Canadian port town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

For other places with the same name, see Lunenburg (disambiguation).

Lunenburg is a small fishing town in Nova Scotia, Canada, that was established in 1753. The Old Town of Lunenburg is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lunenburg, a pretty village and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Get inEdit

By carEdit

From Halifax, get on Highway 102 North (Bayers Rd.), then take Exit 1A toward Highway 3/Highway 333/Peggy's Cove/South Shore/Yarmouth. Merge onto Highway 103 West, then get off at Exit 11 (Highway 324.) Turn left on the 324 (Cornwall Rd.) for Lunenburg. For a longer, more scenic drive, take the Lighthouse Route (Highway 3), which goes along the coast and directly through Lunenburg.

From Yarmouth, take Highway 103 E to Exit 11.

By busEdit

Trius Tours [dead link] operates a daily bus service between the Halifax Via Rail station (6040 Almon St.) and Mike's Kwik-Way in Lunenburg.

Get aroundEdit

There is no public transportation in Lunenburg, but it is small enough to be explored on foot. Trot in Time, outside the Fisheries Museum, gives tours of the town in horse-drawn buggies from May to October. Lunenburg Town Walking Tours run by local historian, Eric Croft, provide a look at the town's history as you walk through it.


Lunenburg Academy
  • Bluenose II. A replica of the original Bluenose featured on the back of Canadian dimes, spends much of the season in Lunenburg, where she was built. When she's in port, two-hour morning and afternoon cruises are available.
  • The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic [dead link] commemorates Atlantic Canada's fishing tradition with exhibits that include the schooner Theresa E. Connor, an aquarium featuring native species, a working boat building shop, and the steel-hulled side trawler Cape Sable. Guided tours are available in the summer season.
  • Lunenburg Academy. Built 1894-95, Lunenburg Academy has been designated a Provincial Heritage Property
  • Sophie McLachlan's grave, Kaulbach Street. In 1879, 14-year-old Sophie McLachlan was accused of stealing $10 from her employer, a significant amount of money at the time. Everyone, including Sophie's own mother believed her accuser. Sophie suffered from increasingly debilitating bouts of anxiety. She always maintained her innocence, and at the end managed to write a letter citing Biblical passages relating to unjust persecution and forgiveness, and stating that she did forgive her accusers. Officially, she died of "a paralyzed heart brought on by extreme agitation and peculiar circumstances" A few months later, due to public interest and the high profile nature of her death, the son of her accusing employer confessed to the theft. Her grave now lies in a pleasant cemetery next to the Lunenburg Academy. There is a marker telling her story along with a wrought iron heart being pulled in two by the chains attaching it to the short fence surrounding her plot.


  • [dead link] emOcean, 296 Lincoln Street, +1 902-640-8484. A fully integrated Health and Wellness spa nestled in old town Lunenburg. Specializing in overnight getaways - they take care of the details.
  • Pleasant Paddling, 186 Bluenose Dr, +1 902 541-9233. Offers sea kayak rentals, lessons and guided tours. The office is on the railway wharf but their guided tours depart from the Front Harbour, Back Harbour and Blue Rocks. No experience necessary.



  • Magnolia's Grill, 128 Montague Street, +1 902-634-3287. Old world look, with small bar/waiting area and busy 20-seat restaurant (get there early and put your name on the waiting list). Small menu with a daily changing list of specials; including fish, seafood, vegetarian and other delights. Seasonal. $15-30.
  • [dead link] Wheelhouse Motel & Dining Room, 31 Knickle Road, +1 902-634-3353, toll-free: +1-877-997-9972, fax: +1 902-634-7141. Lobster/seafood restaurant. Two-storey motel, 18 rooms with 4-piece baths, clock radios, fans, colour cable TV and wireless Internet.



  • 1 Alicion Bed & Breakfast, 66 McDonald St, +1-902-634-9358, toll-free: +1-877-634-9358. Check-in: 4:00 PM, check-out: 11:00 AM. Revival-style mansion built in 1911 as the family home of successful Lunenburg businessman, philanthropist, and federal politician, Senator William Duff. Bright and spacious rooms.
  • Bluenose Lodge:Victorian Inn & Suites c., toll-free: +1-800-565-8851. Tastefully restored Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn (circa 1863) that was built as a single-family dwelling for prominent sea merchant/builders Morash & Eisnor. Smoke free, no pets.
  • [dead link] Kip & Kaboodle. The Nova Scotia's Backpacker's Hostel is 7 km from Lunenburg and 3 km from Mahone Bay. It's a small, friendly and inexpensive hostel run by a very nice couple, and an awfully sweet cat. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, nearby hiking trails and shuttle service to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg.
  • [formerly dead link] Lennox Inn, 69 Fox Street, toll-free: +1-888-379-7605. B&B dating from 1791. Claims to be Canada's oldest inn.
  • Boscawen Inn, 150 Cumberland St. This Victorian mansion was built in 1888 by Senator H.A.N. Kaulbach, one of the most influential figures in Lunenburg's history. The Boscawen Inn has 17 rooms on three levels. Additionally it offers conference and banquet facilities.
  • 1880 Kaulbach House (Kaulbach Inn), 75 Pelham St, toll-free: +1-800-568-8818. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Bed and breakfast inside historic Kaulbach home. Each room has a private bath, TV and DVD player; there is a small selection of DVDs available in the parlour. A 3-course breakfast, served at 8:30AM, is set to classical music. $100-170.

Go nextEdit

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