Let us be your guide and explore the rich history of the south shore and partake in a little of it yourself.
Departing your local accommodator or cruise dock We’ll make our way directly to the south shore. We will drive through Mahone Bay, a picture-perfect postcard town noted for its three churches, it’s extremely fine harbour that leads out into the Atlantic, and also for its specialty shops and eateries. Some say it is the finest romantic weekend getaway spot in Nova Scotia.
Our destination today is the Town of Lunenburg which was founded in 1753 and known as the fishing capital of the world as well as the home port of both the original, world-famous fishing schooner, Bluenose, and its replica, The Bluenose II. The town has been designated a United Nations World Heritage Site. The town is noted for its unique architecture, including the Lunenburg bump, Lunenburg has also served as the scene of the popular Jesse Stone CBS movies of the week as well as Stephen King’s television show Haven. It is also home to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.
Docked next to the Fisheries Museum to board a working lobster boat which has been converted into a comfortable tour boat for the summer. The boat offers comfortable seating, washroom facilities, and comes equipped with a canopy for those who wish to enjoy the sea with a bit of shade! Your two-hour (+/-) lobster fishing adventure starts at the dock with introductions of the crew, an overview of the features of the boat, and a thorough review of safety procedures.
Once you’re onboard, you'll have a brief look at the historic Lunenburg waterfront as you head out to sea to a point where the professional lobster crew will stop to haul up six lobster traps from the ocean's floor. The catch may include lobsters, starfish, crabs and other sea creatures. The crew will tell you about the many different styles of lobster traps, describe in detail the lobster life cycle (including moulting), survival, and conservation. During your time on the boat, through 'fishing stories' and sometimes 'spinning of a yarn' or two, you will gain insight into the heritage, culture, and history of this distinctive area of Nova Scotia.
On the return portion of your journey, you'll pass by a number of scenic islands and narrow passageways, and see the historic and scenic Blue Rocks. For much of its history, it was originally a fishing village but beginning in the 1940s, it was discovered by many artists and photographers including Joseph Purcell, William E. deGarthe, Jack L. Gray, Wallace R. MacKaskill and others.
The village boasts of many artists to this day. Additionally, there are also numerous guest houses to be found among the fishermen's dwellings. Be sure to keep your camera at the ready throughout the entire voyage as scenic photographic opportunities are at hand every minute including the Battery Point Lighthouse which you’ll see on your return to Lunenburg Harbour.
Following our tour, you will have time to briefly explore this unique port on your own, and perhaps enjoy some lobster for lunch before we begin our return journey to the cruise ship dock or your local accommodator in Halifax.
The private, pre-booked L Is For Lobster Tour will take approximately 6.5 to 7.0 hours (+/-) and is fully narrated by your driver/guide.