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
The main reason why Lunenburg is an UNESCO world heritage site is because of the many beautiful and colourful historical houses which should be preserved for future generations. Look out for the distinctive "Lunenburg Bump", a five-sided dormer window on the 2nd floor that overhangs the 1st floor of some of the houses. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
In order to have a fantastic view of Lunenburg town and harbour, drive up the golf course on the opposite side of the town on a gentle hill. Once you reach the top, the view there is simply fantastic. More photos are the the travelogue section of this VT page.
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!
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.
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).
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.
The museum is located along Bluenose Drive and opens from May to late Oct (9.30am to 5.30pm). Staff will give explanations of the fishing industry and an aquarium on the first floor let you have a veiw of flounder, halibut and other native fishes.
I was not lucky to see the sailboat "Bluenose II" in Halifax's harbour, but to my surprise, she swayed softly on the waves of Lunenburg's harbour. Apparently, the ship travels regularly between these harbours.
What is it about? The "Bluenose II" is a reconstruction of the famous "Bluenose I" (who would have thought that???), the ship that is seen on the dime coin. She was built in 1921 and became famous because she constantly won races against her US competitors. in 1942, she was sold to the Caribbean and sank soon after. The reconstruction was built in 1963 and is nowadays nearly as famous as the original.
The Bluenose II is a replica of the famous Bluenose, which was a racing schooner that won many races during the ealry part of the 20th century. This schooner was built in Lunenburg and sometimes it is in Lunenburg while other times it is in Halifax. This is a must because it is one of Canada's most famous boat.
The Lunenburg Academy is a huge building which is clearly visible when you enter the town of Lunenburg. Situated on top of the hilly slopes of Lunenburg, this place is built entire of wood in 1895 and it is actually a public school. However from the beautiful architecture, it is hard to imagine it is as such.
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.
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.
There is a fishermen's memorial along Bluenose Drive which is the waterfront street of the Lunenburg Harbour. This memorial to commemorate the fishermen which were lost while at sea and it is located just across the Bluenose II Company Store and is worth a visit.
Because Lunenburg is mainly of German origin, a piece of the actual Berlin Wall in Germany was actually shipped to Lunenburg and placed there as a gift and symbolisation of the German culture here. I managed to take a photograph of this wall with me and my guide, Robert next to it :)