10 Things to Do in Lunenburg That You Shouldn't Miss

April 4, 2018 Roger Rusk

Established in 1753, this historic Nova Scotia coastal community is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander among its colorful galleries and shops, arranged on a tidy grid of walkable streets. Visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic to understand the town's maritime history.
Restaurants in Lunenburg

1. Glimpses Theatre Troupe

68 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada +1 902-624-8961
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5 based on 123 reviews

Glimpses Theatre Troupe

Reviewed By Nordicpolewalker - Halifax, Canada

What an enjoyable evening. The story of Lunenburg in story and song. Well acted by a talented, enthusiastic cast of local actors. You can easily see why it has been a hit at the Fisheries Museum in Lunenburg for 10 years. We can understand the cast and crew wanting a rest after all these years, but it is a shame that this is the last season for Glimpses. Try to see it before it closes the 2nd week of Sept. You won't be sorry you took the time.

2. St. John's Anglican Church

81 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada +1 902-634-4994
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4.5 based on 324 reviews

St. John's Anglican Church

Reviewed By Nancy H

Don't miss this beautiful church if you have time. The stained glass windows were saved after a devastating fire and the church was rebuilt from donations from around the world. The woodwork is gorgeous too. Worth the visit.

3. Ironworks Distillery

2 Kempt Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada +1 902-640-2424
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4.5 based on 252 reviews

Ironworks Distillery

Ironworks Distillery opened its doors to the public in June 2010. Situated in the old town of Lunenburg and residing in the building that used to be the old marine blacksmith shop, we create small batches of artisan spirits using produce from the Maritimes. We make vodka and brandy using Annapolis Valley apples, Pear Eau-de-vie, Rum, Gin and several delicious fruit liqueurs. Tastings are free. Tours are available.

Reviewed By Steve G - Eugene, Oregon

Stop so our boys could taste the product, great people st the counter, lots of interesting product, neat building

4. Bluenose II

Lunenburg Marine Museum Society, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada +1 902-634-4794
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4.5 based on 348 reviews

Bluenose II

Reviewed By WildRoseAB - Calgary, Canada

Cruise was Sold Out on day of visit (Sept.26/17); but fortunately, Waitlist wish came true!
Splendid sunny day for a Sail with a wee bit of wind ... aboard the Schooner Bluenose II ... "living history under sail" ... excellent experience!
Captain and crew were very friendly and informative; amazing teamwork hoisting and lowering the sails ... (" a unique experience to be part of the crew" ... nice chatting with you Anna!)

Highly recommend seeing and experiencing the Bluenose II ... check online schedule and book a reservation! :))

5. Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

68 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada +1 902-634-4794
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4.5 based on 746 reviews

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic provides the ultimate waterfront experience, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While at the Museum, you experience life in a fishing community and discover, up close, life at sea. Explore our living fish exhibit and wharf-side vessels. Make your way to the Ice House Theatre, where films are shown throughout the day. Browse at your leisure or take a guided tour. Come rain or shine, relax and enjoy! The entire family will enjoy their entertaining visit with us!

Reviewed By Sharon K - Peace River, Alberta

My husband and I visited the east coast of Canada for the first time in October 2017. Our friends in Antigonish, Nova Scotia highly recommended we visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and we are so glad we did. I love stories, and we found lots of them in the museum, both in the displays and from talking to the guy in the museum (who told us stories of rum runners) and the guy on the Theresa E. Connor schooner , who had been a fisherman for 52 years. We got there too late in the season to take a ride on the Bluenose II, so we'll come in September next time. The gift shop and restaurant were really good too.

138 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada +1 877-272-2220
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Laurie Swim Gallery

Award-winning visual artist and author, who is nationally and internationally recognized; Laurie creates painterly works of art in fabric and thread portraying the landscapes and people of the South Shore. Visit the Laurie Swim Gallery in beautiful Old Town Lunenburg and see these beautiful works for yourself.

Reviewed By ELDorey - Toronto, Canada

Laurie is a very talented artist. Her textile work is complex and intricate, and she creates beautiful art. Technically, her work is also interesting as an illustration of the relationship between "craft" and "art". I'm also very proud to own an original, so call me biased.

7. Blue Rocks

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Blue Rocks

Reviewed By chiangmaicharlies - Chiang Mai, Thailand

A most beautiful spot just 15 minutes from Lunenburg (itself a lovely city).
Dramatic rock structures in the water, draped with golden sea weed. We spent probably 4 hours during two visits, admiring the scenic drives around Blue Rocks.
Who cares if the rocks aren't blue!
An absolute delight for photographers. Even more so if a fog bank comes over and totally changes the atmosphere, as it did for us.
I just pray that the recommendations here doesn't mean that Blue Rocks will become too crowded with tourists, as has happened nearby - but it was simply such a wonderful place, I have to heartily recommend it.
Absolutely not to be missed. Travel it slowly and please don't disturb the locals.

8. Lunenburg Historic District

Main Street | Old Historic Downtown Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia 01462, Canada
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Lunenburg Historic District

Reviewed By gold-vintner - Indianapolis, Indiana

There is a reason that Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site......it IS historic....natural harbor, very old buildings, but in great condition. Working fishing village. Lots of shops, restaurants, historic sites and several monuments.
Although there are some places that are seasonal it is well worth the time to drive there.

9. Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum

11188 Highway 3, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada +1 902-634-3184
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Halifax & Southwestern Railway Museum

Reviewed By Geoffrey M - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

If you are a Railway enthusiast, or a model railway fan, or you like the history of Nova Scotia's Rail industry or past Rail history this is a place you must visit.
Duane Porter is a great host and curator of this site and makes the tour entertaining and educational for adults and Children alike, if you are a train buff and have extra questions he is helpful to answer them and if you need advice and help with model trains hes also got the smarts for that as well.
The museum is just outside the town of Lunenburg so if you are exploring the town be sure to stop in, You will love it.

10. Knaut-Rhuland House

125 Pelham Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada +1 902-634-3498
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Knaut-Rhuland House

Reviewed By Glidr - Nanaimo, Canada

An interesting gem of information on how British settlements were created in the 1700's and particularly how Lunenburg was created and settled in 1751. Has rooms of period clothing over the centuries, plus original settlers and their families, why this is a UNESCO Heritage site and more.

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