From $150.00/person

South Shore At Our Door

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

We start our day together at Hirtle Beach where our spectacular hike to Gaff Point begins. A beautiful stretch of soft sand where surfers can be seen catching the gentle break and locals come to relax during the summer weekends. Our travels take us through a coastal forest and barren headland as well as a number of coves where high rugged cliffs drop to the sea. A perfect place to spot whales and seals playing off the Atlantic coast. Before reaching the headland there lies a rocky beach which is easily one of Nova Scotia’s most interesting geological wonders. You’ll just have to join us to find out why!

The second half of our day takes us to lovely Lunenburg. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Lunenburg is one of the premier towns to visit when traveling to Nova Scotia. Founded on fishing and shipbuilding, this salt-air soaked town once produced a fishing schooner so fast, it not only became a championship racing vessel, but went on to become a national iconic treasure. That schooner would be known as the Bluenose. With a rich history, unique architecture and brightly colored houses, this quaint little ocean side town will leave a lasting impression on you.

  • Moderate Overall Difficulty
  • (8:30am-4:30pm) Tour Length
  • 7.0 km Walking Distance
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About Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

The Town of Lunenburg was formally established in 1753 as the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. These early settlers came from various parts of England, Germany, Switzerland, and France. The town has a history of being an important seaport and shipbuilding centre. There are now numerous small businesses and trade plants including High Liner Foods, which was at one point the largest fish plant in Canada. More than 200 years in fishing, ship-building and marine related industries has provided Lunenburg with a strong economic base and is now being replaced by art galleries and historic sites.

Nearby Mahone Bay was a commonplace for pirates and privateer raids here in this bay of 365 islands. The word “mahone” is derived from a French term for a low-lying craft used by pirates. Settlers built the town amid the natural surroundings of lush forests and clear streams, overlooking the sheltered harbour from atop gentle hills