Get ready for a celebration three centuries in the making. Join us in 2013 for Louisbourg300, a grand fête marking the 300th anniversary of the founding of Île Royale — known today as Cape Breton Island — and its capital, Louisbourg. There has never been a better time to experience history coming to life at North America’s largest historical reconstruction.

SuperFête de Saint-Louis

More festive than ever with Louisbourg300 celebrations! To mark 300 years of history, the Feast of Saint Louis (la Fête de Saint-Louis) has become a two-day SuperFête! Each day a special concert complements traditional Feast of Saint Louis activities: Saturday August 24th, rock on at the LouisRocks concert with JP Cormier and Matt Andersen at 7:30 pm ($30); and Sunday August 25th, dance to the Fiddles for the Fête with Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy and 300 fiddlers at 3 pm (regular entry fee to the site, FREE with a fiddle that you can play). Other activities include buskers (Fri-Sat), vendors (Fri-Sat-Sun), culinary demonstrations (Fri-Sat), a garden party with our Governor for a day (Sat), fireworks (Sat. 9:30pm), dance demonstrations and workshops (Sun), and military demonstrations (Sat-Sun).


Préparez-vous à célébrer trois siècles d’histoire! Soyez des nôtres en 2013 pour célébrer Louisbourg300, une grande fête marquant le 300 anniversaire de la fondation de l’Île Royale (île du Cap-Breton aujourd’hui), et de sa capitale, Louisbourg. Il n’y a jamais eu de meilleur moment pour vivre l’histoire dans la plus grande reconstitution historique en Amérique du Nord.

Fiddles for the Fête

(August 25th): Featuring Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the Fortress welcomes 300 fiddles for the Fête! Join us for fiddle music and outdoor square dance.

2:00pm – Free entrance to the Fortress with a fiddle (that you can play!)

For those without fiddles, admission to Fiddles for Fête is set at the regular daily Parks Canada fee, which you can read more about here. Please note that advance tickets to this event are not available.