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Louisbourg was once the great 18C fortress of New France, manned by the largest garrison in North America. The $25 million restoration of this National Historic Site is the most expensive preservation project ever undertaken by the Canadian government. Models of the fortress and displays on the history of Louisbourg provide orientation in the visitor centre (departure point for bus to fortress; onboard commentary serves as preview of visit). Visitors cross a drawbridge to enter the walled town through the elaborate Dauphine Gate, manned by a sentry. Over 50 buildings (most open to the public) are constructed of wood or roughcast masonry, some furnished to their 1740s appearance, others containing themed exhibits. In the summer season, costumed staff portray 18C French society's leisure, propertied and working classes. Popular attractions include a bakery, where bread similar to the kind King Louis' troops lined up for in 1744 can be purchased. Visitors can partake of 18C meals served on earthenware and pewter by costumed staff in three period restaurants on the premises. Along the quay stands the high wooden Frédéric Gate, the entrance through which important visitors to this once-bustling port were ushered from the harbour. The rich furnishings on the ground floor of the ordonnateur's residence include a harpsichord of the period. Archaeological artifacts recovered during reconstruction are on display at various locations.

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  • Address : 259 Park Service Rd. CDN - Louisbourg B1C 2L2B1C 2L2Louisbourg
  • Phone : (902) 733-3552
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  • Prices : 17.60 $

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