259 Park Service Road, Louisbourg, NS

Status: Former French Fort, Heritage Property

Ghost Tours and Overnight Investigations are Offered Occasionally


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The French came to Louisburg in 1713 after ceding what is now Newfoundland to the British at the end of the War of Spanish Succession. They began building a fortified town in 1719 and completed it just in time for another war with Britain in 1745.

The fortress was in poor shape at the time and the troops on the edge of mutiny so it was taken in 46 days. After regaining the site by treaty, the French were once again besieged by the British in 1758.

Again, the British took the fort as France had no navy to protect it – this time it took them 7 weeks. The British promptly dismantled the site so it would no longer be a threat.

The site has now been reconstructed by Canada and is a National Historic Site where visitors can experience life as it was in the 18th century.


Paranormal Activity

The apparition of a sea captain who has greeted visitors and helped people about to fall on the stairs. The apparition of a nurse who wanders the halls of the old hospital; sometimes the sound of crying follows her. The apparition of a small boy crying who is searching for his mother.

Poltergeist activity has been reported in the bakery including moving and breaking objects and the moving of a 300 pound bread maker.

The apparition of an 18th century French soldier walks the grounds and has been seen in the chapel.

Phantom sounds of cannon fire and men screaming; disembodied voices and footsteps and light anomalies.