We have just spent the day wandering around Lunenberg, approximately 90km south of Halifax. This town was established in 1753 and has with a wonderful heritage that has in the most part been well maintained. The town was one of the first British attempts to settle Protestants in Nova Scotia and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 which ensures protection for much of Lunenburg’s unique architecture and civic design, being the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America.
It was a pretty wet and rough day so were glad to be off the road. The wind and rain just added to the atmosphere of this colourful port town.
Fishing and ship building has played a major part in generating much of the towns wealth, and still is an active fishing port. The role the fishing industry has played in not only Lunenberg but in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland is well recorded and displayed in the Fishing Museum. It is here that we also learnt about “Bluenose“, a schooner built in Lunenberg in 1921 as a working fishing vessel, but speed was her greatest asset. The International Fisherman’s Races between Bluenose (with skipper, Angus Walters) and her American challengers are legendary and at the time captivated the whole nation, with much pride at stake. For the next 17 years after her launch no challengers could wrest the trophy from “Bluenose”. She earned the title “Queen of the North Atlantic” and has become a Canadian icon. The original “Bluenose” met with a sad ending but there is currently a major restoration project being undertaken on an exact replica “Bluenose II” (pictured).
Lunenberg is a popular destination for tall ships and while we were in town the Bounty came into the port.
We really enjoyed wandering around this town with its good eateries, galleries, museum and architecture. From all of the places we have visited so far, Lunenberg has much to offer and is worth spending a day or two in. If you are keen on the architecture there are more and larger photos in the gallery.
This is the view from our campground (after the rain had moved on for the evening).