Louisbourg Port in Nova Scotia is a deep water harbor located in the southeast coast of Cape Breton Island. The French military forces gave the town its name in honor of Louis XV. Right after docking at the Louisbourg cruise port, you will be in awe with the town’s scenic beauty, magnificent seascapes and sandy beaches. The town is also known for its hospitable locals that are always ready to help with a smile.
You may find shopping in town limited to the small gift shops near the Louisbourg port of call. Aside from gift shops, you will also see convenience stores and ship supplies providers.
Arlies Gift Shop found in Main Street offers souvenirs at reasonable prices. Nearby shopping destinations include the Mayflower Mall and Sydney Shopping Center in Sydney. Visitors should can look for handmade quilts and rope hammocks.
There are also several shops along Cabot Trail in Cape Breton that sell high-quality crafts and artworks. The Shape Shift Pottery in North River Bridge specializes in stoneware and pottery works.
Things to See
The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is the town’s major attraction. It is considered to be Canada’s most ambitious historical reconstruction. The eighteenth century fortress was built by French troops and was home to 2,100 civilians and 700 soldiers. There are around 60 reconstructed buildings and a guided tour by costumed staff is available for tourists. During the summer, the locals re-enact the fortress’ past activities. You will be entertained by stories and demonstrations of cooking, sewing, music and other activities inside the historical site.
Another must-see attraction is the Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum. An 1895 station and freight shed can be found inside; both are already considered Provincial Heritage Properties. A modern ‘round house’ displays quilts and hosts an evening entertainment during the summer.
Visitors can also climb the Lighthouse near the Louisbourg cruise terminal entrance. Nearby, you will also find the ruins of an eighteenth century French lighthouse. From the lighthouse, you can hike to Kennington Cove; bring along your swimwear for a dip in the beach.
The Louisbourg Playhouse at the town center entertains tourists during weeknights. The set was used in filming the Walt Disney movie Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale.
A good way to spend your nights in Louisbourg is to stroll along the Boardwalk to watch ships come and go. A few minutes away, most fishing boats dock at the government owned wharf.
Restaurants and Bars
The Cranberry Cove Restaurant in Wolfe Street offers intimate dining for couples. They are known for their Cape Breton wine, Charboiled steak and chicken with cranberries.
Lobster Kettle is Louisbourg’s only waterfront restaurant. An 85-seat dining room is offered by the restaurant, perfect for large groups of visitors. Their seafood chowder is the restaurant’s signature dish. Enjoy your Atlantic lobster and fish cakes while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the harbor.
Home-cooked meals are served at the Point of View Restaurant while the Station House Restaurant serves special dinner meals during weekends.