Walk Around Lunenburg

Dating back to 1753, Lunenburg has preserved its old-world appearance, including painted wooden houses and a grid plan that dates back to the 18th century. Locals take great pride retaining and protecting the architectural legacy of the town.   With the challenges facing the Atlantic fishing industry, the town has adapted and now cites tourism as its most important industry.  Guided by a friendly local, discover Atlantic Canada’s fascinating history, buildings and characters through an excellent walking tour.


Length of Trip : You can do Lunenburg in a day, a weekend, or longer. Walking Tours last from 45 minutes to 75 minutes, depending on the tour.

Cost :
Visiting Lunenburg is free. Walking tours with Lunenburg Walking Tours cost $20 a person.

Best time to go : June to September

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
Half the charm is wandering about and seeing what you can discover. If you discover Magonolia’s Grill, The Knot Pub, Fleur de Sel, the Rum Runner, Grand Banker or Old Fish Factory, you would have done just fine!

Official Site :
Lunenburg Town
Lunenburg Walking Tours Reserving ahead is a good idea, especially in summer months.
Great Canadian Trails Halifax to Lunenburg by Rail Trail multi-day cycling trip.

Where to Stay :
Lunenburg has charming inns, B&B’s and hotels for overnight visitors. The Lunenburg Arms Hotel, Smugglers Cove Inn, the Addington Arms B&B, Ashlea House, the Wellshire B&B, Topmast Motel and Atlantic View Motel are good options.

Getting There :
From Halifax, Lunenburg is 92 kms southwest, about 1 hour and 15 minutes by car. Alternatively, consider cycling a protected rail trail from Halifax with Great Canadian Trails.

Note from Robin :
Definitely pay a visit to the Fisheries Museum, which is far more interesting than you’d imagine. The Blue Nose II, immortalized on the back of the Canadian 10c coin, can be visited. The striking Fishermen’s Memorial demonstrates just how dangerous fishing in the Atlantic used to be. For those into history, the Knaught-Rhuland Heritage House reveals the life of early settlers.



Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism




Photo: Scott Munn


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Bike It!

Halifax to Lunenburg by Rail Trail

In the prohibition of the 1920s and 30s, many sailors in Nova Scotia stopped fishing and became international smugglers. Boats would pull into secluded harbours, islands and coves in along the province's South Shore and be easily concealed, while beaches and woods provided many discrete hiding places for liquor. Rumours say many barrels were shipped on the railway along she shore between Halifax and Lunenburg almost 100 years ago and thousands of gallons of alcohol were resold along the eastern seaboard of the US. The rail line no longer exists today, but has been converted to a recreational trail aptly named, the "Rum Runners Trail". Enjoy flat, sheltered cycling from one colourful coastal community to another while your luggage gets moved ahead each day. Sample abundant fresh seafood, chat with friendly locals, and take in the ocean air as you enjoy short rides on your trusty hybrid bicycle each day, with time to relax and enjoy the pretty coves, harbours, and fishing villages along the way. Spend each night in charming B&B's and inns, chosen for their hospitality and ideal locations. The trail is suitable for cyclists of all abilities, but there are also plenty of optional hilly detours for the experienced road warriors who are willing to go the extra mile for the best views.

Running Wednesdays and Thursdays from June through mid-October, this trip includes:

• 4 breakfasts
• 5 nights B&B's and inns with private facilities
• Shared shuttle service to/from trailheads
• Sightseeing stops at Peggy's Cove and Wolfville
• Luggage transfer service
• Quality performance hybrid bicycle rental with helmet, lock, bike bag, and basic repair kit
• Emergency hotlinev • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 package per room)
• GPX tracks and link to online maps and voice navigation for smartphones

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