Beginning at the Canso Causeway, Cape Breton's beautiful Fleur-de-lis Trail winds its way across the southeastern part of the Island, where our French influence is prevalent throughout.
The region is dotted with Acadian villages like Grande Anse, Louisdale, Martinique and Arichat, where you can seemingly step back in time to the 18th century. As well, the Fleur de Lis is highlighted by picturesque coves, trails and parks, including St. Peter's Canal and the unforgettable Fortress of Louisbourg.
Like a fog on the harbour, the mists of time roll back and the Fortress of Louisbourg stands proudly before us. Its very scale gives us pause; no mere fort, our destination is a fortified town, alive with citizens, soldiers and sailors from the four corners of the world.
To experience the largest reconstructed 18th century French fortified town in North America, we recommend you devote at least one full day. The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site features over 50 buildings that will take you back to fortress’ glory days when it was a thriving seaport. Stroll the streets and relive life during the 18th century with costumed washerwomen, bread sellers, soldiers, noblemen and musicians.