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Lunenburg
Travel Guide

Hear tales of old sea voyages, see humpback whales, navigate waterways and appreciate the traditional architecture of this old port town.

Located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Lunenburg is a port town with a past that stretches back more than 250 years. Explore the history of the town's fishing industry, see historic architecture and embark on a whale-watching cruise.

Lunenburg was a British colonial settlement founded in the middle of the 18th century. During the following century, the coastal community became a major fishing center, which still flourishes today.

Learn about Lunenburg’s fishing heritage at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Browse exhibits and explore ships moored on the dockside. Step onto Canada’s oldest salt bank schooner and listen to retired fishermen and captains tell stories of their voyages. The museum also houses one of the most extensive aquariums on the east coast of Canada. Among the animals you will see here are eels, crabs and giant lobsters.

Walk into the center of town to see more of Lunenburg’s history. Look at the well-preserved old wooden buildings, some of which date back to the 18th century. Step inside Knaut-Rhuland House, built in 1793. The old wooden residence is now a museum dedicated to the early history of the town. See period furniture, Victorian artifacts and early 19th-century fireplace surroundings.

While you are in Lunenburg, spend some time on the water. Set sail for a maritime adventure by going on a boat cruise. From the deck of your vessel, enjoy the view of the town's brightly painted buildings and the lighthouse at the end of the breakwater. From June to October, head out to sea on a whale-watching tour and marvel at the pilot and humpback whales that pass by the area on their migration.

Lunenburg is approximately a 2-hour drive southwest of Halifax, where there is an international airport. Give yourself at least a few days to enjoy the town’s scenic beauty, history and waterways.

Top hotels in Lunenburg

Rum Runner Inn
Rum Runner Inn
4 out of 5
66 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS
The price is £64 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Situated in Lunenburg, this golf hotel is steps away from Bluenose II, Lunenburg Art Gallery and Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. St John's Anglican Church ...

4.3/5Excellent! (513 reviews)

"The Rum Runner is a great place to stay while visiting Lunenburg. Its close to all restaurants and local shops, very clean and quiet. Views of the waterfront are excellent."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2021

Rum Runner Inn
Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre
Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre
3.5 out of 5
527 Highway 10 Exit 12, Bridgewater, NS
The price is £77 per night from 13 Mar to 14 Mar

Situated in Bridgewater, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cookville Provincial Park, Osprey Ridge Golf Course and Bridgewater Mall. Bridgewater Memorial ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (435 reviews)

"Wonderful accommodations with friendly staff; a stellar pool/waterslide for the kids (and me); and 27 South is a great restaurant with a solid menu, drinks, and patio (in the summer)."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre
Brigantine Inn & Suites
Brigantine Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
82 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS
The price is £45 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

Situated in Lunenburg, this hotel is steps away from Lunenburg Art Gallery, Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Bluenose II. St John's Anglican Church and Knaut ...

4/5Very Good! (200 reviews)

"Great spot!!! Loved the old building. Too bad the restaurant and bar was closed due to renovations (without any note on their website). Having this amenity was why we chose this Inn. Room was clean. Beds were very comfortable. Bathroom was incredibly tiny - do not book the Picton Castel room if you're ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Brigantine Inn & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Lunenburg

B2 Lofts
B2 Lofts
4 out of 5
160 Montague St, Lunenburg, NS

Located in the heart of Lunenburg, this aparthotel is steps away from Knaut Rhuland House Museum, Gallery @ theLinc and Lunenburg Opera House. Heckman-Morash ...

3/5 (2 reviews)

"Our stay, when we were finally able to get into our loft was great. Some things missing however it was a fun stay. Lunenburg is gorgeous, friendly owner of the building. Look forward to returning to the area."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

B2 Lofts
Mahone Bay Beach House
Mahone Bay Beach House
4 out of 5
601 Main St, Mahone Bay, NS

Situated in Mahone Bay, this beach holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Mahone Bay Settlers Museum and Mahone Bay Swimming Pool. Bluenose II and St John's ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Loved being right on the water, within walking distance of everything in this adorable town, and, appreciated the decor. Above and beyond!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2019

Mahone Bay Beach House
Kitch'inn B&B - Herman's Hideaway Vacation Home
Kitch'inn B&B - Herman's Hideaway Vacation Home
761 Hermans Island Rd, Lunenburg, NS

Situated in Lunenburg, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Mahone Bay Settlers Museum, Bluenose II and Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. St John's ...

Kitch'inn B&B - Herman's Hideaway Vacation Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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