.

Click here to purchase your seasonal pass. Purchase a pass here!

For more information on Parks Canada fees, click here.

Entry and service fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites, where revenues are kept to support visitor services and facilities. This means that every time you visit a park or site you are investing in its future — and in a legacy for future generations.

The following definitions apply to entry and service fee categories unless otherwise specified

Adult – Person 18 to 64 years of age
Senior – Person 65 years of age or over
Youth – Person 6 to 17 years of age
Family/Group – Up to seven people arriving in a single vehicle in a national park

Free admission for youth 17 and under


Daily - Peak Season

Adult $18.75
Senior $16.00
Youth free
Commercial Group, per person $16.00


Available from July 1st until September 15, 2023.

Shoulder Season

Adult $8.00
Senior $6.50
Youth free
Commercial Group, per person $6.75


Available from May 22 to June 30, 2023 and from September 16 to October 9, 2023.

Experiences, activities, and programs

The Fortress of Louisbourg offers a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages and interests. Travel back in time as you roam the streets of the reconstructed fortress, learn first-hand from authentically-clad “residents” what it was like during the 18th-century, and visit with a Mi’kmaw interpreter to learn about the culture and heritage of the people who have interacted with the lands since time immemorial. Take part in children’s programming, historical gardening, or rum tasting. Explore regional trails or take a guided tour through the site. Additional fees may apply.

For more information on activities and experiences at the fortress, click here.
For a daily schedule of activities and programs, click here.

Wake Up In The Past

Camp under the stars, safe inside the fortress walls, or sleep in a period style building as you become one of the town residents for the night. Spend a night as a soldier, a judge, an officer, or a prisoner. Explore the fortress – you’ll have it all to yourself – or sit back, cozy up with a fire and imagine what life was like 300 years ago! 

You have four overnight options to choose from:

Enjoy our fully equipped 18th-century style camping, and spend a lovely night outdoors while being surrounded by history.

Stay overnight on the edge of the fortified town in the Lartigue House. This truly unique ‘glamping’ experience is sure to create long-lasting memories to cherish.

Stand guard at your own private fortress for the night! Sleep in the Place d’Armes guardhouse, in the room that would have once been designated for the officer on-duty.

Experience the fortress in a completely new way and spend the night as a ‘voluntary inmate’ in the fortress prison, located just inside the King’s Bastion.

To find out more about our overnight experiences, or to book an unforgettable night in one of these locations, please visit the Parks Canada website or call (902) 919-8392.

For more information on Wake Up In The Past, click here.

Mi’kmaw Interpretive Centre

Discover part of the rich heritage of the Mi’kmaq on Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island). The Mi’kmaw Interpretive Centre at the Fortress of Louisbourg is a special place to learn about Mi’kmaq history and culture through images, artifacts, songs, drumming, and storytelling.

For more information about the Mi’kmaw Interpretive Centre, click here.