The Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest historic reconstruction, welcoming over 100,000 visitors each year and is one of the most renowned attractions in Canada. The Fortress, reconstructed for $25 million in 1961, was built to protect France’s interests in the new world and to serve as the centre of Louisbourg’s massive seasonal fishing industry. It was also the first line of defence for France in its 18th century struggle against Great Britain for supremacy in North America.
The Fortress is home to The King’s Bastian Barracks, which was once one of the largest buildings in North America, and offers a unique window into 18th century colonial history when costumed animators become the town's residents of the summer of 1744. Discover artifacts found during 20 years of archaeological excavation and talk to a soldier - you'll find them happy to tell you about guard duty, living conditions, armaments, security, food and a soldier's life in general.