4) Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Just a 15-minute drive south from Mahone Bay is a town so picturesque it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunenburg’s characteristically narrow streets, 18th and 19th century architecture, and brightly colored houses have earned it a spot as one of only two urban towns in North America honored by UNESCO. Wandering around the attractive waterfront and taking in the iconic sights is a favorite pastime of visitors. Lunenburg is also famous for its “Bluenose” – a racing schooner that went undefeated for 17 years in international competitions. While the original is no longer in use, Lunenburg has recreated the legacy with “Bluenose II” – a tribute to the original’s glory days. Two-hour cruises aboard the replica run twice a day. There are other ways to get out on the water too; partake in a kayak and paddleboard tour, historic harbor tours, or chartered fishing trips.
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