Long known for its shipbuilding and seafaring expertise, natural beauty, charming architecture and warm hospitality, picturesque Lunenburg was recently declared a Canadian National Historic District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Canada’s Prettiest Painted Places.
Founded in 1753, the Town of Lunenburg is the perfect place to stay while you immerse yourself in the culture and hospitality of the South Shore. Our colourful historic buildings, working waterfront, fine Maritime dining, great shopping and activities for all ages will make Lunenburg your favourite Nova Scotian town. We’re just a short drive to sea caves, white sand beaches, pristine fishing villages and even Peggy’s Cove and Halifax.
Explore the rich seafaring traditions at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Share a yarn with fisherman on board the schooner Theresa E. Connor and the trawler Cape Sable. Explore the underwater world of the Millennium Aquarium, launch a model schooner, hear some lobster lore and get the scoop on scallops. Across from the Museum, join Lunenburg Walking Tours for a stroll through “Old Town” Lunenburg (superstitions of the sea or cemetery tour, anyone?)” – from Explore Lunenburg
Lunenburg’s architecture reflects a strong European influence. Historic buildings and stately homes can best be appreciated on a walking tour or by horse-drawn carriage. The Lunenburg Academy, an excellent example of 19th century Second Empire architecture and the numerous historic churches, all add to the unique charm of Lunenburg’s tree-lined streets.
Fine Maritime Dining
Join the crew of The Grand Banker, located harbourside in historic Lunenburg. Our fresh, local menu with a creative twist, large selection of local craft brews and wine, and stunning waterfront views ensures a true Nova Scotian experience. Our commitment to local artisans, farmers and fishermen results in a unique and special experience. The casual and relaxed atmosphere, along with our commitment to great service and hospitality, makes The Grand Banker an ideal port of call for lunch and dinner.
Many Things To Do
Lunenburg offers many things to do during your visit. Spend the afternoon exploring the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Take to the water on a whale watching cruise or go scuba diving, boating and deep sea fishing. Sail on an authentic tall ship or share yarns with board a trawler. Visit the plentiful craft stores and galleries of the South Shore. Pack a picnic and head for one of the many lovely park areas. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or a heritage walking tour. Drive the Lighthouse Route, and send a postcard from North America’s only post office housed in a lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove.
Lunenburg also offers golf, tennis, pools, ice rinks, a curling rink, theatres, and much more…
Arts and Festivals
Lunenburg’s talented artisans capture the tradition of their Maritime heritage in their work with hand carved duck decoys, ship models, pottery and beautiful paintings displayed in local art galleries and gift shops.
Lunenburg is home to four internationally recognized festivals: the annual Lunenburg Craft Festival, a showcase of Atlantic Canada’s finest artisans and crafts people; the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, a musical gathering highlighting traditional Maritime folk music; the Nova Scotia Fisheries Exhibition and Fishermen’s reunion, featuring traditional skills such as scallop shucking, fish filleting and the popular International Dory Races; and the Lunenburg Oktoberfest, a celebration of the Town’s German heritage.
Lunenburg Folk Habour Festival
Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival
Lunenburg's beauty is best seen on foot
Enjoy an afternoon on the sea or a sunset sail
Take a horse drawn buggy tour through the Old Town
Visit one of the beautiful beaches