Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Lunenburg, NS, Canada

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Sleeping in history in Lunenburg

Lunenburg vacation rentals are your chance to bed down in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famed for its colonial relics dating to the age of British rule in Eastern Canada, the town is packed with handsome timber-faced cottages and shipping shacks. They glow white and red above the sloshing waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and sometimes you can spy the outlines of famous seafaring vessels like the Bluenose II between the harbors. Days can be spent unraveling the rich maritime history of Nova Scotia, kayaking rugged coastal landscapes or even seeking glimpses of whales out at sea.

Sails ahoy in Lunenburg

Lunenburg is all about life by the ocean. Even the activities on land are intimately linked to the city's seafaring past. Walking tours of the Old Town are a must, to get a grip on the English colonial foundations of the place. Perhaps then you could board the boats and take a trip across the Atlantic swells on a marine safari _ expect whales and rare sea birds aplenty. Lunenburg vacation rentals are also a base for thalassotherapy sessions in local spas, or seascape painting workshops with local Nova Scotia artists.

Ships and seafaring museums in Lunenburg

Don't forget that Lunenburg itself is an attraction. Designated as a UNESCO site, the Old Town and the harbor district are like a living museum of British colonial and seafaring relics. You can bolster all that heritage with a jaunt to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, which has replica schooners and captains' rooms from old trawlers on the ocean. A trip on the Bluenose II is a must for many, too. That re-creation of the original Bluenose is a veritable national symbol of Canada and the most famous museum ship in Nova Scotia for sure.

When to anchors aweigh in Lunenburg

Many of Lunenburg's seafaring attractions are seasonal these days. They open in earnest for the warmer months of the year between May and September, when the weather is most pleasant and the ocean most navigable. That means Lunenburg vacation rentals are also in high demand during the summer months, attracting history buffs and sailors by the bucket load when conditions are favorable. A trip in fall usually means lower rates and persisting good weather, not to mention a great chance of spotting whales out at sea.

The salt breezes and shores of Lunenburg

Lunenburg is often seen as one of the gateways to the beautiful south-east coast of Nova Scotia. Just a short boat ride from the historic harbors here will open up a water world of splashing whale fins and curious marine creatures. Go south and it's the gorgeous Kejimkujik National Park Seaside that comes into play. There, you can wander sandy beaches _ just check out the postcard-perfect Saint Catherines River Beach _ encircled by rock-ribbed cliffs, and spy out glimpses of rare seabirds in the dunes.