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Louisbourg is a small Canadian town located on the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. It is known as the birthplace of Canada’s French settlement, as it was the first permanent settlement in New France. The town of Louisbourg was founded in 1713 by French military officer Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, and it was a major fishing port and military stronghold for the French during the 18th century.

The town is situated on a small harbour, surrounded by high cliffs and hills. The harbour is sheltered by two large breakwaters that form a semicircular basin. This makes it an ideal spot for fishing and other maritime activities.

Historically, Louisbourg was an important strategic site for the French during the Seven Years’ War. The French built a large fortress to protect the town from British attacks, but it was eventually captured by the British in 1758. This event marked the beginning of the end of French rule in North America.

The town of Louisbourg was later destroyed during the American Revolution, and it was not until the early 20th century that it was rebuilt. The reconstructed town is now a National Historic Site of Canada, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nova Scotia. Visitors can explore the reconstructed fortress and its many buildings, including the Governor’s Residence and the King’s Bastion. There are also several museums, galleries, and parks in the area.

Louisbourg is a unique and historic town with a rich history. It is a great place to visit and explore, and it is sure to provide visitors with a memorable experience.

Excursion tips for a day in Louisbourg

As a tourist in Louisbourg in Canada, there are plenty of fun activities to do in a day. Here are some ideas:

1. Take a guided tour of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

2. Visit the Louisbourg Lighthouse.

3. Explore the streets of the reconstructed 18th century French town.

4. Stroll along the picturesque harbour.

5. Learn about the town’s history at the Fortress of Louisbourg Museum.

6. Take a whale-watching tour.

7. Enjoy the beach at Kennington Cove.

8. Have a picnic in the park.

9. Visit the Louisbourg Playhouse for a show.

10. Go fishing in the nearby rivers.

Experience Louisbourg with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Louisbourg. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Louisbourg

The climate in Louisbourg, Canada can vary greatly depending on the season. In the spring, temperatures range from mild to cool, with occasional rain and snow showers. Summers are warm and humid, with temperatures reaching into the high 20s and sometimes the low 30s Celsius. Fall temperatures are mild and can range from cool to warm. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees Celsius and heavy snowfall. Overall, Louisbourg experiences a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters.

Cruise weather for Louisbourg

Our weather forecast for Louisbourg helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 24.8 °C
min: 15.2 °C
20.2 m/s
39.2 m/s
74.8 %
22.0 m
72.8 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 13.9 °C
18.4 m/s
32.0 m/s
11.2 %
24.1 m
70.9 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 11.5 °C
17.6 m/s
32.4 m/s
41.2 %
24.1 m
62.8 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 24.3 °C
min: 10.4 °C
14.8 m/s
24.5 m/s
51.7 %
24.1 m
58.7 %
1,025 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 20.9 °C
min: 13.6 °C
16.6 m/s
25.2 m/s
99.6 %
23.4 m
74.9 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 21.2 °C
min: 13.5 °C
15.5 m/s
33.8 m/s
65.4 %
20.4 m
86.5 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 22.6 °C
min: 13 °C
20.2 m/s
37.1 m/s
58.5 %
24.1 m
84.8 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 15.4 °C
23.0 m/s
54.7 m/s
56.7 %
24.1 m
77.5 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 29.3 °C
min: 18.2 °C
23.4 m/s
56.5 m/s
69.2 %
24.1 m
72.2 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 24.9 °C
min: 16.4 °C
16.6 m/s
51.5 m/s
96.5 %
13.4 m
94.0 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 16.3 °C
19.4 m/s
50.4 m/s
87.0 %
16.8 m
92.0 %
1,014 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 18.7 °C
min: 16.3 °C
10.8 m/s
33.8 m/s
100.0 %
9.1 m
98.6 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 21.9 °C
min: 17.9 °C
9.7 m/s
27.7 m/s
100.0 %
9.2 m
95.6 %
1,017 hPa

Cruises to Louisbourg

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Scheduled ship calls in Louisbourg, Canada
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 3rd 2024 Thursday, 3rd of Oct. 2024 Scenic Eclipse 12:00 am 12:00 am

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