Louisbourg Travel Guide

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    Louisbourg
    by Jim_Eliason
  • Louisbourg
    Louisbourg
    by Jim_Eliason
  • Louisbourg
    Louisbourg
    by Jim_Eliason

Louisbourg Things to Do

  • ~ Visit the First Lighthouse ~

    Louisbourg is the place of the first lighthouse in Canada. The building began in 1730 and was finished in 1734. In 1758 the lighthouse was damaged during the final siege and was never erected again. You can still see the remains of the stoneworks of the original lighthouse.They built a second lighthouse in 1842, and in 1902 they built the fog...

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  • ~ Fortress Louisbourg ~

    After checking out the location of the First Lighthouse and the Railway Museum we headed off to the Fortress. It was about 3:00pm when we arrived and the Fort would be closing in 2 hours, because of that we got our tickets at a discount. Once you have your ticket you head downstairs to a waiting bus which leave every 15 minutes. There are no...

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  • ~ Jake's Lounge ~

    Quite the cozy little lounge. There wasn't too many people there when we went, but those we met were so much fun to be around that we ended up staying until last call - or second last call, maybe even third last call. We played some pool with the locals. My partner was a local foreman for one of the fishing vessels, and Planxty's was one of the...

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  • ~ I Missed the Last Train? ~

    After we had finished our visit to the First Lighthouse we headed to the Louisbourg Railway Museum. We headed into the Museum to be greeted by a friendly smiling female. We had asked about the admission fee and were told there is no admission fee, but if you felt the desire to donate, they would gladly accept it.The station was built in 1895, and...

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  • ~ The Oddest Question ~

    After a day of touring around Louisbourg, we headed to the Grubstake restaurant. Conveniently located only a 5 minute walk from the Louisbourg RV and Campsite where we were staying.We stepped in and were greeted by a smiling hostess, she sat us at a table and asked if we'd be eating. That's an important question as one is never sure if you can...

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  • Sadly rather neglected.

    Readers of other pages of mine will know that I have a love for all things to do with railways which is possibly due in part to my paternal grandfather having worked on the railways in Northern Ireland all his adult life. Similarly I will never pass up a chance to visit a railway Museum and so it was that we pulled in here whilst driving out of...

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  • My kind of pub.

    On a wander round Loiusbourg one evening (and there is not really that much to wander round) we happened upon this place which is advertised on the same sign variously as the Fortress Inn and Jake's Lounge and continental breakfast. Well, it was the evening and so breakfast wasn't really a consideration whether it was continental or not as all I...

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  • Pleasant place for a drink.

    I love Nova Scotia, simple as that. There is, however, one thing that causes me no end of confusion about the place and that is the simply unfathomable licensing laws. I really have no idea what century or even millenium they came out of and I had a few interesting experiences with them. This is yet another case in point.My travelling companion and...

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  • Disappointingly Disney.

    The main reason for people to visit Louisbourg is undoubtedly to see the Fortress albeit the town itself is pleasant enough as I hope my other tips have shown. My travelling companion RavensWing and I duly headed the couple of miles out of town to the site, well at least we thought it was the site but actually it isn't. We parked up in one of the...

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  • The very first.

    As the very name suggests the Maritime Provinces are inextricably bound to the North Atlantic that laps their shores. Whilst often beautiful these can be extremely treacherous waters, not least for the appalling and very frequent fogs that plague shipping in the region. It is therefore hardly surprising that Nova Scotia has as many lighthouses as...

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  • Louisbourg Fortress

    The primary reason to come to Louisbourg is its reconstruction of the 18th century French fort that was France's main bulwark against English encroachment in Nova Scotia. The site is reconstructed and has numerous re-enactors to give you a feel for life in French colonial Louisbourg.

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  • See the fortress and move on.

    I strongly recommend completely avoiding the town. The restaurants were all dirty looking and run down (we entered all of them looking for something to eat and exited immediately) and the accommodations were horrible for the excdeption of one hotel (resort) that didn't even have a cot for our 3rd child. It looked very nice though and it did have a...

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Louisbourg Restaurants

  • The Best Place for Seafood

    The Grubsteak is an excellent restuarant with a real fishermans feel. Located on the main road, beside the town dairy, it is an excellent spot to eat seafood or any meal. It may seem classy and up scale, but as many restuarant down east it is not! The food is amazing for any ocassion. One dish I just loved while visiting the Grubsteak was the...

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  • As authentic as they're allowed to serve...

    In the fortress, there's an olde-style public house that serves food that the settlers here may have eaten. Mead isn't legal, so you can't drink old-school beer, but they do give you fresh-caught fish roasted to perfection and served au natural -- eyes and all -- for you to pick the meat out of it. The potatoes come as mash, and the soup is...

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Louisbourg Sports & Outdoors

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    The Lighthouse Trail

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 11, 2014

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    With 5 and 9 Km options, this trail winds along dramatic cliffs along the coast starting at the lighthouse. Well worth it if in Louisbourg!

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