Picturesque Lunenburg, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies nestled on the southern shore of Nova Scotia. Begun in 1752 it is the best example of a planned British colonial settlement in Canada. Originally settled by farmers who could not farm this rocky terrain they learned fishing and became excellent shipbuilders and over the years the town prospered. This is reflected in the fine architecture that has been completely preserved in the historic center of the town, albeit it is certainly much more colorful now than it had been originally. Crayola colors have been applied to some of the houses that give the town a jewel like appearance.
The municipality of Lunenburg runs a city campground on the top of a hill overlooking the historic center of the town. We spent 5 nights there and made it our mission to explore every street of this marvelous town, walking two streets every morning and two different streets in the evening. That made it possible to see all the town and get our exercise at the same time.
One of our favorite times on our trip thus far was when we drove to the little community of Blue Rocks, about 8 km from Lunenburg and met with Carl the owner of Pleasant Paddling. He took us and one other boat on a 4 hour paddle through a maze of islands accessible only by kayak. We stopped for a brief lunch and then paddled near a seal colony situated on a rocky outcrop, where a few brave ones came out to get a closer look at us. By then the wind had come up and the boats were rocking, so no good pictures and a hard paddle back to the shelter of the rocks. It was a fabulous morning and we thoroughly recommend this trip to everyone. He had shorter trips than ours and no kayaking experience is necessary.
Also near Lunenburg is the little village of Mahone Bay, famous for having three beautiful heritage churches located in a row at water’s edge.
We decided to spend our last evening aboard the 48 foot sailboat Eastern Star, which took us a 2 hour sunset cruise. It was the perfect way to end our stay in this great little town.