Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Postcard-perfect ship-building village

  • 400 colourfully-painted and preserved homes
  • 250-years-old and still pretty as a picture
  • 01 dime-sized racing schooner

Explore a vibrant fishing settlement, step aboard a record-breaking schooner, and meet some Maritime neighbors─all in Old Town Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Step under the snapping sails of the legendary Bluenose II, once the world's fastest fishing schooner and now commemorated on the Canadian dime. Smell the salt air of the harbour as you sail past bright red, blue and yellow homes on shore. Help haul lobster traps onto the deck of a real fishing boat, or watch the horizon for humpback whales.

On shore, watch a blacksmith finish a barrel hoop in a waterfront studio. Stretch your legs on a heritage stroll of steep streets, or relax in a horsebuggy while a Belgian draft horse does all the work. Jump into a ceilidh (“kay-lee”) dance or settle back for a Maritime tall tale. Share the day's snaphots with new friends and marvel at the vividness of the village colours.

Why you should visit
  • Wander Old Town Lunenburg ─ an 18th century village of colourfully-painted buildings so well-preserved that UNESCO designated the entire community a World Heritage Site.
  • Step aboard the legendary tall ship Bluenose II.
  • Catch lobster aboard a 42' fishing vessel, then learn from a Maritimer how to steam and crack into it.
  • Listen to a humpback whale break surface and blow.
  • Sip blueberry-and-currant wine from an award-winning local winery.
  • Dance a jig at the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Lunenburg is open year round.
  • Mingle with the locals on First Saturdays in February, March, and April.
  • July and August are festival season featuring the Boxwood Music Festival, the Festival of Crafts, Folk Harbour Festival, and the Annual Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival.
Need to know
  • If you're keen to see the Bluenose II, check the ship's touring schedule to make sure it is in port.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and take care when walking Lunenburg's steep streets.
  • Tour the village by horse buggy or from the deck of a harbour vessel if you have difficulty with hills.
Getting Here
  • Lunenburg is a 1-hour drive from Halifax on Nova Scotia's south shore.
  • Greyhound offers bus service between Halifax and Lunenburg.
  • Several shuttle services offer daily passage between Halifax and Lunenburg.
  • Taxis are available to and from the area.