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Things to do in Lunenburg
1. Lunenburg Walking TourThis is at the top of my Lunenburg ns things to-do list! I don’t often nominate a walking tour as a must-do but my gosh – don’t miss the Travel Lunenburg Walking Tour! This is one of the most entertaining walking tours I have ever done – and there is the most fantastic revelation at the end regarding its owner – which I am not going to ruin for you! Not only will you see everything from the first house in Lunenburg to the church rebuilt by the townspeople to how towns settled by the Germans are so different to those by the English – you will just be spellbound by the engaging and fascinating tone and passion of the guides. This was the first thing I did in Lunenburg and I was in love with this little town (even in dreadful weather!) by about 30 minutes in. This is one of the most entertaining tours you will ever do – I promise! – and the passion for lovely Lunenburg is so infectious. And this is one of the best ways to find out about Lunenburg Hidden Gems. The owners of the Lunenburg Walking Tour also produce a fantastic free Lunenburg Guide that I highly recommend you download. I like to download these kinds of guides onto my iphone and put them in the bookshelf/library section.
2. See the View from across Lunenburg Harbour at SunsetThe best shot of the red wooden houses on the water in general and at sunset is said to be from the Bluenose Golf Course on the other side of the harbour. You’ll need a car or be in the mood for a decent walk.
3. Go Instagram madLunenburg is one of only two Urban UNESCO sites in North America. All 48 blocks became part of UNESCO in 1995. Every block in Lunenburg is colourful and quirky. Each house is its own carefully chosen colour – from pastels to brights. The harbour is gorgeous with colourful wooden buildings. Even the street signs are super cute with different fish! Much of the unique and quirky look of Luneburg architecture is thanks to the fact that so many ship builders lived in Lunenburg and applied their skills to homes.
4. Visit Ironworks DistilleryIt is not often you find a distillery in the middle of a cute town’s downtown! Ironworks Distillery is located in a historic building where they handcraft their brews using local ingredients. They run tours and will happily take you downstairs and show you their barrels and process. Their dark rum is very well known. Make sure you try their amazing berry liqueurs! And don’t leave without having someone tell you the fantastic story of their well-named Shipwreck Rum! This was my favourite of the alcohol-related things to do in Lunenburg ns! And if you’re travelling in colder weather this can still be on your list of things to do in Lunenburg in winter as it is all indoors.
⇒ Another great place to get a unique drink in Nova Scotia is the fantastic area of Wolfville – Check out my Wolfville Wineries Post.
5. Grab a great coffeeNo 9 coffee bar, the Bicycle Lunchbox and Kate’s Sweet Indulgence Cafe are three of the best spots to get a good flat white in Lunenburg. I particularly liked The Shop on the Corner which also sells some fab things.
6. Eat Loads of SeafoodThe Grand Banker, Salt Shaker Deli, South Shore Fish Shack, The Half Shell, the Savvy Sailor, the Dockside Restaurant and the Old Fish Factory Restaurant. There are a lot of seafood restaurants in Lunenburg given its size and the standard is very high! Make it a priority to have local seafood at least twice a day when you visit! This is one of the best things to do in Lunenburg Nova Scotia.
7. Visit the Famers MarketThe Lunenburg Farmers Market has been running every Thursday for 30 years! It runs from 8am-12 on the South Shore in the Lunenberg Community Centre. Don’t miss the buffalo cheese and cranberries.
8. Walk along the Lunenburg WaterfrontCheck out the replica of the Queen of the North Atlantic Bluenose II. If she is in port she will be near the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. You can also see her on the Canadian 10 cent coin! She was a fishing and racing legend until the original was lost at sea off the coast of Haiti in 1946. There are many colourful buildings and tasty places to stop.
9. Go Whale WatchingWhale Watching season is May through October. Tours are run through Lunenburg Whale Watching and run daily for three hours. This is one of the top things to do in Lunenburg Nova Scotia in summer.
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10. Get Out on the WaterGo boating, sailing or fishing with Star Charters or Lunenburg Ocean Adventures. Or head out on a kayak with Pleasant Paddling.
⇒ If you like being on the water don’t miss the number one tour in Nova Scotia – Harbour Hopper Halifax.
11. Check out the Local Art SceneThe seafront vistas and lovely streets of Lunenburg have long attracted artists. Today there is still the Lunenburg School of the Arts and the NSCAD University Residency Program. There are loads of galleries and shops featuring artworks. Check out Cranston Gallery, local artists at the Quartet Gallery and the Laurie Swim Gallery.
12. Hike/walk/bike the trails around LunenburgLunenburg also has over 90km of trails available for cycling, walking, running or hiking. Try the Back Harbour Trail, Gaff Point or if you’re feeling more ambitious the 10km Bay to Bay Trail. For more detail visit the Lunenburg Region website.
13. Visit St John’s Anglican ChurchI am not normally that into visiting churches unless they have an element that is particularly unique or different. This is one of those churches. It is a very attractive building inside and out and a Canadian National Historic Site. It is also recognised as one of the best examples of Carpenter Gothic Architecture. However, the real attraction here is the story of St John’s and its place in the community. All of Lunenburg was shocked and devastated when this beautiful church burnt to the ground in 2001. The story of how the community worked together to preserve the church and then re-built it is very moving. This story is best heard on the Lunenburg Walking Tour.
Things to do around Lunenburg
14. Blue Rocks Nova ScotiaDon’t miss Blue Rocks Lunenburg – particularly if you are a photographer or artist. It was one of my favourite Lunenburg Nova Scotia things to do. It is ridiculously picturesque. And still a working fishing village! Blue Rocks is a little cove with old boats and cabins that looks like it was designed for a Hollywood film. It is lovely to explore and about a 6-minute drive from Lunenburg.
15. Peggy’s CovePeggy’s Cove is the home of Peggy’s Point Lighthouse – often referred to as the most famous lighthouse in all of Canada – and Canada has a lot of lighthouses! Peggy’s Point Lighthouse has been sending out its beacon since 1868. When it comes to what to do in Lunenburg Nova Scotia and the surrounding area this should be at the top of your list! It is obviously a very popular tourist spot. What surprised me was that given how popular it is the town of Peggy’s Cove and the lighthouse itself are still extremely beautiful – and not in a Venice style grown-up storybook way. In that genuinely lovely way that Blue Rocks is – a good job has been done keeping it from turning too Hollywood!
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The 3 Best Tours in OttawaGetting to Peggy’s Cove If you have hired a car (this is what I did) the road is incredibly well signed. Drive through Peggy’s Cove to get to the general store/restaurant where you can park and then walk to the lighthouse. It is perhaps a five minute walk from the top of the car park. There are isn’t much more to see than the lighthouse – and some lovely views out to sea. If you’re into photography I would aim to get there late afternoon for some lovely light. There are lots of different angles to play with and a few short walks around. I didn’t eat at the general store/restaurant but it looked pretty good! The other option is to visit Peggy’s Cove in a day trip from Halifax.