Local Attractions

Lunenburg

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One of the most popular travel destinations in Canada is just 30 minutes away. Lunenburg offers everything you would expect in a charming seaside town in Nova Scotia. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg is the perfect day trip destination.

There are museums that preserve the ancient shipbuilding and fishing traditions of the town, unique craft shops and street artisans, a variety of first-class restaurants and retail shops, numerous pubs that promote craft beer and local cuisine and several businesses along the picturesque waterfront that provide historic harbour tours, whale watching and sailing adventures.

And of course, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is home to the schooner, Bluenose II, the province’s Sailing Ambassador. When it’s in port, you can tour it, sail on it, and marvel at its construction. The original Bluenose, build in Lunenburg in 1919 was considered one of the fastest ships on the sea, winning race after race until it finally succumbed to a reef off the coast of Haiti. No trace of the famous schooner was ever found.

Old Town Lunenburg is the epitome of Nova Scotia and a destination you must explore, on our beautiful South Shore!

 

Cape LaHave Adventures

Cape LaHave Adventures is a company specializing in active nature experiences of the North Atlantic. It is the creation of Sarah Hrdlicka and Scott McCormack, passionate and skilled guides who believe in the worth of getting outside.

Cape LaHave Adventures want to facilitate your experience of gliding along the water’s surface in the presence of 80 million year old rock, of your heartbeat in the presence of coastal flora and fauna, and your excitement as you talk to a paddling friend in the fresh air. We invite you to join us for kayaking in the magical LaHave Islands in Nova Scotia, for a rejuvenating yoga session with Sarah, or for any of their special programmes and trips offered in a variety of superb locations. Whether you come alone, with family or friends, the team at Cape LaHave Adventure look forward to sharing their knowledge and love of adventurous outdoor experiences in these special places.

Experience the North Atlantic coast by self-propelled watercraft. Cape LaHave Adventures will run trips of a lifetime in one of the most renowned coastal paddling destinations on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, the LaHave Islands. The LaHave archipelago consists of over twenty islands that cover 100 square kilometres of pristine beaches, open ocean, protected waters, tight channels, expansive bays, coastal wilderness and signature Maritime fishing settlements. Travelling by sea kayak is an ideal way to experience this beautiful and dynamic coastal landscape and it’s wildlife. No Experience is necessary!

 

Petite Rivière Winery 

petite-reviere wineryThis French inspired Winery located just 20 minutes down the road on the Lighthouse Route.  It is one of the oldest wine growing region in North America with vineyards dating back to the 1630’s.  The area has a unique terroir framed by the Lunenburg County’s rocky soil and the long growing season enhanced by the ocean’s Gulf Stream. It is ideal for making bold fruity wines. Petite, as it is called by its customers, is most famous for its Reds.  You can easily fill a day in Petite visiting the antique shopsrug hooking studios and art galleries.

 

The Blue Nose & The Tall Ships:
Rendez-vous 2017

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The Blue Nose II along with more than 40 Tall Ships will be sailing Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017. They are scheduled to stop at host ports in Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes, giving thousands of people the opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas.

  • Pictou: June 30 to July 2, 2017
  • Pugwash: June 30 to July 2, 2017
  • Port Hawkesbury: June 30 to July 2, 2017
  • Halifax: July 29 to August 1st, 2017
  • Sydney: August 4 to August 6, 2017
  • St. Peter’s: August 4 to August 6, 2017
  • Louisbourg: August 4 to August 6, 2017
  • Lunenburg: August 10 to August 12, 2017
  • Shelburne: August 14 to August 15, 2017
  • Digby: August 15 to August 16, 2017
  • Annapolis Royal Sail Past: August 16, 2017 (stop only)

 

Oak Island

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For over 200 years, Oak Island, Nova Scotia has enthralled, delighted and frustrated those who have dug in its famous Money Pit looking for the renowned Oak Island Treasure.

Located only 30 minutes away from The Lighthouse, Oak Island is one of over 350 islands that dot picturesque Mahone Bay. This unassuming dot of land was paid little attention until 1795, when a teenaged boy discovered a circular depression in the ground and started digging. As he and his friends dug, they discovered layers of logs and what were believed to be pick scrapings along the walls of the pit. Soon after, another group of treasure seekers took over, convinced that the so-called ‘Money Pit’ was the site of long-lost buried treasure, possibly belonging to Captain Kidd or Blackbeard. They even claimed to have found a flagstone etched with symbols that, according to an amateur cryptologist, translated into “forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried”. However, persistent flooding forced the group to abandon their search.

Over the past 200 years, despite the difficulties and risks (six men have died while digging), there have been many determined efforts to find Oak Island’s treasure, even attracting the interest of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Fast forward to present day, Oak Island has earned a cult following thanks to the History Channel’s reality show The Curse of Oak Island.

The island is privately owned and visitation is only through guided tours but the search for treasure continues and likely won’t stop until the mystery of the Money Pit is solved.

 

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

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Generations of families have paddled, hiked, camped, and connected with nature and Mi’kmaw culture at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. When the sun sets, the skies over Kejimkujik reveal a beautiful panorama of tens of thousands of stars in Nova Scotia’s only Dark Sky Preserve. Rock engravings known as petroglyphs, traditional encampment areas, and canoe routes attest to the presence of the Mi’kmaw people for thousands of years.  Located one hour from The Lighthouse.

 

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

Kejimujik National Park Seaside is a seperate protected wilderness on the Atlantic coast where you can experience pristine white sand beaches, astounding turquoise waters, coastal bogs, abundant wildflowers, rich lagoon systems, and coastal wildlife. Located 50 minutes south from The Lighthouse.

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