Friday, July 6, 2012

Traveling with Kids: Lunenburg

We set out after breakfast heading to the historic fishing Village of Lunenburg.
On December 6, 1995, Old Town Lunenburg was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Inscription on this List confirms the exceptional universal value of a cultural or natural site, which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity.

Old Town Lunenburg, founded in 1753, is an outstanding example of British colonial settlement in North America, in terms both of its conception as a model Town plan and its remarkable level of conservation. The Town's cultural evolution based on shipbuilding and the fishing industry can be seen in the buildings and spaces that exist throughout the Town.
Is this a family friendly place? Will our two youngest daughters 28 months and 10 months be bored and grumpy all day?


Touring around the town, there are lots of hills, so the stroller (or Pram as my Zimbabwean husband calls it) was a welcome addition to carry the two youngest, The hills are steep and the sidewalks are slim, so no room for a doddling toddler.

We explored the old buildings, found the dollar store to purchase forgotten sunhats, and enjoyed the scenery. When it was time for a picnic lunch, we found a wonderful little park right next to the Heritage Bandstand.

After a beautiful sunny morning and lunch, the rain started so we made our way to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. What a gem! It kept all of the girls occupied and intrigued for hours while it rained! The aquarium was a place I am sure the girls would have stayed all day, then they tried their hand at "ship building, and then just exploring all the museum had to offer. Our "almost 9 year old" loved all the information about the boat on the dime... the Bluenose.

One of my highlights of the day was being able to explore old fishing boats and a wooden schooner, set up as they would have been in their day. For someone who has lived in Alberta for most of my life, it was an awesome thing to experience!

We couldn't leave without seeing the Bluenose II, so this was our last stop of the day.

I was told that we could maybe spend 2 hours in Lunenburg with the kids, and we spent 6 and didn't see it all! It was a great family Day trip and would definitely go back!

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