Travelling with grown-up kids:The Fortress of Louisbourg

One of the places we were Travelling with the grown-up kids in Cape Breton was the Fortress of Louisbourg. It has grown from a small museum to become North America’s largest historical reconstruction.

We received complimentary passes for admission to the Fortress as well as the tour and firing the musket. We are happy to partner with businesses and organizations that share our values. All opinions are our own. All pictures are by the talented Meaghan McLaughlin-Collins of Birch Tree Photography 

We stayed in Sydney so the trip to the Fortress took about 40 minutes.  We arrived at 9:30 just as the Interpretive Center was opening.  You can take your time and wander through the displays as you wait for the bus to take you to the town.


The guard at the Dauphin Gate challenged the group to find out where we were all from. Luckily someone said we were all their family and we could pass through the gates. Just a word of warning here. You might not want to wear red when you visit Louisburg as the guards are on the lookout for Redcoat English spies.

Our first destination upon entering the town was to De la Plagne House (#23). This is the information center and where you arrange and pay for the additional experiences you may wish to try.

Our tour guide Hilda was very knowledgeable and had lots of stories about the area.  She gave us an overview of each of the houses and the families that had lived there.


After the tour, we went through some of the buildings and watched the soldiers practice shooting muskets and cannon.

We had lunch at Grandchamp House. The dishes and utensils are reproductions of period pieces. The interpreters add to the feeling of being back in time.

After lunch, it was back up the hill to the Guardhouse. Sean signed up with the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and had some basic training in preparation for firing a musket. I think I made some major points with my boy for this one.

We waited on the lane as the sheep were called to the afternoon grazing, so Meaghan could get pictures of her favourite animals.

There is so much to see and do at the Fortress, we never got to do it all. Even still, I tracked over 10,000 steps over the course of the day. It is so full of history and it was such a joy to be able to be travelling with our grown-up kids.

You can find out more about the Fortress of Louisbourg here


Author: Michelle

I have filled many roles over my life: daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and Grand Master Bikini Competitor. All of these life experiences have provided me with a wealth of stories to share. Words are my refuge and my strength.

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