Lovely Lunenburg – a Small Surprise in Nova Scotia

After our jaunt to Newfoundland we headed south to Lunenburg – about 1 hour south of Halifax.  An easy drive to this lovely fishing village.   We decided on this stop thanks to an article in the Tiffin owners magazine.  


I was skeptical that about this place – I enjoy either big cities or more natural settings.  Boy, I was wrong. Lunenburg is rich with heritage and lovely, lovely scenery.


The Bluenose – a tribute to the area’s shipbuilding past & winner of the International Fishermen’s Trophy due to record-setting catches.



these charming placards adorn most houses in town, providing a small bit of history for the 

A UNESCO heritage sight filled with lovely small houses, buildings, shop fronts, harbor – one more lovely than the next.  And a handful of good, good restaurants.


Saint John’s Anglican Church, rebuilt after a fire, is majestic with great wood features and stained glass.  Originally built in 1753, the church has been rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2001.  The organ was replaced with one from Quebec.  The church is the second oldest in Canada!


The town was founded by three Brits: Sutherland, Jessen & Creigton – and one of the first British attempts to settle Protestants in Nova Scotia   The Native American Wabanaki Confederacy – the Confederacy attacked the Brits numerous (9) times attempting to get their land back.  With no success.


 A bend in the road provides a glimpse of another quaint harbor – with fishing shacks.


A local town memorial to people – fishermen – lost at sea throughout the years.


Even the street signs are precious…..


The UNESCO designation is in place to ensure protection for much of Lunenburg’s unique architecture and civic design – being the best example of planned British colonial settlement in Canada.


The historic core of the town is also a National Historic Site of Canada.

Even the Distillery is cute! Selling cute spirits!



In addition to the lovely surroundings, another appealing aspect of this stop was the availability of a Board of Trade owned RV lot.  Close to town and providing many opportunities to walk to this quant little town.  It was not a great RV resort by anyone’s definition, but with full hooks ups and that short walk, we loved it.



The people have their own distinct dialect – known as Lunenburg English – influenced by New England English & German. Charming.

We would Delete:

Nothing – loved the whole place!

We would Repeat:

Eating at the any of small fish restaurants overlooking the harbor as well as Fleur de Sel.

Kayaking anywhere in the area

We would add:

Bringing back MORE scallops from Adams & Knickle and fresh lobster –  same price as Maine!


8 thoughts on “Lovely Lunenburg – a Small Surprise in Nova Scotia

  1. We loved Lunenburg, also:) You didn’t have a photo of the very cool elementary school!! The school in Lunenburg was featured in a commercial, but I can’t remember what the commercial product. I know we were very excited because we knew few people would recognize the school. We were surprised just how neat the town is. Glad you enjoyed it, as well:) Your photos are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It was a Cisco Systems ad. It showed children in a classroom at the Lunenburg Academy connecting via video technology with a classroom in China. Ellen Page was in it. I think it only played on US television.

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