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Where in the world: Canada  /  Nova Scotia  /  Southwest Nova Scotia  /  Lunenburg

Top 15 things to do in Lunenburg

1. Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Learn about the fishing industry and its impact on Canada’s Atlantic coast at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. The museum, made up of rustic red buildings, welcomes visitors between May and October every year. See floating vessels at the wharf, hear the stories of retired fishermen, explore an extensive collection of historic maritime artifacts, or participate in an interactive activity with the local heritage interpreters. A charming aquarium, gift shop, and restaurant add to the fun and educational experience.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $108 › Learn more about Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

2. St. John's Anglican Church

Visit St. John's Anglican Church, Canada’s second oldest church of English origin. Constructed in 1753 in the carpenter gothic architectural style, the church's exterior consists of almost all white brick walls, with black accents outlining the doors, windows, central bell tower, and spires. During 2001 the church suffered from a blaze, but thankfully it has since been fully restored. Inside, find a wooden, pyramid-shaped roof sheltering wooden pews, which survived the fire. Stained glass windows, which allow natural light to fill the interior, also survived the 2001 inferno.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $133 › Learn more about St. John's Anglican Church

3. Bluenose II

Visit Bluenose II, a replica of the original iconic fishing schooner built in 1921. The ship became renowned for being the fastest ship in North America; it won the Fishermen's Trophy 17 years in row and was coined "Queen of the North Atlantic." Bluenose stands as the proud symbol of Nova Scotia's prominence in the fishing and shipbuilding industries. Head aboard the vessel and explore while the crew answers questions and teaches about vessel's rich history. After experiencing the impressionable ship firsthand, you will understand why it is featured on the face of the Canadian dime.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Nova Scotia Day Tour - Visit Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, and the Annapolis Valley.

FROM $197
The best part of this tour is the down-home hospitality Sam tries to deliver with every ride. There is no real set schedule, so we have a bit more flexibility in how we do things. Sam will help you from the time you first write to the time she hugs you goodbye at the last stop and beyond if you're traveling to anywhere else that she is familiar with. Get to know other travelers and share once in a lifetime experiences along the way.
Suggested duration: 8h 45min
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5. Ironworks Distillery

Spirit connoisseurs rejoice at Ironworks Distillery, an artisanal distillery set in the historical port town of Lunenburg. The distillery manufactures and stocks a number of different spirits for purchase, including light or dark rum, vodka, and a variety of liqueurs. Browse the aesthetically pleasing vodka of varying fruit flavors, such as blueberry and raspberry. If that sounds too adventurous for you, then ask for a taste test, offered on every bottle. Please check the website for season hours.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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6. Lunenburg Historic District

Wander through the charming streets of Lunenburg Historic District lined with colorful wooden houses and discover what makes this World Heritage Site one of the best surviving examples of British colonial settlement in North America. Nestled on a hillside that slopes gently towards the harbor, the old town retains much of its original appearance. The residents have managed to preserve the city's identity since 1753 when it was established. Visit the town's original parade square and waterfront area where former fisheries and ship buildings harmoniously blend with the seascape.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $38 › Learn more about Lunenburg Historic District

7. Blue Rocks

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Best of Halifax Small Group Tour with Peggy's Cove and Citadel

FROM $102
Experience all there is to see and do in Halifax by taking part in the Best of Halifax Tour. Led by a local guide, visit most of the area’s top attractions. Check out the view from Peggy's Cove and take the immersive tour through the famous Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. An extensive downtown drive will highlight more of what Halifax has to offer. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included. The Ultimate Halifax Tour includes: • Beautiful scenic drive up to Peggy’s Cove • Free time to explore Peggy’s Cove • An informative tour of Citadel Hill – the tour is guided by a living historical guide • An experienced guide throughout the entire tour to answer questions and point out interesting landmarks • Tour group is limited to seven people which makes the experience more intimate • Complimentary shuttle pick up and drop off from anywhere in downtown Halifax *Please note that adverse winter weather may result in cancellation of the Citadel and/or Peggy's Cove portion of this tour
Suggested duration: 4h
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9. Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal

