A lovely view of Lunenburg
I have traveled far around the world seeking out various UNESCO World Heritage sites and yet I often forget and under appreciate the one that I live just 20 minutes down the road from. Designated UNESCO status in 1995 Lunenburg is a small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia with colourful streets steeped in German and maritime history.
Lunenburg is a popular stop on the tourist trail in Nova Scotia and for good reason with many different things to see, do and of course eat. Here are some of my best tips of things to see and do in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
The Bluenose II docked in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The Bluenose II on the Canadian dime
Take a tour onboard and/or set sail on the iconic Bluenose II
The original Bluenose was once the fasting racing fishing schooner in the world and a popular icon of Canada, so much so that it appears on our ten cent piece, the dime. Over the past couple of years the boat has been going through a HUGE restoration project and hasn’t always been available to be seen or to sail but if you are lucky, all will be fixed soon. Keep your fingers crossed and you too can enjoy this beautiful ship.
Take a deep sea fishing tour or go whale watching
The summer months in Lunenburg are of the course the high tourism season and is also when it is the best time to visit. There are many daily tours available to go deep sea fishing, whale watching and more. Near the main wharf there is a small red barn with ticket offices for the various tours that you can book. These are great ways to get out on the ocean especially if the Bluenose isn’t available. Also remember that whale sightings are not guaranteed.
Petting a lobster at the tidal touch tank in the museum
Making friends with Captain Seymour Fogg at the museum
Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
The huge iconic red building that sits on the Lunenburg waterfront is the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and is a great place to learn about Lunenburg and Nova Scotian History. Here you can learn about Rum Runners, see gorgeous pieces of art, learn about tons of different boats and the history of them and fishing in the area, there are sealife touch tanks and so much more.
The historic St. John’s Anglican Church
A glimpse of the town’s colourful streets
Explore the town’s historic and colourful streets
Either take a walking tour or explore on your own and enjoy the historic and colourful streets of Lunenburg. Learn about its UNESCO status and see it’s picturesque buildings, churches and views. You might even be surprised to find some familiar places as Lunenburg is also quite often home to filming locations for various TV shows and films including Haven, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and more.
Go Shopping for Souvenirs and More
Lunenburg is full of wonderful nautical themed souvenirs to take home for yourself or friends and family. It is also full of great boutiques and stores to go shop for unique hand crafted art, clothes and more. When you visit Lunenburg definitely bring your wallet to buy some of these wonderful items.
My number one pick for dining in Lunenburg, the Salt Shaker Deli
A delicious lobster roll sandwich at the Salt Shaker Deli
Eat ALL of the seafood
Nova Scotia is a peninsula sticking out into the Atlantic Ocean and because of that we mean business when it comes to seafood. From scallops to haddock to the best lobster in the world we have it all. It is almost impossible to visit Lunenburg and not stop by one of the many restaurants for a lobster roll, a seafood chowder or some other kind of delicious seafood dish.
To learn more about Lunenburg watch my video tour of Lunenburg below or visit Tourism Nova Scotia‘s site.