Lunenburg – birthplace of the Bluenose

June 10, 2009

in Beyond Halifax (~ hour away), Halifax

Distance from Halifax: 98.4 km – about 1 hour 13 mins
Food Available: Absolutely – at museum and nearby streets
Child Friendly: Yes

Lunenburg – the town where the famous Bluenose I was built! It’s certainly worth the trip if you’re at all interested in the history, the tales and treasures of the fishing industry or seeing sea creatures up close the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. You can see fishing boats up close – even jump aboard! You can visit the Dory Shop and see the craftsmen making a dory – the traditional way.

Hold a baby starfish

Baby starfish on my hand

My children’s favourite is the aquarium – home to fish and sea creatures found locally in the ocean. In the aquarium section there is even a touch and feel open topped aquarium where you can pick up and hold a starfish or a sea urchin. This is the best part – picking up squirmy things – and they won’t poison you.

I find that the museum takes several hours to explore happily – even with small ones in tow. The museum has a restaurant which is very convenient for staving off tempers of hungry families and there are lots of eating options within a few blocks.

While you’re reading you might be interested in a few stories from long ago and some behind the scenes talk at the museum’s blog .

I found this video to help you picture the museum:

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