Lunenburg Guided Walking Tour and Free Time in Mahone Bay
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Lunenburg: Your kilted guide will share the history of "New Scotland's" largest fishing fleet and the landmarks of the South Shore and Old Town, a World Heritage Site.
- Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic: Opt out of the guided walk to learn about intrepid fishermen and fearless rum-runners; peer into the aquarium and watch skilled boat builders at work.
- Mahone Bay: Big battles were fought in this little harbor town, now known for its church-lined coast, picturesque beauty, antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries.
About this Halifax, Nova Scotia tour
There's a reason Lunenburg was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site: It's the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Much of the town remains the same as when it was established in 1753 – the layout, the architecture, the tall ships moored off the port. Listen carefully and you might hear the clang of a blacksmith's hammer.
Named after the Royal House of Brunswick-Luneburg – from which the Hanoverian kings of England were descended – Lunenburg was the second British colonial "model" town (after Halifax). But with 1,453 German-speaking Protestants among the initial colonists, customs and language remained largely Germanic for many years.
Within a century, fishing and shipbuilding dominated the economy. The first fleet sent to the Grand Banks, one of the world's prime fishing grounds, came from Lunenburg. The "double dory" trawl fishing that revolutionized the industry was born in Lunenburg, and the village was at the forefront of fresh-fish processing. Today, not much has changed: Lunenburg is the base for Canada's largest fleet of deep-sea trawlers, and one of the handful of places in North America where traditional craftsmen still build ships and boats the old-fashioned way.
Tales from the grave
This tour includes the cheerfully elegant, "Second Empire"-style Lunenburg Academy. It's a delight to behold, but the cemetery behind it tells a sad story. In 1879, Sophie McLachlan, 14, was accused of stealing $10 from her employer – a big chunk of change at the time. Even Sophie's mother doubted her vehement claims of innocence. In deep anguish, she died of "a paralyzed heart brought on by extreme agitation and peculiar circumstances"; months later, the employer's son confessed.
Please proceed to the Pink Kiosk located at the front entrance of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Lower Water Street.
Choose between a guided walking tour of Lunenburg or entrance to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic on this experience. You may wish to bring Canadian currency or credit cards for any purchases. US dollars are not accepted at their true value everywhere.
To see all sites fully, plan to walk for 1.5 miles over gravel/paved paths up inclines and steps. You must be able to get on/off the bus without assistance. The amount of walking is at your discretion. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Cultural, Family Friendly, Bus Tour, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
This experience is operated by Gray Line.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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