Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

In 1995 UNESCO designated Lunenburg as a World Heritage Site, one of only two cities in North America so honored (the other is Quebec City). It is considered an excellent example of a planned British colonial settlement. The town was laid out in a rectangular grid with narrow streets and garden plots. The protestant German, Swiss, and French immigrants recruited by the British to settle the town in 1753 quickly discovered that this site was not conducive to agriculture and they adapted to embrace fishing and shipbuilding. Their influence is apparent in the town’s architectural details. St. John’s Anglican Church, established in 1754, was destroyed by fire in 2001 but has now been rebuilt. Lunenburg Academy, dating to 1885, is a distinctive black and white wooden building. Originally a high school, it is now the local elementary school. The informative Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic includes two ships and several waterfront buildings with exhibits on shipbuilding, seafaring, and marine biology. The Bluenose, the undefeated champion of the North Atlantic Fishing Fleet and the winner of four international schooner races from 1921 to 1931, was built in Lunenburg.

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

Peggy’s Cove is one of several fishing villages built around the snug harbors of the craggy south coast. Huge granite boulders are scattered throughout the village. An old lighthouse standing on a massive granite ledge and fishing boats moored along weatherworn wharves create an ideal atmosphere for the photographer. On September 2, 1998, Swissair Flight 111 crashed about two miles south, killing all 229 onboard. A well-designed memorial commemorates the site with 111 notched in a granite boulder looking toward the location of the crash. Another quaint seacoast village is Mahone Bay with its art, craft, and antique shops (but don’t forget to check out a grocery store, too) and a picturesque shoreline of stones and boulders.

Good hiking awaits those who venture across the rocks of Hartling Bay and through the woods to Gaff Point. For another great outing, take the ferry from Chester to explore Big Tanook Island.