The building of forts in North America served a due purpose in that they were intended to provide protection for the settlers against any hostile natives and strategic military positions against rival European powers. Quite often the location where forts were built, became the starting point for a town and then a city but in some cases the location was so isolated in an area of such harsh conditions that to this day there are no local inhabitants.
Canada boasts a wide variety of forts representing an impressive spectrum of types and designs. Louisbourg is the largest fort in North America and presents the entire town that was built up around it to the visitor. They all tell another side of the story that is Canada.