Then explore historic Lunenburg's narrow streets on foot, visit its historic churches and examine the Victorian architecture of the Old Town. The town's picture-postcard harbor, its colorful waterfront and the homes of flamboyant sea captains reflect its seafaring heritage. Many of these beautifully maintained homes were on the original town plan, established in 1753, the first British colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside Halifax. Later, a vibrant economy was built on farming, fishing, shipbuilding and trade, particularly with the West Indies. The renowned fishing and racing schooner Bluenose was built here in 1912, as was the replica Bluenose II in 1963.
Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Old Fish Factory in Lunenburg.Afternoon: On a field trip to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, a local expert will give us an introduction to fresh and saltwater marine life as we explore aquariums and identify native fish. Several tanks allow us to get up close with freshwater and saltwater species. Participants will learn about shipbuilding, marine vessels of the past and maritime fishing communities. A number of authentic fishing vessels are moored along the wharf for us to explore. We head back to Halifax for the night.Dinner: Dinner in Halifax.Evening: Free time after dinner.Lodging: Atlantica Hotel HalifaxMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At Spencer’s Island, we stop to view the Mary Celeste monument. One of the greatest legends of the sea is the mystery of this Canadian built brigantine, which according to common knowledge was discovered at sea totally deserted. The master and crew had suddenly vanished into thin air.Lunch: Lunch in the field.Afternoon: Join trained staff in a presentation at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the Bay of Fundy, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Walk through Coal Age fossil forests, discover ancient river channels and trace fossils made by meter long insects. The cliffs are home to some of the world’s oldest reptile fossils, which were found in the upright trunks exposed by the tides of the Bay of Fundy. The Interpretation Centre features the world’s largest collection of 300-million-year-old fossils as well as exhibits of trilobites, brachiopods, bivalves, gastropods and fish fossils from around the world.Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.Lodging: The Sunshine InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner