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To help you plan your visit, here is a list of our "top ten" recommended things to see and do in Louisbourg:

Loutisbourg Fortress
1. Fortress of Louisbourg
2. Louisbourg Lighthouse
3. Our Picturesque Harbour
4. Kennington Cove Beach
5. Louisbourg Playhouse
6. Kennelly Point Look-off
7. Simon Point Nature Trail
8. S&L Railway Museum
9. The Lighthouse Trail
10. A Race Through Time


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S&L Railway Museum

This grouping of buildings and train cars includes a turn-of-the-century train station that today houses the Sydney & Louisbourg Railway Museum. Exhibits include artifacts, models and photographs, which provide a fascinating glimpse of the railway in its heyday and of Louisbourg’s role as a major coal-shipping terminal and seaport from the late 1800s and early 1900s through to the 1950s.


The Lighthouse Trail

Photo opportunities abound along this seven-kilometre coastal trail, which begins near the Louisbourg Lighthouse. With its breathtaking scenic vistas and views of the Fortress in the distance, this newly constructed hiking trail is enjoyed by a growing number of visitors to Cape Breton as well as local residents.


A Race Through Time

A featured race in the Run Nova Scotia series, the Race Through Time is a fun and unusual 8-mile run held in mid-August. It proceeds from present-day Louisbourg to the national park along the shore of the harbour, past Black Rock, the site of the 18th-century gallows, then through the streets of the Fortress and out through its gates, looping back to modern-day Louisbourg.

Additional information can be found on the following Web sites:

  • Fortress of Louisbourg

  • Louisbourg Playhouse

  • A Race Through Time

  • 9 Lower Warren St., Louisbourg, NS  1-888-888-8466  parkerbagnell@gmail.com