Not all cityscapes have to be of cities.
Specifically, Lunenburg. Ideally, from the water or the Bluenose Golf Course, so you’re not wandering around town looking for this shot (though that is suggested).
The town of around 2,200 is one of the most idyllic settlements in, well, the world. And I am definitely not the only one that thinks that. Virtually every list of places to visit in Canada suggests it, as long as you can make it to the Maritimes.
It’s also home to one of Nova Scotia’s (and Canada’s) most famous…things. The Bluenose (aka that boat on the dime) was built here, a ship famed for it’s fishing prowess and speed, winning international acclaim when those things would do that. While the original is on the ocean floor, a replica now calls Lunenburg its home port.
The little town is also dripping in history, so once the postcard-worthy shot is taken from across the water, there’s plenty to search for around the village itself.
The fishing (and now tourism) community was founded in 1753 when the British were trying to build their dominance in the area after disputes/violence with the French and local Mi’kmaq people. That’s the watered down version. Since then it’s retained a lot of the old times/old world charm that’s relatively rare in Canada.
From a point across Lunenburg Harbour, you can see the docks and brightly painted historic waterfront of the village, now a UNESCO Heritage Site (thanks to its colonial heritage). That includes museums, homes and a church, thanks to a slight rise in the geography leading away from shore. There are a variety of harbours and other bodies of water though, so really you’re aiming for the Bluenose golf course.
Getting to Lunenburg is fairly easy, being that it’s a major tourism destination. By car it’s about an hour out side of Halifax. There are also private bus companies that have tour options from Halifax.
TripAdvisor doesn’t really rate the town itself as a thing to do, though St. John’s Anglican Church is 18th in things to do in Nova Scotia, so that gives you an idea of how the whole community might rate. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as mentioned before, and a National Historic Site.
The city’s site can be found here.
Editor’s Notes —This is an updated version of the post I published last year when I took the first swing at this project.