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View from a porch with buckets of colourful flowers facing the a laneway framed with greenery leading to the street.

Louisbourg Harbour Inn & Louisbourg Heritage House

4.5-star Bed and Breakfast, Canada Select

Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

About Us

Wake up to the sound of seagulls, enjoy the smell of fresh ocean air, and take in the sights of a fishing village straight out of a postcard. Our inns offer a cozy home base for daily excursions in an area rich with history and natural beauty.

Located on picturesque Louisbourg Harbour, our inns are just one mile from the impressive Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a three-minute walk to community fishing wharf, a four-minute drive to the Louisbourg Harbour Lighthouse, with its stunning coastal walking trail, and a stone’s throw from local restaurants stocked with fresh-from-the-sea delights.

History of the Inns

Louisbourg Harbour Inn

The Louisbourg Harbour Inn is located just off the main street in Louisbourg. The century-old sea captain’s house was originally built by Captain Thomas Townsend. 

Each of the rooms is named after a ship of historical significance to the area and four of the seven uniquely decorated guest rooms offer water views looking out toward the historic Louisbourg Harbour. There is also a large harbourside guest balcony on the second floor, perfect for watching the fishing boats plying their trade on warm sunny afternoons.

Exterior of a three-storied gabled yellow and white wooden house with balconies and a veranda on a summer's day. Green bushes and lupins blow in the breeze.
A cement laneway framed with flowers like black-eyed susan's leads to a Victorian-era three-storied, double gabled green house with two bay windows in the short distance. A wooden church is visible in the distance.

Louisbourg Heritage House

Our second property, the Louisbourg Heritage House, located across the street from the Louisbourg Harbour Inn, is a village landmark built in 1886. It was originally the home of the Cape Breton Archdeacon Thomas Draper, who was integral to championing national recognition for Louisbourg’s fortress ruins. Heritage House was also once the rectory of St. Bartholomew’s church located just behind the house.


Each of Heritage House rooms is named after a prominent historical resident of the Louisbourg area and each features a private balcony.

Meet Our Innkeeper

A  lighthouse peeks out behind the innkeeper, a white middle-aged man with glasses who wears a nautical striped long sleeved shirt smiling.

Parker Bagnell is the innkeeper and owner of the Louisbourg Harbour Inn and the Louisbourg Heritage House.  

Parker was born and raised in Louisbourg. In fact, his family has lived in the area for eight generations, and he grew up in the Louisbourg Harbour Inn. Not only does he know all the nooks and crannies of the inn, but he also knows lots about the history of the town, the Fortress of Louisbourg, and the local fishery. And he’s always happy to share his local knowledge with guests.  

Parker is just one of the many reasons to come and stay with us. We offer a one-of-kind bed and breakfast experience, lots of historic charm, and a welcoming atmosphere.

 Our Mission

Two night stand lamps frame a  four-poster bed with a flowered bedspread and pillows. A bedside mat lays on a shiny hardwood floor beside the bed.

Our aim at both the Louisbourg Harbour Inn and the Louisbourg Heritage House is to provide a comfortable, memorable, and one-of-a-kind accommodation experience and a genuine connection to the Louisbourg community and natural beauty of the area for each of our guests who stays with us.

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