Lunenburg Stray-Away



Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. It's easy to find photogenic scenes in this town. But the best spot for a memorable photo is the view of the world-famous waterfront from the Bluenose Golf Club across the harbour.


The must-dos in this historic town include a visit to the Ironworks Distillery or pick up a good read at one of three great bookstores on Montague St. Explore our maritime heritage at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic or browse the Knaut-Rhuland House. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour with the knowledgeable folks at Trot in Time (everyone's favourite way to relax) for a good “yarn" and the inside scoop on many of the town's most storied homes.


Get a dramatic eyeful (and some stunning photographs) of the grand Lunenburg Academy — “the castle on the hill” — or sign up for a workshop at the Lunenburg School of the Arts. Take in exceptional musical performances organized by LAMP or Musique Royale at various venues around town. The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival thrills crowds every August and the Lunenburg Doc Fest fills seats in September. Be sure to check out the list of events for the dates you are visiting.


A visit to Lunenburg would not be complete without a tour of the legendary Bluenose II, a schooner-extraordinaire (turns on a dime; is on a dime!) with an illustrious history. You can even take a trip out into the harbour on her and experience what it feels like to sail on the Queen of the North Atlantic. 


As if that isn’t enough, it’s just a short drive to nearby Blue Rocks and Stonehurst for quintessential Nova Scotia vistas and world-class kayaking with Pleasant Paddling. There's a lovely little store called the Point General that sells ice-cream, snacks, and local crafts.


Finally, head for Second Peninsula and end your day relaxing at Bachman’s Beach with a sunset paddle, picnic or bonfire.