Lunenburg

Travel Guide
Lunenburg showing 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.

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 CA $75 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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! (234 reviews)
"Right across the street from the harbor and close to many restaurants."

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2022

Brigantine Inn & Suites
Rum Runner Inn
Rum Runner Inn
4 out of 5
66 Montague Street, Lunenburg, NS
The price is CA $139 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
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! (586 reviews)
"The room was very cosy and clean The only thing I hated was your TV service. Very strange. I couldn’t figure out how to use it. I needed a regular tv with channels."

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Rum Runner Inn
Atlantic View Motel and Cottages
Atlantic View Motel and Cottages
3 out of 5
230 Mason's Beach Road, RR#2, Lunenburg, NS
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! (235 reviews)
"Good room. The stand-in shower is quite small though, but overall it was a good place to stay after a long day of going around places."

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

Atlantic View Motel and Cottages
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.
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
Cherry Tree Loft Apartment
Cherry Tree Loft Apartment
3.5 out of 5
182 Pelham Street, Lunenburg, NS
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is steps from Heckman-Morash House and Gallery @ theLinc. Knaut Rhuland House Museum and Lunenburg Opera House ...
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
One bedroom fully equipped Mahone Bay luxury cottage
One bedroom fully equipped Mahone Bay luxury cottage
Mahone Bay, NS
Situated by the sea, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Mahone Bay Settlers Museum and Mahone Bay Swimming Pool. Bluenose II and St John's Anglican Church ...
5/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Excellence in the details
"A lovely stay in a purpose built property executed by a master. Well done!"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2022

One bedroom fully equipped Mahone Bay luxury cottage
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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