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Louisbourg Vacation Packages

Visit a charming seaside town in Nova Scotia, known for its 18th-century fortress, sweeping coastline, walking trails and beaches.

Perched on the southeast coast of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island is the picturesque town of Louisbourg. It is where you can experience what life was like inside an 18th-century fortress, hike through forests and dive down to explore shipwrecks. 

Louisbourg dates back to the late 16th century, when British settlers established a fishing community here. The town takes its name from Louis XIV of France, who commissioned its fortress in 1713.

Louisbourg’s major attraction is the Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site on the south side of Louisbourg Harbour. This is a partial reconstruction of the fortified town that once stood on this spot. Visit restored buildings, watch costumed actors reenact traditional activities, learn about Louisbourg’s earliest settlers and sample customary food of the time.

The town's center stretches along the northern shores of Louisbourg Harbour. Along Main Street you will find shops, cafés, restaurants and guesthouses set inside colorful clapboard buildings. Discover the town’s coal hauling, railroad and marine history at the Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum. Enjoy independent theatrical productions at Louisbourg Playhouse, a mock 17th-century theater. 

Stroll to the harbor waterfront to see the town’s time-honored fishing heritage. Spot multicolored boats at the fisherman’s wharf and see local fishermen bring in the day’s catch. Louisbourg celebrates its fishing industry at August’s Louisbourg Crabfest, an annual festival of live music and delicious seafood. 

Well-maintained walking trails and spectacular scenery make Louisbourg a good destination for being outdoors. Follow the Lighthouse Trail across a forest-clad headland to the Louisbourg Lighthouse. A 20-minute drive from the town center is Kennington Cove and Anson’s Cove, two sandy beaches with more coastal walks and picnic areas. Take a refreshing swim on a warm day and join a scuba diving trip to explore the shipwrecks around Louisbourg Harbour.

Louisbourg is about a 6-hour drive east from Halifax. Get here via rented car or fly to Sydney Airport, situated 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the town center. Louisbourg is bitterly cold in winter and mild in summer, yet its attractions and stunning landscapes captivate whatever the season.


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Fortress Inn Louisbourg £55
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019
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Fortress Inn Louisbourg

Fortress Inn Louisbourg

7464 Main Street, Louisbourg, NS
     
    3.3 of 5
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Good location to fort Louisbourg and the staff were helpful

    Point of View Suites £93
    Reviewed on 6 Sep 2019
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    Point of View Suites

    Point of View Suites

    15 Commercial Street Extension, Louisbourg, NS
       
      4.4 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The Beggers Banquet on Monday, 'also the nice view and the idea to dine in costumes

      Hearthstone Inn Sydney £90
      Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019
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      Hearthstone Inn Sydney

      Hearthstone Inn Sydney

      560 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
         
        3.5 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Staff are warm and friendly. We were upgraded to a suite and the room had character and charm. It was very comfortable.

        Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront £76
        Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019
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        Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront

        Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront

        300 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          lovely view. Friendly staff. Would recommend the hotel.

          Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney £87
          Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019
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          Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney

          Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney

          480 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
             
            3.9 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            room was clean and comfortable. there was a stain on the couch that was offputting possibly the hotel should use removable covers that can be washed. outside of hotel not ss pleasing as inside. breakfast was good.

            Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney £88
            Reviewed on 13 Sep 2019
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            Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney

            Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney

            380 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great location, great bed, good restaurant and complimentary breakfast

              Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney Nova Scotia £96
              Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019
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              Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney Nova Scotia

              Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney Nova Scotia

              60 Maillard Street, Membertou, NS
                 
                4.7 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                The hotel was great and the staff very accommodating. The restaurant attached to it was splendid and had musicians and singers during out dinner. Loved it. The only thing I missed was the breakfast in the morning - took our suitcases out to the car and came back in at 10 sharp and the breakfast was ...

                Harbourview Inn & Suites £75
                Reviewed on 3 Sep 2019
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                Harbourview Inn & Suites

                Harbourview Inn & Suites

                100 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
                   
                  3.2 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Furnishings were all a bit tired. Windows looking to the harbor covered by worn out blinds.

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