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Lunenburg Highlights

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     Historical, beautiful, colourful, UNESCO world heritage site 

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     Bluenose II is often away from home 

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     Soooo... that's it?!? 

Lunenburg Things to Do

  • Walk the Historic Downtown

    Lunenberg for me was definitely like taking a step back in time. The town has done an exceptional job of keeping the area as true to its early heritage as possible. Clapboard homes with no front setbacks. Many vividly painted and almost all of them very well kept up.While there in many cases no sidewalks walking downtown Lunenberg among the various...

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  • Walk the Upper Town To See the Grand...

    Aside from the clapboard homes of small lots in downtown Lunenberg there are also some fine Victorian homes on the upper streets. They have been well maintained and walking the streets around the Lunenberg Academy and observing their brilliance is definitely an aesthetically pleasing experience. Allow around 15-20 minutes.

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  • Lunenberg Waterfront and Harbor

    It is cold and rainy as we descend into Lunenberg on a Saturday morning. Lunenberg and its harbor has been in existence since the mid 1750's. The second British model town after Halifax. It was developed as an important shipping port between Nova Scotia and Britain. Today the harbor still maintains many of the vestiges of an earlier time. There is...

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  • Walk Around Lunenberg Academy

    Driving into Lunenberg, the Academy is visible for miles around. Sitting on top of what locals call, "Gallows Hill," it commands a majestic appearance.The Lunenberg Academy was built on its current location in 1894 after a fire destroyed the old academy building downtown which was across from the town hall. Wanting more land the owners decided on...

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  • 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...

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  • Lunenburg Town Hall

    The Lunenburg Town Hall construction was finalized in 1892. The three-and-a-half storey, red brick building is surrounded by public park space on the East and West sides of the building.

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Lunenburg Restaurants

  • Seafood and Canadian Traditionals

    Magnolia's Grill is one of many Lunenburg restauarnts serving seafood and other non-seafood meals.Good for a lunch or a dinner.

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  • Indian Mussels

    The Salt Shaker Deli is a small ship selling Indian Point mussels.Business Hours:Mo-Sa: 11AM - 8PMSu: 11AM - 3PM Mussels.

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  • Licensed Cafe

    The Savvy Sailor is a breakfast and lunch cafe at the Lunenburg harbour.Business hours:Mo-Su 7:30AM - 3PM

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  • Pizza!

    Big Red’s was started in 1977 by the Swinemar family of Lunenburg County.The Lunenburg Big Red's is located in the former Jail Building.Business hours:Mo-Th: 9AM - 8PMFr-Sa: 9AM - 9PMSu: 11AM - 8PM Pizza

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  • Historic fish grounds

    The Old Fish Factory Restaurant and Ice House Bar is located in the former Fish Processing Plant, together with the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.On the menu are lobster, scallops, haddock, mussels, oysters and homemade seafood chowder. Non-seafood available and made with the same care to the customer. Business hours:Close in the Winter...

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  • Progress?

    I was surprised to see a Subway restaurant in a UNESCO heritage village.I guess some tourist have their daily favorites independent of what they visit.

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Lunenburg Nightlife

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    BANJO-RAMA

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 19, 2003

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    Your chance to see a live performance by Kim Barlow, Darren Arsenault, Charlie Schomer and Washboard Hank.

    Five bucks, Yee Ha!

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Lunenburg Transportation

  • Going to Lunenburg

    If you want a customised tour to visit famous places outside Halifax (such as Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove etc) which is operational all year around, I would recommend the Tall Tale Tours. They have customised tours from 1 to 6 people to famous places around Halifax and you can contact Mr Robert Young at tel: (902)8309179 or email...

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  • Horse drawn carriage

    One of the best ways to see the sights in the city is by horse drawn carriage. You will get all explanation on this guided tour.

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Lunenburg Shopping

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    Jenny JIB - Lunenburg NS

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 30, 2012

    Jenny JIB is since 2002 located in the former historical Zwicker Variety Building. The Zwickers were one of the founding families of Lunenburg.

