Welcome to Lunenburg
The charming town of Lunenburg is one of the only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Filled with original colonial buildings and colourful façades, amazing restaurants, distilleries and breweries, artisans and unique shops, Lunenburg is ready to greet cruise visitors.
The partners in the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association are ready to welcome your ships to our harbours. For more information and to secure a berth please contact Laura Smith, Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
Things to do
Explore our rich and diverse fishing heritage
Plan a visit to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where you’ll unfold the truths of our fishing heritage that is heavily entwined with our coastal culture. An iconic feature of the Lunenburg waterfront, the galleries tell the stories of the Mi’kmaq fishery, the inshore fishery, the spin-off industries, the bank fishery, the Bluenose, stormy seas, safety at sea and community life. And don’t forget to check out the fascinating aquarium.
The Bluenose II – a must see
Built in 1963, the Bluenose II is an exact replica of the famed schooner Bluenose, which became a national icon after racing undefeated for the International Fishermen’s Cup in 1938.
Who doesn’t love a visit to an artisanal micro-distillery? With the name coming from the circa 1893 marine blacksmith’s shop it calls home, Ironworks crafts spirits with the same love of traditional methods and attention to detail. Stop in to see how it’s done and enjoy a complimentary taste.
Bluenose Golf Club
With spectacular waterside views of the town, golfing this challenging 9-hole, par 35, 2,592-yard course is the perfect way to spend a day in Lunenburg.
In and Around Lunenburg
Explore the walkable, picturesque waterfront and downtown filled with colourful buildings, an abundance of art, galleries and boutiques, and incredible restaurants, distilleries and breweries.
St. John’s Anglican Church
Deeply rooted in the rich history of the Anglican tradition and built in 1753, St. John’s has an incredible, dramatic exterior and an even more incredible interior. Stop by for a tour of this beautiful church.
The Lunenburg Academy
Built between 1893-1895, and designed by well-known New Brunswick architect, H.H. Mott, the Academy is a massive, three-storey wooden Victorian building visible from most viewpoints when approaching Lunenburg. It’s commonly referred to as “the Castle on the Hill” and at night, it’s a sight to see, with four massive spotlights shining brightly upon it. Take in the history and heritage of this local and national landmark.
Eat your way through Lunenburg
The colourful town is spilling over with dining options. The Grand Banker is the perfect spot for a hamburger topped with lobster and bacon-wrapped scallops. Or if you’re looking for award-winning seafood chowder, Salt Shaker Deli is the place to be. For any and all things seafood, there’s South Shore Fish Shack. Don’t forget Lincoln Street Food for farmers’ market-inspired dishes. And all of these restaurants are located among many more incredible spots!