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    VISIT THE FISHERIES MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC

    by LoriPori Updated Sep 28, 2012

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    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

    Address: 68 Bluenose Drive

    Phone: 902-634-4794

    Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic Replica of the Bluenose

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    VISIT THE KNAUT-RHULAND HOUSE MUSEUM

    by LoriPori Updated Sep 27, 2012

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    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.
    September
    Daily Noon to 4:00 p.m.
    Free Admission

    Address: 125 Pelham Street Lunenburg

    Phone: 902-634-3498

    Website: http://www.lunenburgheritagesociety.ca

    Knaut-Rhuland House Museum

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    Historical & colourful houses

    by victorwkf Written Jan 3, 2006

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    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.

    Beautiful & colourful houses at Lunenburg
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    Fantastic view of the town and harbour

    by victorwkf Written Jan 3, 2006

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    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.

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    Walking around Old Town Lunenburg

    by Jefie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

    Directions: Old Town Lunenburg

    Phone: 902-634-8100

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    Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

    by Jefie Written Sep 10, 2006

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    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).

    Address: 68 Bluenose Drive

    Directions: Old Town Lunenburg, on the waterfront

    Phone: 902-634-4794

    Website: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/fma

    Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic I had to take that picture! Kevin and Alex on board the Cape Sable Imagining life on a fishing boat
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    St. John's Anglican Church

    by Jefie Written Sep 10, 2006

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    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.

    Address: 81 Cumberland Street

    Directions: Old Town Lunemburg

    Phone: 902-634-4994

    Website: http://www.stjohnslunenburg.org/

    St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg NS The rich woodwork inside the church
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    Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

    by victorwkf Written Jan 30, 2006

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    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.

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    Bluenose II

    by victorwkf Written Jan 3, 2006

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    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.

    Website: http://www.tourcanada.com/bluenose.htm

    Bluenose II, Nova Scotia Bluenose II wrapped up in white, Lunenburg
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    Bluenose II

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 8, 2014

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    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.
    You might wonder what's so special about this ship. Well, the "Bluenose II" is a reconstruction of the famous "Bluenose I" (who would have thought that?), the ship that can be seen on the Canadian dime coin. It was built in 1921 and soon became famous because it always won races against its US competitors. in 1942, the ship was sold to somebody in the Caribbean and sank shortly after. "Bluenose II" was built in 1963 and is nowadays nearly as famous as the original.

    Directions: Lunenburg / Halifax harbour

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    Walk the Upper Town To See the Grand Homes

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jul 11, 2013

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    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.

    Directions: Coming into town on Lincoln Street, turn left on Cornwallis. Go up to York Street, near the Lunenberg Academy and park on the street. The big homes are around York, Lawrence, King, Cornwallis and adjacent streets.

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    Lunenburg Academy

    by victorwkf Written Jan 30, 2006

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    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.

    Lunenburg Academy, Nova Scotia
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    Informative signboards

    by victorwkf Written Jan 30, 2006

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    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.

    Signboards at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
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    Lunenburg architecture

    by King_Golo Written Nov 11, 2007

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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.

    Directions: everywhere in central Lunenburg

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    Burnt but unbowed.

    by planxty Written Oct 3, 2014

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    During our time in Lunenburg we passed several fine looking churches, all in roughly the same architectural style, which I suppose is understandable and consists of white planking "trimmed" with black window frames, guttering and the like. Apparently the style is known as Carpenter Gothic and they all seemed to be well cared for externally at least. Regrettably, the only one we found to be open was St. John's Anglican Church of Canada. and so we paid it a visit.

    Even before you get inside the building there are several things of interest outside it. The first, which had a particular resonance with me (no pun intended) is the rather magnificent Jessen Bell which was cast in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry which is a mere few minutes walk from my home in London and I pass regularly. Mr. Jessen presented it to the Church in 1814 but sadly died before he ever heard it rung. I shall explain the reason for it being outside later. There is also a plaque commemorating the open-air Protestant services which began here in 1753 prior to the building of the Church. This plaque was erected on the bicentennary.

    On entering the Church you will be given a guided tour by knowledgeable young people. Amongst the things they will point out to you are the magnificent ceiling decorated to look lie a clear starry night, the very fine stained glass work behind the altar (and elsewhere) and I also managed to find several military memorials and even the colours of the Lunenburg Regiment, laid up here after 1936 on the disbandment of the Unit.

    What they will also show you are a few scorch marked pews and a piece of a chancel wall and it is these that give rise to the title of this tip. In 2001 a fire took hold in what was essentially an old wooden building with many combustible materials in it. Despite the best efforts of fire crews from miles around the place was all but razed to the ground. You will be told many poignant stories of firefighters physically dragging out religious relics and taking them to a nearby place of safety.

    Almost immediately after the fire, the parishioners decided that they were not going to merely build a new church on the site but try to restore as much as possible of the old one using salvaged materials and traditional techniques to make it look as close to the original as possible. They managed to achieve this by 2005 and there is a fascinating story atttached to the restoration which you can see on the attached website. I mentioned earlier the star painted ceiling which looked fairly random according to old source material. It was only when an astronomer went to work on the pattern that he discovered that the star pattern was actually the night sky as seen from Lunenburg on the night of the first Christmas. Considering when it was done and without the use of computers, it is a tremendous piece of astronomy.

    Another fascinating artefact is the so-called Vinegar Bible, which was printed in Oxford, UK by the printer to King George I in 1717. The reason for it's curious name is that there is a misprint in one of the Gospels rendering the word vineyard as vinegar and hence the unusual name.

    These are just a few of the wonders on offer in what is the second oldest Protestant Church in Canada although there are many more and it is well worth a visit to see them. Should you wish to do so, here are the logistics taken from the excellent attached website.

    "Daily tours start in June and run through until the beginning of September. During this time, the church will be open from 11 am until 7 pm. During the months of May, September and up until Thanksgiving, the church is open on holidays and weekends from 12 noon to 4 pm. St. John’s welcomes groups to visit. If you have a group that would like a tour outside of these times please contact us to make arrangements."

    Should you wish to worship,

    "Regular Services
    Wednesday 10:00 am
    Sunday 8:30 am & 10:30 am".

    You may wish to avoid visiting at these times other than to worship.

    The building is wheelchair accessible.

    Incidentally, I took rather a lot of images here and so I have constructed a travelogue on this page to showcase some of them

    Address: 64 Townsend St, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0.

    Phone: +1 902-634-4994

    Website: http://www.stjohnslunenburg.org/

    St. John's Church, Lunenburg, Canada. Bell, St. John's Church, Lunenburg, Canada. Ceiling, St. John's Church, Lunenburg, Canada. St. John's Church, Lunenburg, Canada. Colours, St. John's Church, Lunenburg, Canada.
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