    Jenny JIB sells home & garden items, housewares, antiques, jewelry, creative handwork and art from international and local artists, artisans and designers.

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Lunenburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Stone Cold

    Like in Halifax films are shot in Lunenburg too. The smaller streets and lower wooden houses are a great setting if images from yesteryears has to be created.I never realized Lunenburg was used as a film set until somebody send me an email asking:A three day search using Street View ended here at Lunenburg. The particular seen was shot at the...

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  • Peak tourist season

    If you intend to visit Lunenburg during the peak tourist months of July to September, I suggest that you book your accomodation and transport way in advance because Lunenburg is very popular and full of tourists during these months. If you want to avoid tourists, you can come in early spring or late autumn season, but the weather will be colder and...

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Lunenburg Tourist Traps

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    by jquillm1 Written Aug 6, 2006

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    Lunenburg COULD be charming and beautiful, but as a native of the town told us: "You really need to get away from the tourist areas to appreciate Lunenburg." The waterfront area is full of touristy restaurants and gift shops selling maritime bric-a-brac made in China. There are some very nice old houses several blocks away from the waterfront that are worth a quick visit, but you can skip the rest of Lunenburg and just hit the gift shops at the Halifax airport if you want a cheesy gift to take back to the relatives.

    Unique Suggestions: Stay away from the waterfront. Especially, if the Bluenose II is not in port, there is little worth your time there.

    Fun Alternatives: See Peggy's Cove and Mahone Bay and move on through Lunenburg.

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Lunenburg What to Pack

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    by TooTallFinn24 Written Oct 9, 2011

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is cool and rains a lot in Lunenberg. So please pack a raincoat, non-slippery shoes and some warm clothing. The wind can howl off the bay as well. So stay warm!

    Photo Equipment: A bag to make sure your camera stays dry.

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Lunenburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Drive Over To Annapolis Royal: WIP...

    One of the prettiest towns in Nova Scotia is less than a two hour drive away in Annapolis Royal. It is one of my favorite places in Nova Scotia. The drive over coming from Lunenberg and going south is a scenic one and just skirts one of Nova Scotia's national parks. Like Lunenberg, it is compact and easy to walk around in. There are some great...

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  • Keimkujik National Park

    Just an hour or half from Lunenberg lies a really pretty national park that few non Nova Scotians take the time to visit. Keimkujik National Park is located in the southern interior of Nova Scotia. The park contains some lush forests, great hiking trails, creeks and rivers for canoeing and wildlife to view. There is a recently reconstructed visitor...

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  • must see's for this area

    When in or near Lunenburg do be sure to get a few miles out of town to a place called Blue Rocks. It's a very picturesque and beautiful area, photographers dream come true.One can easily see many artists and their eisles purched high above the rocks on a consistent basis. Also take route #332 through places of scenic beauty from Lunenburg such as...

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Lunenburg Favorites

  • LUNENBURG OUTFITTING CO.

    Located at 138 Montague, the LUNENBURG OUTFITTING CO. was started by William Duff and built between 1879 & 1890. The company vessels carried salt, molasses and other imports from the West Indies to Canada. But, their specialty was in outfitting vessels.Lunenburg Outfitting Co. acquired it in 1917. Then in 1943 it became a part of Adams & Knickle...

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  • ADAMS & KNICKLE LTD.

    The bright red buildings of ADAMS & KNICKLE LTD. are a historic part of Lunenburg's waterfront. The company has been a part of the famous port for 115 years (since 1897). In the early years, the company, located at 170 Montague Street, was an exporter of salt fish. Today it fishes for deep-sea scallops.Founded in 1897 by Harry W. Adams and Captain...

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  • ST. JOHN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA

    Located at 81 Cumberland Street, ST. JOHN'S ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA was established in 1753 with its first days beginning in a simple Meeting House structure.After a devastating fire on November 1, 2001, St. John's was literally reduced to ashes and not much was left of it. I looked at the pictures of the burned out shell of the Church and...

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