Drive less than 100 km from the capital city of Nova Scotia, Halifax, and you can find yourself exploring the charming beauty of Lunenburg. This gorgeous World Heritage Site has architectural and waterfront scenes that looks like they are straight out of a magazine. The Instagrammable moments are endless.
From mid-May to mid-October you can visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to learn about the fishing heritage of the Atlantic coast of Canada. Take an educational guided tour and go aboard a display vessel, then catch a film in the Ice House Theater. You can even meet a retired fisherman and hear about adventurous stories of life at sea. The museum is very interactive and exciting and definitely worth a visit while in Lunenburg.
Walking around the old town waterfront streets of Lunenburg you are bound to fall in love with the colorful exteriors of the old Victorian and 18th century houses. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a peak inside? At Knaut-Rhuland House Museum you can see inside the 18th-century house, built in the British classicism style, to admire the restored interior that is steeped in fascinating history. In June, July and August admission is free. You can also pop into restaurants, churches, arts and crafts shops, breweries and coffee shops.
The pace of life in Lunenburg is leisurely and relaxing. Everyone is so friendly and has time for a chat about where you are going or where you have been. The local hospitality is warm and inviting.
A popular spot on the tourist map is the Ironworks Distillery. Raw ingredients sourced from Nova Scotia are used to make rum, vodka, gin and liqueurs. Indulge in a taste during the tour and take a bottle home too. The name of the tourist attraction is due to the fact the building was previously a marine blacksmith’s shop that made ironworks for the shipbuilding industry.
Trying the local seafood is a must as it’s so fresh and many dishes are prepared with secret family recipes by the locals. For foodies this place is often described as heaven on a plate with scallops, lobsters and fish abundant and prepared perfectly. You might need a few days here just to sample all the local dishes. Don’t worry about walking off the calories from your fabulous feast. You can wander the streets admiring the immaculate homes and historical buildings that are artfully painted in all the colors of the rainbow.
As the sun sets on another wonderful day you might like to sample some more local rum and maybe board Canada’s oldest Saltbank schooner for a cruise to see the bright and colorful buildings from a new angle. There’s something irresistibly romantic about sailing under the stars and enjoying the smell of the sea salt as the boat gently rocks along the coastline. And you might have a few new seagull friends by the end of the journey.
This small town hosts a lot of cool festivals. If you love festival hopping you might consider planning a trip to Lunenburg to coincide with an annual event. The Boxwood Festival features talented performers of all kinds of traditional music. The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival is another not-to-be-missed every August. With a strong emphasis on traditional and contemporary folk music, it is a upbeat and fun festival with some blues, indie and rock music on show too.
Lunenburg is one of the most photogenic towns in Nova Scotia. There is a postcard moment around every corner with friendly locals who love sharing the stories of the history of the town of Lunenburg. Its a place you will feel right at home and want to return to again and again.