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.

The Dockside Inn & Restaurant
The Dockside Inn & Restaurant
3 out of 5
84 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Lunenburg, this inn is steps from Lunenburg Art Gallery, Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and Bluenose II. Knaut Rhuland House Museum and St John's ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (165 reviews)
"Stayed in one of the top floor suites. The view of the harbour was amazing, and the room had a kitchen which had everything we needed. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

The Dockside Inn & Restaurant
Rum Runner Inn
Rum Runner Inn
4 out of 5
66 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS
The price is $104 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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! (555 reviews)
"This hotel is perfectly situated for exploring Lunnenburg. It’s directly behind the fishing museum with beautiful views of the harbour. Easy walking distance to all restaurants and sights. Our room (#5 I think) had a private balcony where you can enjoy a coffee or glass of wine. There was a bit of ..."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Rum Runner Inn
Smugglers Cove Inn
Smugglers Cove Inn
4 out of 5
139 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $96 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is steps from Knaut Rhuland House Museum, Gallery @ theLinc, and Lunenburg Opera House. Lunenburg Art Gallery and Fisheries ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (343 reviews)
"Owner and staff so friendly. Super helpful with getting parked, went out of their way to get us a cup of tea after our walking tour. They even let us do a lazy check out so we could explore the town a bit further in the morning."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Smugglers Cove Inn
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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
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
Unique Oceanview Hilltop Retreat
Unique Oceanview Hilltop Retreat
Lunenburg, NS
This family-friendly Lunenburg vacation home is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museum and Pearl Theatre. Bluenose ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (93 reviews)
Simply Amazing!
"Marcel and Christie have created a wonderful getaway experience for anyone looking to explore Lunenburg and the surrounding area. The Hilltop Retreat has spectacular views from every window and is well equipped with all the comforts of home. We absolutely loved our stay and would highly recommend ..."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Unique Oceanview Hilltop Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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