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Dating from the 18th century, Lunenburg was for many years a leader in the fisheries industry. It was known not only for the fishermen’s bountiful catches, but as well for the quality and speed of the fishing schooners that came off the town’s shipbuilding ways. The best known was Bluenose, whose racing career was legendary. A full replica of Bluenose, considered by many to be the symbol of Nova Scotia, is often docked on Lunenburg’s waterfront and can be visited. It is not surprising that the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic is also right there on Lunenburg’s wharfs. It tells the story of the fisheries through its collections ...

Dating from the 18th century, Lunenburg was for many years a leader in the fisheries industry. It was known not only for the fishermen’s bountiful catches, but as well for the quality and speed of the fishing schooners that came off the town’s shipbuilding ways. The best known was Bluenose, whose racing career was legendary. A full replica of Bluenose, considered by many to be the symbol of Nova Scotia, is often docked on Lunenburg’s waterfront and can be visited. It is not surprising that the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic is also right there on Lunenburg’s wharfs. It tells the story of the fisheries through its collections of artifacts and with boats and vessels used in the trade. Lunenburg is one of those towns where the greatest enjoyment is found in walking the waterfront and back streets and admiring its collection of 19th and early 20th century buildings. Visitors to this area also enjoy a side trip to Bridgewater for its Wile Carding Museum and the DesBrisay Museum. Just off Route 332, a short way from Lunenburg, look for the Ovens Natural Area, an area of sea caves and booming surf.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, approximately 98 miles southwest of Halifax.
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall | Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    The temperate months of May through October are the best for visits to Lunenburg. The Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival takes place the last week of July.