Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
103Trip End Oct 24, 2010
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It wasn't too cold last night - yay! Went downtown and have to say, Lunenburg is a gorgeous place. This historic town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Nova Scotia has so many amazing places to see and visit, so far it's my favorite province!
Lunenburg was first established in the first half of the 17th century and was an Acadian/ Mi’kmaq village named Mirligueche. Upon arriving in Halifax in 1749, Governor Edward Cornwallis sent troops to and had the village destroyed. Three years after the original settlement was destroyed, the British sent foreign protestants (mostly Germans, Swiss and French) to settle the area and renamed it Lunenburg.
I had purchased a Nova Scotia Museum pass so the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic was my first destination
The Fisheries Museum is great! You can tour a fishing schooner and trawler, they built boats, have an aquarium, exhibit about rum running and info on the Bluenose, of course. When I first got there, they had a presentation on how to launch a ship and right after a 'learn about lobsters' talk. I got to hold Lily the lobster. Sometimes I think lobsters are really cute then...rather alien-like. Unfortunately, the touch tank was closed - darn wanted to hold more sea creatures! I could have spent longer at the museum but needed to try to find the Bluenose II.
Lunenburg has long history of building wooden ships. The most famous is the world famous schooner Bluenose and her daughter Bluenose II. Bluenose II was dry docked for repairs and I knew the area...kinda. So went on a walk to try to get a glimpse of it. But...didn't find it.
It was a nice day, wandered up and down the streets into unique gift shops, up to the cenotaph
Got to Truro and stopped at the visitor info centre which also has the Glooscap Heritage Museum. I got there just before close so didn't have time to visit the museum but did get a pic of the 40 foot statue of Glooscap, the first human.
Found a hotel for the night, needed to pack up a parcel to send home!