Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Louisbourg

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

The fortunes of the province that became Nova Scotia are inextricably bound up with this mighty fortress, built by the French but battled over countless times before finally being burned to the ground in 1760....

Lighthouse in Louisbourg

Louisbourg Lighthouse

Canada's first lighthouse was built on this wild, rugged and extremely scenic site in 1734. The present lighthouse, a handsome concrete structure, was opened in 1923. You can't enter the lighthouse, but it's...

Seafood in Louisbourg

Beggar's Banquet

Finally, it's here: the chance to dress up like it's the 1700s and step inside a boisterous, beer-swilling tavern for a crab and lobster feast while being serenaded by 18th-century tunes. Unspeakably lame?...

Canadian in Louisbourg


Hearty, country-style food is the game at the Grubstake: chicken royal, rib steaks, fresh lobster and queen crab, accompanied by homemade porridge bread. The dated decor is nothing to write home about, but the...

Cafe in Louisbourg

Foggy Hermit Cafe

Filling salads, burgers and sandwiches are what to expect at this vaguely nautical cafe, which sometimes has jazz and folk nights.