Lunenburg

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Hear tales of old sea voyages, see humpback whales, navigate waterways and appreciate the traditional architecture of this old port town.

Located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Lunenburg is a port town with a past that stretches back more than 250 years. Explore the history of the town's fishing industry, see historic architecture and embark on a whale-watching cruise.

Lunenburg was a British colonial settlement founded in the middle of the 18th century. During the following century, the coastal community became a major fishing center, which still flourishes today.

Learn about Lunenburg’s fishing heritage at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Browse exhibits and explore ships moored on the dockside. Step onto Canada’s oldest salt bank schooner and listen to retired fishermen and captains tell stories of their voyages. The museum also houses one of the most extensive aquariums on the east coast of Canada. Among the animals you will see here are eels, crabs and giant lobsters.

Walk into the center of town to see more of Lunenburg’s history. Look at the well-preserved old wooden buildings, some of which date back to the 18th century. Step inside Knaut-Rhuland House, built in 1793. The old wooden residence is now a museum dedicated to the early history of the town. See period furniture, Victorian artifacts and early 19th-century fireplace surroundings.

While you are in Lunenburg, spend some time on the water. Set sail for a maritime adventure by going on a boat cruise. From the deck of your vessel, enjoy the view of the town's brightly painted buildings and the lighthouse at the end of the breakwater. From June to October, head out to sea on a whale-watching tour and marvel at the pilot and humpback whales that pass by the area on their migration.

Lunenburg is approximately a 2-hour drive southwest of Halifax, where there is an international airport. Give yourself at least a few days to enjoy the town’s scenic beauty, history and waterways.

Atlantic View Motel and Cottages
Atlantic View Motel and Cottages
3 out of 5
230 Mason's Beach Road, RR#2, Lunenburg, NS
The price is $93 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Situated in Lunenburg, this beach motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bluenose Golf Club, Pearl Theatre, and Bluenose II. Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and Lunenburg ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (215 reviews)
"The place was spotless and such an attention to detail. I would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Atlantic View Motel and Cottages
Rum Runner Inn
Rum Runner Inn
4 out of 5
66 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS
The price is $104 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Situated in Lunenburg, this golf hotel is steps from Bluenose II, Lunenburg Art Gallery, and Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. St John's Anglican Church and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (552 reviews)
"Great location, walk anywhere to nearby restaurants- just needs more comfortable pillows and a hair dryer in the room, otherwise it was very clean and our room was renovated-had a private deck- Of course it’s an Inn and will hear people but we were lucky with quiet neighbours."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Rum Runner Inn
Brigantine Inn & Suites
Brigantine Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
82 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $97 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Situated in Lunenburg, this hotel is steps from Lunenburg Art Gallery, Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and Bluenose II. St John's Anglican Church and Knaut ...
4/5 Very Good! (220 reviews)
"Great views"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Brigantine Inn & Suites
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B2 Lofts
B2 Lofts
4 out of 5
160 Montague St, Lunenburg, NS
Located in the heart of Lunenburg, this aparthotel is steps from Knaut Rhuland House Museum, Gallery @ theLinc, and Lunenburg Opera House. Heckman-Morash House ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Our stay, when we were finally able to get into our loft was great. Some things missing however it was a fun stay. Lunenburg is gorgeous, friendly owner of the building. Look forward to returning to the area."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

B2 Lofts
Oceanside Vacation Cottage
Oceanside Vacation Cottage
Lunenburg, NS
Located in the heart of Lunenburg, this golf cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museum, Bluenose Golf Club, and Pearl Theatre. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6 reviews)
Beautiful peaceful cottage
"Spent 2 nights at the beautiful Blue Heron cottage. The hostess left us tea biscuits popcorn and a bottle of wine as a birthday gift for one of our group. Very thoughtful. The cottage has everything you need to have a wonderfully relaxed stay with an ocean view. 5 minutes to lunenburg with many amenities ..."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Oceanside Vacation Cottage
Kitch'inn B&B - Herman's Hideaway Vacation Home
Kitch'inn B&B - Herman's Hideaway Vacation Home
Lunenburg, NS
Situated in Lunenburg, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mahone Bay Settlers Museum, Bluenose II, and Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Lunenburg ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"This is an amazing house and property."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Kitch'inn B&B - Herman's Hideaway Vacation Home
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