Lunenburg Cruise Port

Port of Lunenburg: An Overview

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the pretty Nova Scotian port town of Lunenburg is best known as the birthplace of the famous Canadian schooner Bluenose, which gained fame after racing undefeated for 17 years in international competitions starting in 1921. But even before carpenters began hammering out Bluenose, the town had a historic start as one of the first planned British colonial settlements in North America (meaning the town's layout and overall appearance were determined and drawn up in England). Though a British settlement, most of the town's original inhabitants came from Germany, German-speaking Switzerland and Protestant areas of France.

The Old Town (also a National Historic Site of Canada) was established in 1753 and remains remarkably preserved; its many wooden homes, public buildings and churches (more than half of which date back to the 18th century), give Lunenburg much of its charm.

Don't Miss

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic: Located on the Lunenburg waterfront in a bright red building (you can't miss it), the museum offers two floors of exhibits detailing the history of fishing on Canada's Atlantic coast, as well as a 100-person theater showing films about marine ecology and the fishing life that was once so important throughout Nova Scotia. On the bottom floor is a small aquarium housing local fish life including American lobsters, Atlantic salmon, cod and more. There's even a touch tank for the little 'uns to get a feel of the local ecosystem. Outside the museum, your admission gets you onto the decks of two old fishing schooners.

Old Town: After visiting the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, take time to stroll some of the streets that make up old Lunenburg (it's a bit of an uphill climb) to take in the variety of architecture that earned the town its UNESCO designation.

Bluenose II: A replica of the original Bluenose. Built in 1963, the ship still races so it isn't always in the harbor.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The Canadian dollar is the official currency in Lunenburg. The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic accepts American dollars for admission.


English is the official language, though some locals still speak a distinct dialect known as Lunenburg English, which is a relic of its mostly German-speaking past.