Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic Entrance in Lunenburg, Nova ScotiaFishing is synonymous with the Maritimes, and a┬átrip to Nova Scotia isn’t really complete without a stop at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. Whether you’re a boat aficionado, curious about marine biology, or just want to touch some fish (yes, really), you’ll find something fascinating here. Continue reading

Nova Scotia icon Bluenose II sails again

The Bluenose II in her home port of Lunenburg, Nova ScotiaEver wonder why Nova Scotians are called buenosers? Yeah, me too. It turns out the fine folks in charge of the Bluenose II don’t know either, but the term originated in the 1700s and as a catch-all moniker for anything Nova Scotian, it was used to christen the original Bluenose. A racing ship launched in 1921, the Bluenose spent two decades undefeated. In 1963, the replica Bluenose II was launched, and it’s acted as an ambassador for Nova Scotia, and Canada, ever since. In 2009, a restoration was announced to ensure that our ambassador remained seaworthy… and she’s been out of commission ever since.

But, after a lengthy, controversial, and costly refurbishment, the Bluenose II is back in business. As luck would have it, we were in Lunenburg for the celebrations marking the start of the Bluenose II’s 2015 sailing season, and got to check out the deck of this Canadian icon for ourselves. Continue reading

Lobster Roll: Magnolia’s Grill, Lunenburg

Magnolia's Grill Lobster RollIf you haven’t been to Magnolia’s Grill in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia yet (or at all), I’d suggest now is a good time. Not only is it a consistently great restaurant, but on my visit last week they had lobster rolls. Delicious, delicious, lobster rolls. Pair it with the Mussels a la Provence appetizer, and you’ve got a delicious maritime feast! Continue reading