Lunenburg

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Lunenburg featuring a house
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, B0J 2C0
The price is $92 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$92
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this 3-star inn in Lunenburg. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (264 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful staff. Clean and comfortable room. Quiet area with great view. Convenient restaurant with good food."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

The Dockside Inn & Restaurant
Smugglers Cove Inn
Smugglers Cove Inn
4 out of 5
139 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS, B0J 2C0
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $121 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$121
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lunenburg. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and concierge services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (412 reviews)
Nice spot!
"Beautiful room with a shared balcony."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Smugglers Cove Inn
Salt Shaker Deli & Inn
Salt Shaker Deli & Inn
3.5 out of 5
126 Montague St, Lunenburg, NS, B0J 2C0
The price is $104 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$104
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 3.5-star inn in Lunenburg. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (154 reviews)
Recommend
"Great"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Salt Shaker Deli & Inn
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Cherry Tree Loft Apartment
Cherry Tree Loft Apartment
3.5 out of 5
182 Pelham Street, Lunenburg, NS, B0J 2C0
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Lunenburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Wish we stayed longer!
"Admittedly, I was curious about what the loft style apartment would look like/be like. Check in was easy and when you enter the space you walk into a fully equipped kitchen (stove, fridge, coffee pot utensils). You go upstairs (they are steep) and there will be a bathroom, living room and bedroom. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2017

Cherry Tree Loft Apartment
B2 Lofts
B2 Lofts
4 out of 5
160 Montague St, Lunenburg, NS, B0J 2C0
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Lunenburg. Enjoy free WiFi, Netflix, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Knaut Rhuland House Museum and Gallery @ theLinc are ...
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
*NEW* South Shore 3 bd 1.5 bath home
*NEW* South Shore 3 bd 1.5 bath home
Lunenburg, NS
Stay at this vacation home in Lunenburg. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Pearl Theatre and Halifax and Southwestern Railway Museum ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Lovely Lunenburg Stay
"The Bluenose Bungalow was an absolute gem! Spotlessly clean, well outfitted, so close to the centre of town.... we loved our stay there. Highly recommend it."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

*NEW* South Shore 3 bd 1.5 bath home
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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