An exhibition of rural Canada at its most authentic, Louisbourg never fails to charm and captivate its visitors. Situated on the rugged eastern coast of Cape Breton Island, Louisbourg has a rich, varied history and is perhaps best known for its connections to Louis XIV, who secured the area for France in 1713 by building a fortified, walled city. While those times have long passed, the ruins of the Fortress of Louisbourg remain and are a must-see to learn about Louisbourg's fascinating past.
Louisbourg's maritime soul permeates the city, and the waterfront district offers much to enjoy. During your time here, you could visit the wharf and lighthouse, watch the lobster boats return from their daily explorations, sample the local seafood, and simply delight in the laidback lifestyle and community spirit. If you choose to venture out from Louisbourg itself, you'll soon find beautiful beaches and scenic hiking trails that beg for exploration.