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.
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 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