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Lunenburg

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For other places with the same name, see Lunenburg (disambiguation).

Lunenburg [1] is a small fishing town in Nova Scotia, Canada, first established in 1753. The Old Town of Lunenburg was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List [2] in 1995.

Get in

By car

From Halifax, get on Highway 102 North (Bayers Rd.), then take Exit 1A toward Highway 3/Highway 333/Peggy's Cove/South Shore/Yarmouth. Merge onto Highway 103 West, then get off at Exit 11 (Highway 324.) Turn left on the 324 (Cornwall Rd.) for Lunenburg. For a longer, more scenic drive, take the Lighthouse Route (Highway 3), which goes along the coast and directly through Lunenburg.

From Yarmouth, take Highway 103 E to Exit 11.

By bus

Trius Tours [3] operated a daily bus service between the Halifax Via Rail station (6040 Almon St.) and Mike's Kwik-Way in Lunenburg, but it was discontinued in February 2013.

Get around

There is no public transportation in Lunenburg, but it is small enough to be explored on foot. Trot in Time, located outside the Fisheries Museum, gives tours of the town in horse-drawn buggies from May to October. Lunenburg Town Walking Tours run by local historian, Eric Croft, provide a look at the town's history as you walk through it.

See

  • The Bluenose II [4], a replica of the original Bluenose featured on the flipside of Canadian dimes, spends much of the season in Lunenburg, where she was built. When she's in port 2 hour morning and afternoon cruises are available.
  • The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic [5] commemorates Atlantic Canada's fishing tradition with exhibits that include the schooner Theresa E. Connor, an aquarium featuring native species, a working boat building shop, and the steel-hulled side trawler Cape Sable. Guided tours are available in the summer season.
  • Lunenburg Academy [6] Built 1894-95, Lunenburg Academy has been designated a Provincial Heritage Property
  • Sophie McLachlan's grave, Kaulbach Street. In 1879, a 14 year old girl named Sophie McLachlan was accused of stealing $10 from her employer. This was a significant amount of money at the time. Everyone, including Sophie's own mother believed her accuser. Sophie suffered from increasingly debilitating bouts of anxiety. She always maintained her innocence, and at the end managed to write a letter citing Biblical passages relating to unjust persecution and forgiveness, and stating that she did forgive her accusers. Officially, she died of "a paralyzed heart brought on by extreme agitation and peculiar circumstances" A few months later, due to public interest and the high profile nature of her death, the son of her accusing employer confessed to the theft. Her grave now lies in a pleasant cemetery next to the Lunenburg Academy. There is a marker telling her story along with a wrought iron heart being pulled in two by the chains attaching it to the short fence surrounding her plot.

Do

  • emOcean, 296 Lincoln Street, 902-640-8484, [7]. A fully integrated Health and Wellness spa nestled in old town Lunenburg. Specializing in overnight getaways - emOcean will take care of all the details.
  • Pleasant Paddling (Sea Kayaking in Lunenburg), 186 Bluenose Dr, 902 541-9233, [8]. Pleasant Paddling offers sea kayak rentals, lessons and guided tours. The office is on the railway wharf but their guided tours depart from the Front Harbour, Back Harbour and Blue Rocks. No experience necessary.

Buy

Eat

  • Wheelhouse Motel & Dining Room [9] Toll Free : 1-877-997-9972, Located in the picturesque town of Lunenburg, the Wheelhouse Motel features eighteen comfortable, drive up units, all with private four piece bath, clock radio, fans, colour cable TV and wireless internet.
  • Magnolia's Grill, 128 Montague Street, 902/634-3287. Magnolia's Grill is a small (about 20 seats) restaurant with an old world look, a small bar/waiting area and the restaurant itself. The menu is small with a daily changing list of specials; including fish, seafood, vegetarian and other delights. Less than $30 for 2 people not including drinks. This is a busy little restaurant, so get there early and put your name on the waiting list.
  • The Knot Pub, 4 Dufferin Street, +1 902 634 3334, [10].


Drink

  • Ironworks Distillery, The Blacksmith's Shop, 2 Kempt Street, +1 902 640 2424, [11]. This is the first micro-distillery in Nova Scotia. It is housed in an old foundry a few blocks from the harbor. They make a variety of spirits, which you can sample for free. Also has a pretty awesome still with windows so you can watch the distilling process.


Sleep

  • Bluenose Lodge:Victorian Inn & Suites c.[12] Tastefully restored Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn (circa 1863.) 1 800- 565-8851

The Bed & Breakfast Inn was originally built as a single family dwelling for prominent sea merchant/builders by the name of Morash & Eisnor. In 1946, the home was converted to a lodge and has been enjoyed by the public ever since. All rates include breakfast. Smoke free, no pets.

  • Kip & Kaboodle[13] the Nova Scotia's Backpacker's Hostel is located 7 km from Lunenburg and 3 km from Mahone Bay. It's a small, friendly and inexpensive hostel run by a very nice couple, and an awfully sweet cat. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, nearby hiking trails and shuttle service to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg.
  • Lennox Inn, 69 Fox Street, +1 888 379-7605, [14]. B&B dating from 1791. Claims to be Canada's oldest inn.
  • Boscawen Inn, [15] 150 Cumberland St. This Victorian mansion was built in 1888 by Senator H.A.N. Kaulbach, one of the most influential figures in Lunenburg's history. The Boscawen Inn has seventeen rooms, located on three levels. Additionally it offers conference and banquet facilities.
  • 1880 Kaulbach House (Kaulbach Inn), 75 Pelham St, +1 800 568-8818, [16]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. David and Jenny Hook recently moved to Lunenburg from Derbyshire, England to manage this bed and breakfast inside the historic Kaulbach home. The rooms are all well appointed with private baths. Each room has a TV and DVD player; there is a small selection of DVDs available in the parlor. A three course breakfast is included, served promptly at 8:30AM and is set to classical music. Be sure to sign the guest book when you leave. $100-170.

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