St Johns Anglican Church
The striking Carpenter Gothic architecture of St Johns first hits you like a bullet as you walk by. However its charming exterior is made more impressive when you consider that it is Canada's second oldest Protestant Church. From the distance the church appears to be constructed of stone but up close it is clear that the primary exterior is finished wood.
The church was first used as a meeting hall in 1754 and over the years has evolved and additions have added to the many functions it serves. In 1994 the church was designated as a National Historic Site. In November of 2001 a fire destroyed a majority of the church. It was painstakingly rebuilt and now maintains the elegance of earlier years.
The Knaut-Rhuland House Museum
The Knaut-Rhuland House Museum is located in the former house of Benjamin Knaut, a merchant and sheriff of Lunenburg.The condtruction of the house was finished in 1794.
The house has been designated a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada due to its historical importance. It has also been designated a Registered Heritage Property by the province of Nova Scotia and a Municipal Heritage Property by the Town of Lunenburg.
Nowadays the museum displays the artifacts, style and garden of the time of the Lunenburg settlers.
The museum is open in the Summer season Ma-Sa: 11AM - 5PM..
Admission fee: CAD 2.00 (adult).
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Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
This Museum commemorates the fishing heritage of the Atlantic Coast of Canada. Housed in brightly painted red buildings, with floating vessels at wharfside, the Museum offers a host of attractions and nautical Gift Shop.
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VISIT THE FISHERIES MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC
Located on Lunenburg's Historic Harborfront at 68 Bluenose Drive, the FISHERIES MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC is a must see. Housed in the buildings of a former fish processing plant, the Museum celebrates the rich fishing heritage of the Atlantic Coast.
The First Floor has the Gift Shop and features an Aquarium which has a wide array of North American species, The Lobster Lore Area, Hall of Inshore Fisheries - fishing gear, Whaling & Whales Exhibit.
The Second Floor features the Ship Model Shop, Vessel Gallery Exhibit featuring the famous schooner Bluenose, Lunenburg Fishermen Memorial room - dedicated to fishermen lost at sea from the port of Lunenburg. The Old Fish Factory Restaurant is also on the second floor,
The Third Floor includes various exhibits including "Life in Fishermen Communities " and a Theatre with daily showings.
Also as part of admission price ($10.00 Adult) you have access to the Wharf. You can board the Theresa E. Connor and Cape Sable
VISIT THE KNAUT-RHULAND HOUSE MUSEUM
One of the town's oldest buildings, the KNAUT-RHULAND HOUSE MUSEUMlets one see how life was 200 years ago. With its hand-blown window panes, large fireplaces (seven) and well-worn stairs, all give you a glimpse of how this house appeared over 2 centuries ago.
Open June 7 to August 31
Monday to Saturday 11:00 s.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Daily Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Walking around Old Town Lunenburg
A quick look at Lunenburg and you will immediately understand why it has made it on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is quite evident that extra special care has been taken to preserve the harmony and beauty of its unique maritime architecture. Many of the Old Town's heritage homes have now been turned into restaurants or souvenir shops (some good, some bad), but it doesn't take away the essence of the place. The Old Town area is not that big and it is quite easy to walk up and down the streets, snapping pictures here and there. So put on your walking shoes and enjoy!
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We went on the Bluenose II in September and saw no whales. I don't know if that was because whales are scarcer (is that a word?) in September or if that was because no whales go where the Bluenose typically sails.
You realize that getting sailing tickets to the Bluenose is somewhat difficult. They presell most of the tickets, and have a few (maybe 25 or 40) "rush seats" (no one actually gets a seat) each day. We had to stand in line for 2 hours (made sure we were in the first 25) to go sailing the day we went.
St. John's Church
Located in upper Lunenburg, this church is in my opinion the most beautiful of the town. Shining bright white, it really looks divine in the middle of the square. But St. John's suffered a terrible tragedy not long ago: On November 1st, 2001, the church burned down almost completely and had to be rebuilt in a long process from 2002 to 2005.
The original church was founded in 1753 and thereby is Canada's second oldest Anglican church. It's built in Carpenter Gothic style where typical stone features are made from wood.
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Best discovered during a walk through the steep streets of Lunenburg, the town's architecture is what made it earn its UNESCO world heritage site status. The centre of Lunenburg is a close to complete ensemble of 18th century wooden houses. To learn more about them, you should grab a free map of the local board of trade first. It provides you with an overview about the most important sights and also marks with a little dot every heritage property. Then, start walking and enjoy the views.
St. John's Anglican Church
There are many buildings worth seeing in Lunenburg but perhaps none as impressive as St. John's Anglican Church. When Lunenburg was founded in 1753, services were first held in the open air on this site. 500 pounds were donated for the building of a church, and a church frame was brought to Lunenburg from Boston (the frame could have been the old King's Chapel in Boston) and the church was completed in 1763. Several alterations were made throughout the years: it's been moved a bit, made bigger, suffered damage from fires... but through it all it has retained it's beautiful gothic architecture and gorgeous woodworks.
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Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Until tourism became a major industry, the town of Lunenburg had always relied on fishing, ship building and ocean-based commerce to sustain its economy. Today, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic pays tribute to the sea-related activities that have helped shape Lunenburg. To be quite honest, I didn't find the museum all that entertaining BUT it does include a visit of two real-life fishing boats, the Cape Sable and the Theresa E. Connor, which allows you to get a very clear and vivid picture of what life must be like on the sea since you have access to all the rooms on board, from the kitchen to the dormitories.
Of course, another popular attraction in Lunenburg is Canada's most famous schooner, Bluenose II. It is operated by the museum and if it happens to be in Lunenburg, you'll be able to go on board but as this ship is in great demand, make sure to check the schedule beforehand to find out if it's in Lunenburg or not (http://museum.gov.ns.ca/bluenose/sailing-schedule.html).
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Look at a Canadian dime now look at the real thing
The Canadian dime has the Bluenose schooner on one side. The original Bluenose sank off of Haiti in 1946. But they built the Bluenose II off the same blueprints and that is what is docked at Lunenburg (sometimes). Check the website to see its schedule. Sometimes it's out sailing around and sometimes it is docked elsewhere. A true Canadian icon.
The Bluenose II
The Bluenose II is an exact replica of the original that sank off the coast of Haitti. There is a museum just by the docks where all of the profits support the Bluenose and the dying art of the sailor. The Bluenose II is available to sail upon when it's docked. She is not always in port so definitely call in advance to see if she'll be there when you are. 40 spots are available for advance reservation and the remaining 35 are available on a first come first served basis 90-minutes before departure.
Beside Lunenburg is a major tourist attraction of Nova Scotia and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are many informative signboards which will guide you through the town and explain to you the history, culture and architecture of this lovely town.
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Bluenose II Company Store
There is a Bluenose II Company Store conveniently located at Bluenose Drive which sells various souvenirs of Lunenburg and Bluenose II (see my VT tip). The buidling itself is painted bright yellow and is very impressive.
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