News Release Article from  Parks Canada

Fortress Feast Fundraising Opportunity for Local Charity Organizations at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

Local not-for-profit groups invited to apply for participation in this year’s event

January 19, 2016                                      Louisbourg, N.S.                                             Parks Canada Agency

Each year, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site partners with a local charity organization for Fortress Feast. Parks Canada is currently seeking a new charity to partner with in 2016.  Following the 2015 fundraising event, Parks Canada and the Fortress Louisbourg Association presented $1,200 to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

Fortress Feast is a special event that happens each fall at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. In the 18th century, Louisbourg workers received their wages for the year on St. Michael Feast Day in late September. It was an occasion of celebration that coincided with harvest. Fortress Feast continues this tradition of celebrating the richness of fall.

For the 2016 Fortress Feast, which coincides with the centennial of Women’s Suffrage and Cape Breton’s Celebrate Women 2016 initiative, there will be a focus on partnering with an organization that can help celebrate women at Fortress of Louisbourg. Not-for-profit organizations are invited to bring ideas forward that can help achieve this goal. If this falls within your organizational interest, please email for more information.

In 2015, Fortress Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada partnered with the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. The event included a salute to the king, a cocktail reception featuring FortressTM Rum, a five-course dinner, a concert by award-winning Dawn and Margie Beaton and fireworks. Half of the proceeds of ticket sales went to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

Quick Facts

  • The Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest reconstructed site in North America. An average of 82,000 people visit this site every year. The original settlement was founded in 1713 by the French and developed over several decades into a thriving centre for fishing and trade.
  • The Fortress Louisbourg Association provides visitor experience opportunities that ensure the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a premier destination, immersing visitors in an unforgettable experience of life in an 18th century colonial fortress.
  • Parks Canada protects a vast network of natural and heritage places that include 46 national parks, 168 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas. Parks Canada protects and presents these treasures because they tell stories of who we are and offer truly Canadian experiences.


"Fortress Feast is a fundraising experience that includes an interpretive and educational component in addition to music, paired with a unique period meal. We're pleased to be working with Fortress Louisbourg Association and look forward to receiving applications from local not-for-profit groups to participate in this year’s event.”‎

Lester Marchand
Visitor Experience Manager, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

“It’s a great honour for Fortress Louisbourg Association to partner with different organizations each year to hold a successful fundraising event with the help of Parks Canada. This year having the opportunity to present $1,200 to the Hospice Palliative Care is incredible and we look forward to working with another charity again next year.”

JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon
Chair, Fortress Louisbourg Association

Associated Links

Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site
Fortress Louisbourg Association
Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County

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