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Lunenburg is one of Nova Scotia’s most historic towns, captivating visitors with its colorful waterfront, narrow streets and old wooden buildings.

This pretty town, lying on a narrow peninsula, was established by the British in 1753 as their first and only colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside Halifax.

Architecture of Lunenburg

The early settlers, from various parts of Europe, created a vibrant and stable economy built on farming, fishing, ship building and ocean-based commerce. Even now Lunenburg combines a healthy economy with a rich historical legacy, manifesting itself in brightly-painted wooden buildings that clamber up from the main harbor, ringed by an eclectic mix of old wooden churches and mansions.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lunenburg waterfront, Nova ScotiaToday the town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its principal attraction is the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic which houses a great aquarium, the record-breaking schooner Bluenose, and Theresa E. Connor, the last salt-bank schooner to fish from Lunenburg. Visitors can relive past glories by sailing on Bluenose II, a replica of the original vessel.

There are some excellent craft shops, art galleries and restaurants here: be sure to try the two local specialities, Solomon Grundy — marinated herrings with sour cream — and Lunenburg Sausage.

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    Accommodation choices for Lunenburg

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lunenburg. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Lunenburg Arms

      The Lunenburg Arms


      Located in the heart of Lunenburg, the Lunenburg Arms Hotel and Spa provides a comfortable, Maritime-themed stay with easy access to local attractions and restaurants. The hotel has more facilities than others in the area, including a well-reputed spa.

    • Mariner King Historic Inn, Lunenburg

      Mariner King Historic Inn


      Located in the core of Lunenburg, the Mariner King Inn is within a short walking distance of the seaside town’s cafés, restaurants and local attractions. This historic inn is named after King William, the first Britain to visit Nova Scotia and has a Georgian feel, with period furniture and plush fabrics.

    • Addington Arms B&B, Lunenburg

      Addington Arms B&B


      Set in the heart of Lunenburg, the Addington Arms B&B offers spacious rooms, just minutes from the waterfront, restaurants, cafés and art shops.