Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Lunenburg Nova Scotia might be the most colourful coastal town in Canada

Lunenburg Nova Scotia is known for being a sought-after tourist destination only one hour from Halifax.

This colourful coastal town and UNESCO World Heritage Site is as picturesque in the winter time as it is during the summer.

A fresh snowfall over the historic landmarks and grand Victorian homes of Lunenburg adds to the charm. 

The streets – usually bustling with tourists in the warmer season – are quiet and perfectly serene this time of year.

Local favourites, Salt Shaker Deli and Knot Pub, are among the few restaurants that remain open year-round with the rest opening early May. 

The four square kilometres of narrow streets are perfect for exploring as they're littered with unique shops, galleries and restaurants. The food, culture, and architecture was influenced by the mix of European immigrants who settled here in the 17th century. 

Lunenburg is considered to be the best surviving planned British colonial town in North America and has hardly changed since it was established in 1753. It's characterised by the wooden buildings, which are painted in bright and vibrant colours. 

One of the town's many significant historical landmarks is the St. John's Anglican Church. The striking black and white steeple was founded in 1754 and was the second oldest in Canada until it was destroyed by a fire in 2001 and rebuilt. 

You'll have to return in May if you want to visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, which offers the ultimate maritime experience. Visit the retired fishing schooners, explore the aquarium and learn everything there is to know about what life was like on the open ocean. 

Lunenburg harbour is also the home port of the Bluenose II, a replica of the fishing boat-turned-racing schooner that has been featured on the Canadian dime since 1937. 

If you ever get the chance to explore the town of Lunenburg in the winter, you'll discover it has just as much charm and beauty to offer. Though there may be less to do during the cold season, it'll feel as if you have the town to yourself. 

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