Lunenburg

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Introduction

Lunenburg is home to the most famous Canadian tall-ship, the Bluenose II. Designated as an United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage site, this vibrant community still thrives on its farming, fishing and shipbuilding. More information availabe from the Tourism Nova Scotia's Lunenburg Guide

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Sights and Activities

  • Bluenose II. A replica of the original Bluenose featured on the flipside of Canadian dimes, spends much of the season in Lunenburg, where she was built. When she's in port, two-hour morning and afternoon cruises are available.
  • The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic commemorates Atlantic Canada's fishing tradition with exhibits that include the schooner Theresa E. Connor, an aquarium featuring native species, a working boat building shop, and the steel-hulled side trawler Cape Sable. Guided tours are available in the summer season.
  • Lunenburg Academy. Built 1894-95, Lunenburg Academy has been designated a Provincial Heritage Property.
  • Sophie McLachlan's grave, Kaulbach Street. In 1879, fourteen-year-old Sophie McLachlan was accused of stealing $10 from her employer, a significant amount of money at the time. Everyone, including Sophie's own mother believed her accuser. Sophie suffered from increasingly debilitating bouts of anxiety. She always maintained her innocence, and at the end managed to write a letter citing Biblical passages relating to unjust persecution and forgiveness, and stating that she did forgive her accusers. Officially, she died of "a paralyzed heart brought on by extreme agitation and peculiar circumstances" A few months later, due to public interest and the high profile nature of her death, the son of her accusing employer confessed to the theft. Her grave now lies in a pleasant cemetery next to the Lunenburg Academy. There is a marker telling her story along with a wrought iron heart being pulled in two by the chains attaching it to the short fence surrounding her plot.

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Getting There

By Car

From Halifax, get on Highway 102 North (Bayers Rd.), then take Exit 1A toward Highway 3/Highway 333/Peggy's Cove/South Shore/Yarmouth. Merge onto Highway 103 West, then get off at Exit 11 (Highway 324.) Turn left on the 324 (Cornwall Rd.) for Lunenburg. For a longer, more scenic drive, take the Lighthouse Route (Highway 3), which goes along the coast and directly through Lunenburg.

From Yarmouth, take Highway 103 E to Exit 11.

By Bus

Trius Tours operates a daily bus service between the Halifax Via Rail station (6040 Almon St.) and Mike's Kwik-Way in Lunenburg.

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Getting Around

There is no public transportation in Lunenburg, but it is small enough to be explored on foot. Trot in Time, located outside the Fisheries Museum, gives tours of the town in horse-drawn buggies from May to October. Lunenburg Town Walking Tours run by local historian, Eric Croft, provide a look at the town's history as you walk through it.

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Eat

  • Magnolia's Grill, 128 Montague Street, ☎ +1 902-634-3287. Old world look, with small bar/waiting area and busy twenty-seat restaurant (get there early and put your name on the waiting list). Small menu with a daily changing list of specials; including fish, seafood, vegetarian and other delights. Seasonal. $15-30.
  • Wheelhouse Motel & Dining Room, 31 Knickle Road, ☎ +1 902-634-3353, toll-free: +1-877-997-9972, fax: +1 902-634-7141. Lobster/seafood restaurant. Two-story motel, eighteen rooms with four piece baths, clock radios, fans, colour cable TV and wireless Internet.

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Sleep

  • Bluenose Lodge:Victorian Inn & Suites c., toll-free: +1-800-565-8851. Tastefully restored Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn (circa 1863) originally built as a single family dwelling for prominent sea merchant/builders Morash & Eisnor. Smoke free, no pets.
  • Kip & Kaboodle. The Nova Scotia's Backpacker's Hostel is located 7 km from Lunenburg and 3 km from Mahone Bay. It's a small, friendly and inexpensive hostel run by a very nice couple, and an awfully sweet cat. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, nearby hiking trails and shuttle service to Mahone Bay and Lunenburg.
  • Lennox Inn, 69 Fox Street, toll-free: +1-888-379-7605. B&B dating from 1791. Claims to be Canada's oldest inn.
  • Boscawen Inn, 150 Cumberland St. This Victorian mansion was built in 1888 by Senator H.A.N. Kaulbach, one of the most influential figures in Lunenburg's history. The Boscawen Inn has seventeen rooms, located on three levels. Additionally it offers conference and banquet facilities.
  • 1880 Kaulbach House (Kaulbach Inn), 75 Pelham St, toll-free: +1-800-568-8818. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Bed and breakfast inside historic Kaulbach home. Each room has a private bath, TV and DVD player; there is a small selection of DVDs available in the parlour. A three course breakfast, served at 8:30AM, is set to classical music. $100-170.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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