Explore Fort Anne National Historic Site, a culturally significant site conquered by many nations in the past. The fort was originally built by the Scots in 1629 and later further developed by the French in 1643. Visit 18th- and 19th-century buildings that today house various museums outlining the fort's history and showcasing the daily lifestyle of the soldiers. Try on costumes from the Acadian period, either a French or British military uniform. The kids can take part in the “Xplorers” program, which incorporates fun activities while exploring the fort and learning of its history. Marvel at the Fort Anne Heritage Tapestry, a colorful and intricate piece depicting 400 years of the site's history.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Peggy's Cove

The iconic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse beckons travelers by land and sea with its traditional white-and-red facade, as it marks the rugged eastern entrance to the bay. Step along the water-worn, rounded granite rocks that the beacon is built on, and watch the powerful Atlantic break heavily against them. The lighthouse represents a major stop on the region's Lighthouse Trail scenic drive. Be sure to take extra care exploring this area, as visitor can be swept off the rocks by larger waves. Don't forget your camera and capture this lighthouse, renowned for its composition.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $102 › Learn more about Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

11. Knaut-Rhuland House Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Hidden Gems Tour Lunenburg

FROM $38
Come along with me oh, the places you will see! Sightseeing/storytelling tours leaving downtown Lunenburg daily. Experience magnificent seascapes, treasured places and hidden gems, authentic working fishing villages and stops at local picture-perfect locations along the way. It is the natural beauty and ocean vistas that will be the destination points and the backdrops for our local tours. We visit the places you came here for. The magnificent ocean and seascapes. The treasured places and hidden gems. Authentic working fishing villages and local picture-perfect locations. We’ll even add in some local stories for good measure. We only take 8 at a time so seating is limited but we think it’s more fun that way. (but call some tours may open up.) Our adventure to beautiful Bluerocks is approximately 2 hours from start to finish and we’ll get you back to the Lunenburg waterfront before the crow flies. This tour is a must-do if you want to experience first hand what the locals already know.
Suggested duration: 2h
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13. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal

Take things down a gear during a relaxing stroll through Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Established in 1986 in a scenic position overlooking a tidal river valley, the gardens explore Nova Scotia's natural heritage, as well as the changing ways that communities have tamed, used, and appreciated the plant life native to the region. Walk through the historically themed gardens, such as an apple orchard arranged according to 18th-century practices; a Victorian garden bright with colorful annuals; and a large pine forest, representing pre-Columbian times when the area was inhabited by the Mi'kmaq.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Grand Pre National Historic Site, Grand Pre

Built to commemorate the Grand Pre area of Nova Scotia, Grand Pre National Historic Site is a World Heritage Site, and the site of an Arcadian settlement from the 17th century. Lovers of literature will know that the village was the scenic setting for the epic poem, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie. That's no surprise, considering its lush gardens and stunning shoreline. During your exploration, look for the memorial church and admire the paintings, stained glass, and exhibits. Pop into the visitor's center for further exhibits, multimedia presentations, and general information on the historic site.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $133 › Learn more about Grand Pre National Historic Site

15. Half-Day Small-Group Tour of Nova Scotia's South Shore

FROM $133
The South Shore of Nova Scotia is known for its picturesque coastal scenery, the world-famous Old Town Lunenburg, known for it's, unique architecture, and colorful waterfront also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Bluenose II. Next up Mahone Bay for a photo of the Trinity Church's then coastline from Queensland onto Canada’s most beloved lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove perched upon granite worn smooth by the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Your Clean, Safe and Comfortable Tour Vehicle will be a Ford Transit 350 XLT Medium Roof 15 Passenger Van with 4 Guests Minimum to 10 Guests Maximum. The vehicle is equipped with a microphone to the speaker system and a large tablet to view Videos and Photos to augment your Tour experience so you have a Memorable, Unique Tour of Nova Scotia's South Shore. There is so much more to explore on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, add these must-do adventures to your vacation plans!
Suggested duration: 6h
Tours from $133 › More about this tour at viator.com ›