- Welcome to Louisbourg -






Le Chameau                                 A small part of the recovered treasure

The Louisbourg Visitor Information Centre, operated by Destination Cape Breton Association, is located on the Main Street right next to the Local Post Office. Tourism staff will answer all of your travel questions, ensuring you make the most of your visit in Louisbourg.

Town Map 

Louisbourg is located on the southeast coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is easily accessible by road, sea and air. If you are travelling by car, there are two entry points to the Island – the Canso Causeway at Port Hastings and car ferries travelling from Port-aux-Basques and Argentina, Newfoundland, to the Marine Atlantic terminal in North Sydney. Bus service is also available through Acadian Lines and air travel through the Sydney Airport provides several flights each day.

Road Directions
Travel through Nova Scotia and cross the Canso Causeway onto Cape Breton Island Travel to Sydney and from the NS Highway 125 take exit 8 onto Route 22 to Louisbourg

From Sydney - take exit 8 near Sydney. Driving time is 30 minutes. An alternate route is the scenic and coastal Marconi Trail, Route 255, from Glace Bay. Driving time is one hour.

If you're driving from the Canso Causeway, take Route 4, the Fleur-de-Lis Trail, or TransCanada Highway 104 to Sydney. Or follow TransCanada Highway 105 through Baddeck to North Sydney and take Highway 125 to Sydney. Then take Exit 8 near Sydney to Route 22. Driving time for either route is 2.5 hours

Travel Distances to Louisbourg

Cabot Trail (St. Ann’s) – 1 hour and 15 minutes

Canso Causeway – 2 hours

Sydney Airport – 40 minutes

Alexander Graham Bell Museum – 1.5 hours

Miners’ Museum – 50 minutes

Louisbourg offers two CAP sites with Internet service.
Please phone for hours of operation:

George D. Lewis High School (733-2515)
WW Lewis Memorial Library (733-3608)

If you have a disability, you can arrange for a pass at the Visitor Reception Centre to drive your own vehicle to the Fortress. Fortress streets are wheelchair-accessible, with assistance. Portable ramps are available to provide access to some buildings. For assistance, ask at the Visitor Reception Centre. Wheelchair lifts are available at the Visitor Centre and the Beausèjour House on-site.

Marine Atlantic
NS Road Report
Destination Cape Breton
Nova Scotia Tourism

Parks Canada Visitor Services (Fortress of Louisbourg) (902-733-3546)

Burkes Enviro Depot (902-733-2130)

Canadian Coast Guard Government Wharf (902-733-2128)

Post Office (902-733-2270)

Medical Clinic (902-733-3111)

W.W. Lewis Library (902-733-3608)

Tennis Courts

Fire Station (902-733-2393)

Senior Citizen's Club

Police and Ambulance (902-733-2444)

Tourism Information (902-733-2720)

The Royal Bank (902-733-2012)

Main-a-dieu Credit Union (902-733-2555)

Sampson & MacDougall Law Firm (902-539-2425)

Triple D  Pet Sitting Service902) 733-3332

Please feel free to phone for a service schedule:

Stella Maris Catholic Church (902-733-3690 / 2145)

St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church (902-733-3394 / 2604)

Zion Presbyterian (902-733-2921)

Church of God Pentecostal (902-733-3376)

United Church (902-733-2312)