July 27, 2017, 89.0 miles
Lunenburg Board of Trade Campground, Lunenburg, NS
We arrived in Lunenburg early in the afternoon, our campground was on top of a hill, we were following GPS, and our log book, there was a campground sign that points right, GPS and log book says go straight, we go straight, we are now on the downhill side heading into a very narrow car lined street going into down!! Now What? We stop on the side of the street just before a line of cars, proceed to unhook the truck, so we can turn around, all the while a man up the hill on his back deck, yelling down “you missed the turn”! All we could do was laugh.!! Instead of turning around, Guy decides to back into the other lane and back this beast of 45′ coach up the hill…wish I could have taken a picture….he gets far enough up that he can make the right turn and off we go to the campground. The guy on the deck just standing there with his mouth open, shaking his head.
Our site was over looking the water, with a wonderful ocean breeze, the air had a fall crispness to it, we could see the bay thru the trees, the smell was so fragrant from wild roses that grew behind our coach. We could not hear the crashing of the waves but knew they were waiting for us to go check out.
The town of Lunenburg began in 1753 when the Germans and Swiss settled here. The founding families were known as Foreign Protestants, mainly German speaking with a strong ethic. They survived then thrived, moving from farming and into fishing. In 1995 the United Nations designated Lunenburg Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The purpose of the organization is to, “contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific and cultural reforms…” The designation ensures protection for much of Lunenburg’s unique architecture and civic design, planned by the British colonial settlement and its authenticity as a working town. The entire 48 blocks of Old Town Lunenburg is also a National Historic District.
The houses are of the Cape Cod style to stately Georgians and Victorians. You can see the German, French, English and Dutch influence in the town with the food, local wines, art and architectures. The colors are amazing, and so vibrant.
Each house has its own style and color, very steep pitched roofs, textured shingles on the walls, porches, and asymmetrical designs, with towers and turrets, with lots of gingerbread trim. The streets are very narrow allowing one car at a time to pass, the houses and business sit on the sidewalk or on the curb, sitting so close together they almost touch.
The waterfront is still a working marina with many large fishing boats, coming and going. The waterfront is beautiful, looking across the bay you see the golf course on the hill, with the sailboats sitting at anchor. There were a few wooden sailboats with colorful sails just peacefully bobbing at their anchor. Across from the harbor are many restaurants, shopping as well as the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
Our first stop of the day was to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, the group divided into two groups each with a docent to explain about the Blue Nose Racing Schooner. The museum helps to provide you with information about life in a fishing village and discover life at sea. The museum has 3 floors, with an aquarium and artifacts and exhibits. In the harbor the schooner, Theresa E. Conner and the trawler, Cape Sable are there for you to explore to experience what life about would be like.
One of the exhibits told the story of the Bluenose schooner. The town of Lunenburg is the birthday place of the Bluenose, a famous schooner fishing vessel. It was built in 1921, and nicknamed “Queen of the North Atlantic”. She was used for fishing for many years and also as a racing schooner. She was wrecked in 1946 and the Bluenose ll was built 1963 to take her place. Fishing schooners became obsolete during the 1930’s and replaced by motor schooners. In 1942 she was sold to the West Indies Trading Company, the vessel was stripped of masts and rigging and started carrying cargo between islands. In 1946, she hit a coral reef and was abandoned on a reef. The Bluenose image is on the Canadian dime. Bluenose was the undefeated champion of the North Atlantic fishing fleet and winner of four international schooner races.
After checking out the schooners we hooked back up with Sharon and Steve and decided it was time for lunch, hiking up the hill looking for some seafood. There were many restaurants to pick from but The Fish Shack had what we wanted, fish and chips, with outdoor seating overlooking the harbor.
Our map showed that there was blue rocks along the coastline, it sounded interesting, so we headed in that direction. We found a wonderful coastline, but no blue rocks, stoping along the road to take pictures, a local man came, we asked where were the Blue Rocks?Come to find out…we were looking at it…Blue Rocks was the fishing village we were taking pictures of. We drove to the end of the road took a few more pictures of the beautiful area, it was exactly what you wanted a New England village to look like.
We heard that at 7:00pm down at the harbor there would be a free concert, Paul and Steve asked if we wanted to walk down and listen. Most people had taken their own chairs, but we had not thought to bring any, luckily, there was some stadium seating where we found seats. We did not stay long as it turned out to be some musicians playing “Scottish/Irish music” with a few women teaching the crowd how to dance to the music.
Off we went to find an adult beverage, and something to eat. Steve, Paul and I decided on desert, while Guy choose a ceasar salad with scollops…dang he sure scored…we tasted his scollops…yum!!!
Tomorrow is another travel day, we head off to Halifax, NS, we have heard that the tall ships will be there in the harbor, and that we will be taking a trip in one of the schooners. Wahoo!!
Some of the houses in town
Most of the homes in town are so close to the street that there is no sidewalk and the steps of the homes go right into the street. There is a reason for this, many years ago your taxes were decided on how much property you had for a front yard, not wanting to pay lots in taxes the homes were built right up to the street. It didn’t matter how much you had in the back, just the front yard.
So stay tuned to our adventure next in Halifax, NS, but in the meantime, y’all have a Blessed day!