Community Events: Culture Fête at the Fortress of Louisbourg

Culture Fete Louisbourg events

One of Cape Breton’s most popular tourist destinations is the Fortress of Louisbourg. (At our church in Sydney Mines, we highly recommend it to visitors.) This 18th-century reconstructed fortress is the largest National Historic Site in Canada. Complete with talented period actors and unique visitor experiences, it welcomes visitors from around the world. This weekend, reenactors and artisans from around the world are converging on Louisbourg for a three day multicultural festival.

Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s Culture Fête at the Fortress of Louisbourg.

Visiting the Fortress of Louisbourg

When you walk through Louisbourg’s iconic red gates, you will step back in time…over 250 years ago. Strolling down the street, you’ll pass blue-coated soldiers with tricorne hats. You can watch an 18th-century dance or listen to cannons being fired. Chat with servants, blacksmiths, and government officials…all in period costume. Stop by the bakery for a loaf of period-authentic bread, freshly baked in Louisbourg ovens. The artisans and actors at Louisbourg have an incredible standard of excellence. If it weren’t for looking down at your modern clothes, you’d feel that you truly were living in the 1740s. 

What You Can Expect at Culture Fête

During this special event, reenactment groups and local artists will converge on Louisbourg for three days of special events. According to Parks Canada, visitors can, “Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the 18th century as the streets of Louisbourg come alive in a market atmosphere during this vibrant three day festival.”

On Friday, July 19, the festival will focus on trades and crafts. You can watch tradesmen showcase 18th-century techniques of building and masonry. You can also participate in workshops with skilled artisans. If you’re lucky, you might even get to help restore the chapel’s molding with 23k gold leaf! Also, you can visit open air markets to purchase take-home souvenirs of Louisbourg.

On Saturday, July 20, the theme will be Arts and Culture. Visitors will enjoy hearing 18th-century music from visiting musicians and reenactors. You’ll also get to learn about period culture, entertainment, and society.

On Sunday, July 21, the theme will be Recreating the Past. Watch as Fortress reenactors and visiting actors demonstrate what life was really like in 1740s Louisbourg. 

Troy Allen, interpretation coordinator for the Fortress, told Cape Breton Post, “At its core it is about exploring the diverse culture of Cape Breton, Eastern Canada, and Canada for that matter, because Canada was really influenced by what happened at Louisbourg. Culture Fête is about the past looking forward.” 

Admission Fees

Visitors to the Fortress will pay regular admission fees to the Fortress. In high season, adults pay $17.60, while seniors pay $14.95. Youth from 6-17 years old get in free! If you plan to visit the Fortress often (or other national parks), you can purchase a Parks Canada Discovery Pass for a discounted rate. 

For More Information

Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg website or call 902-733-3552 for more information. At our church in Sydney Mines, we think Culture Fête is an amazing way to experience Canadian history! 


Have you ever visited the Fortress of Louisbourg? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email  


Claudine Broussard is a Cape Breton based musician, the social media director of, and coauthor of Seeking Jesus: Stepping Into a Life of Bold Surrender, Freedom, and Deep Joy.