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Lunenberg – A Gem

July 23, 2019

Lunenburg – what a gem. Or is it just that we need a small town with a few services and a comfortable and safe anchorage to just kick back a little.

Despite the cutesy aspects of Lunenburg we were impressed at how vital the shoreline was with many of the old boat and fishing related activities keeping the town real and not simply a place for the enjoyment of tourists.

Fish of Lunenburg

We would sit out on deck under good weather and every afternoon watch the sailboats weaving in and out of the harbour. Some were taking the tourists out for sail but many were locals out enjoying the late beginnings of summer weather.

We could have stayed in Lunenburg the entire summer as the anchorage was good, the sun shone and the Mahone Bay cruising grounds lay close by.

Across the bay lies Lunenburg

Our stay was highlighted by a visit from my brother and a friend of a friend, Sue, who spent the day driving us around discovering where to get propane, where to store the boat for the winter and having a drive around complete with a short ferry trip across the La Have River.

Connie and Sue


La Have River ferry


Saturday morning market

Saturday was market day – and boy were we surprised. Held in the local arena there were great pickings. Everything from lambskins to eggplants and beyond. It was way larger than we were expecting and a great place to talk to locals since there was little advertising so generally tourists were not aware of what was happening.

Being so picturesque Lunenburg attracts a lot of tourists. There are some great arts and craft stores, good restaurants and a vodka distillery – Ironworks. I think we’ll return.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2019 13:39

    Avoid the Salt Shaker Deli and Inn. I was seriously food poisoned from soup at the restaurant.


  2. July 23, 2019 13:48

    Well and true…back to the real ting! Too bad the foundry is gone, but the distillery looks like a fine (Or is dat foin?)substitute. Glad you’ve finally hit some good weather.
    There should be three weeks of it.


    • July 23, 2019 13:50

      Just three weeks! Can’t you give us a few more before the snow falls?

  3. Shauna Johnson permalink
    July 23, 2019 15:15

    Lunenburg sounds perfect for you, Connie and Sage! Cam and I travelled around Nova Scotia 5 years ago and we also loved the area, especially Mahone Bay and Lunenburg! Have you toured the Bluenose yet?

    • July 23, 2019 16:14

      Boo hoo Bluenose is in Toronto.Tony GibbPh:

  4. July 23, 2019 17:30

    Hi U 2,
    We too loved Lunenburg!
    we stayed in the RP park on top of the hill.
    There was a GREAT cook shop in a wildly painted green store.
    Thanks for the pictures of Sue and Connie looking so serious.
    I thought you were in Cape Breton??
    Annie B.

  5. Jamie Furlong permalink
    July 23, 2019 20:24

    Hey guys! Doing some catching up on your blog, hope you’re both well. Just wanted to comment on that shot looking across the bay. It looks beautiful! Just don’t make the distillery a habit 😉

  6. Barrie permalink
    July 23, 2019 21:21

    Our first sailboat was built in Mahone Bay, a Mic Mac 26, built by McVay Fiberglass Yachts. It is on my “Bucket List” to visit. Colour me green thet you made it there before me. A sweeter pocket cruiser has never been made. Wishing you fair winds and calm anchorages. Barrie and Sandra, SV Passat II

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