This Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Travel Guide will help you plan your trip to Old Town Lunenburg. If Lunenburg isn’t on your radar, this post just might inspire you to start planning a trip to Nova Scotia!
Located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, you’ll find Lunenburg—a colorful, picture perfect fishing town.
Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site—perfect for history lovers!
During our Nova Scotia trip, we spent quite a bit of time in Lunenburg. I highly recommend setting aside an amble amount of time for exploring all that Lunenburg has to offer!
Filled with a rich history, unique architecture, Lunenburg is an amazing destination to visit in Nova Scotia.
things to do in Lunenburg
There are so many great things to do in this historic city. This Lunenburg, Nova Scotia travel guide will help you plan what to do during your vacation in Nova Scotia!
Take a ride on the historic Bluenose II
When I was planning our family vacation, I was so excited to discover that the Bluenose II was going to be docked during our visit. I was even more excited when I found out that we could take a boat ride on the historic vessel!
The Bluenose II is a replica of the fishing and racing schooner Bluenose. Designed by William Roué and built by the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard, this famous boat was launched in 1921 in Lunenburg.
Since 1937, Bluenose has adorned the Canadian dime. It’s also seen on three postage stamps, as well as the Nova Scotia license plate.
In 1963, Bluenose II was launched and gifted to the Government of Nova Scotia in 1971. The vessel sails out of Lunenburg and visits ports throughout Nova Scotia and North America. It is regularly open to the public, offering cruises and onboard access to visitors.
While we were in Lunenburg, we were able to take a harbor cruise along Lunenburg. It was such a fun experience taking sail on the tall ship! This is a great activity that the whole family will enjoy.
For sailing times, head over to the website for the Bluenose II!
Go rum tasting at Nova Scotia’s first micro-distillery
Located in the old port of Lunenburg on Nova Scotia’s historic South Shore, you’ll discover Nova Scotia’s first micro-distillery—Ironworks Distillery.
It was really neat touring the 1893 heritage building that houses Ironworks. The building was once a marine blacksmith’s shop that once produced ironworks for the shipbuilding trade.
Everything is distilled by hand and use only natural ingredients, sourcing many local ingredients.
Go behind the scenes and see how your favorite spirits are made. Then it is time to sample the amazing liquors. The tours are 45 minutes long and cost $15 per person. You must be over 19 to sample products.
For booking a tour, head over to their website.
go whale watching
Even though you aren’t guaranteed to see whales, taking a boat ride is great way to spend a few hours.
The three-hour tours include a variety of activities depending on the route. and weather conditions. You’ll have the best visit view of Old Town Lunenburg from the water—perfect for photographing.
You see miles of rugged Nova Scotia coastline and wildlife. The seaman are very knowledable and will answer any question that you might have. Whether it’s about the whales or the town of Lunenburg.
If you are interested in doing a whale watching tour, it is highly recommended to book your tour in advance.
Sample local craft beer at Shipwright Brewing
Shipwright Brewing, celebrates Lunenburg’s shipbuilding heritage. The brewery offers small batch brews and a great atmosphere.
Shop at the three local bookstores
I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that there were three bookstores in Lunenburg!
Grab a cup of coffee at the cutest coffee shop!
I love visiting local coffee shops when I travel. It is a great place to meet locals and take in the local culture.
No 9 Coffee is such a charming coffee shop with lots of characters.
Grab a cup of coffee and sit back and relax in this cozy coffee shop!
They also have a great selection of vegan items! I was really surprised to discover so many great vegan items on the menu!
Location: 135 Montague St, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0, Canada
enjoy the waterfront
Take a stroll along the scenic waterfront. Lunenberg offers plenty of spots to relax and enjoy the waterfront!
I hope that this Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Travel Guide has inspired your next vacation! I loved visiting Lunenburg and I’m already planning a trip back soon!