Whether you’ve lived in the Maritimes all your life or you’re just travelling out east for a weekend holiday, one of the places you must visit during your time here is the historic town of Lunenburg. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 for it’s cultural preservation of Nova Scotian history and architecture, there’s a ton to do and see in Lunenburg that everyone should try.
We’ve put together a list of awesome activities going on in this coastal town that you need to check out any time of the year in order to get the best possible impression of this historic spot. And who knows - maybe you'll never want to leave!
St. John’s Anglican Church
Since 1753 this Canadian landmark has been an inclusive place of worship that invites tourists and religious folks from all over the world to visit and observe the incredible Gothic architecture that makes up this unique National Historic Site.
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
For the ultimate Lunenburg waterfront experience check out the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Take part in hands-on activities, observe their massive aquarium, watch informative sailing films, interact with historic boats, and more when the museum reopens this spring!
This replica of the historic Bluenose Schooner was completed over the past summer, and recently began accepting applications for deckhands, meaning it will be open for visitors in 2017! Check out this true-to-life recreation of the legendary yacht that became Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador in 1971 and can be found on the back of our Canadian dime.
Founded in 2009, this all-purpose distillery uses only locally sourced produce to ferment their delicious liqueurs and wine. Residing in a historic building that was formerly a blacksmith shop, you must tour this unique facility next time you road trip out to Lunenburg!
If you’re looking for something more active to try on your next visit to Lunenburg, head out for a hike through nearby Indian Falls Municipal Park, and check out the region's beautiful waterfalls, rock beaches and look off points.
Laurie Swim Gallery
For a chance to check out some awesome local art and honour the one-hundredth anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, visit the Laurie Swim Gallery on Lincoln Street, and take in the massive community art project called Hope and Survival she will be completing this year.
Located in the Lunenburg Municipal District, you must visit this charming coastal community for a chance to see how real Nova Scotian fishing communities operate. Only a six-minute drive from the town of Lunenburg, you have to check out this picturesque village next time you’re in the area!
Built between 1793 and 1794, this two-and-a-half storey wooden structure acts as a museum to show visitors what living in the town of Lunenburg was like over two hundred years ago. A true time capsule of New England Colonial architectural style, the Georgian layout of this historic property makes it an intriguing spot to visit for design buffs.
Primarily a fishing port, the incredible view and vast fleet of ships docked at this historic Canadian harbour makes it a spot you must visit on your next visit to Lunenburg. Take a walk along the water and tour some of the historic tall ships anchored here.
Glimpses Theatre Troupe
Catch a musical show from this summer troupe at the Fisheries Museum Auditorium next time you’re in Lunenburg. Currently entering its 8th season, “Glimpses” is an attraction that has been seen by visitors from all over the world, and tells the story of historical events that lead to the town's creation.
Hit the ocean with Lunenburg Ocean Adventures aboard the Islander V1, a 42ft Provincial Fibreglass boat that will take you out for chartered fishing trips, scuba diving adventures, shark charters and boat tours of the harbour!
Rum Runner Restaurant & Lounge
If you’re looking for some delicious, authentic maritime seafood, you have to check out Rum Runners Restaurant and Lounge on Montague Street. Stop by for a beer and some pan fried haddock to fuel up for a busy day of sightseeing next time you’re in town.
Atlantic View Motel & Cottages
Stay overnight at the Atlantic View Motel and Cottages on your next visit to Lunenburg for a genuine Canadian experience, and take advantage of their convenient access to a scenic shoreline, awesome bike routes and a nearby golf course.
Based on the design of the original Academy that burned down in 1893, Saint John architect H.H Mott rebuilt this provincial landmark the following year, which now stands as the only intact 19th century academy building surviving in Nova Scotia. Take in the unique structure atop Gallows Hill on your next trip to the beautiful town of Lunenburg.