Posted by: Waheeda Harris | September 12, 2013

Discovering the Fortress of Louisbourg

Celebrating its 300th anniversary, the Fortress of Louisbourg is a unique historic site in Canada – not only one of the oldest, but its the largest reconstructed site in the country:

NS - Louisbourg gates


These gates symbolized the fortress, which was a small city – one of the main ports for the French, it was a link between Europe and the Caribbean. Thanks to the seemingly endless stocks of cod, fishermen did well and the fortress benefited from the economic activity.

NS - Fortress area


Merchants, tailors, restaurants, pubs, houses and a church – all of this was found within the fortress, providing support for the sea economy and a place for those who wanted to be in the new world. 

NS - Fortress guard


These days, locals dress in costume on the site for reinactments and for visitors to ask questions about their lives – like this French soldier. 

And to maintain the reality of the 18th century, visitors can also have lunch in one of the local restaurants, serving fish soup like they would have done decades ago to the arriving sailors and merchants:

NS - Fortress dining


And for those lucky enough to be able to visit the Governor of the Fortress, if they became an overnight guest, this is where they would have laid their head after a multi-course meal:

NS - Fortress Governor's House


Visitors to the Fortress can wander through several homes, to understand the day to day life of those living in the late 1700s, and as a country that is still considered young on the planet, its an interesting insight into our colonial past. 

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