This summer, Nova Scotia’s most famous schooner, the Bluenose II, will sail around the province as part of a tour called Sail Past Summer. Due to Covid-19 restrictions you won’t be able to board the ship, but rest assured, she will put on a magnificent display for any well-wishers who greet her from the shore. The Bluenose will sail past 26 communities in southwestern Nova Scotia, the South Shore, Halifax Regional Municipality and Cape Breton. It will also sail along parts of the coast of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Here are 5 great places to see the Bluenose II this summer, with a few recommendations for what to do while you’re there.
July 25th – 27th, August 11th – 14th, August 24th – 27th, September 14th onwards
Lunenburg is the home of the Bluenose, so she’ll be there quite often this summer. While you’re in town check out the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and try some fish and chips at The Grand Banker or the Salt Shaker Deli. Just around the corner is one of Nova Scotia’s best locations for Sea Kayaking at Blue Rocks. Contact Pleasant Paddling for a great day out.
Digby, Yarmouth and the Acadian Shore
July 28th – August 11th: Digby, NS Saint John N.B., Grande Manan Island, Petit Passage, Meteghan, Yarmouth, Pubnico, Barrington, Cape Sable, Liverpool, Lahave
Digby is the start point for a tour that begins on July 28th, sailing through the Bay of Fundy and then down toward Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores. You can imagine what an amazing vista the sailing crew will have as they watch the whales play in the water, against the tall red cliffs, and how pleased the local fishing communities will be to see the elegant Bluenose II sail past their ports. If you have never visited the Digby are before, now is the time! It is a perfectly charming town with beautiful scenery and delicious seafood. Head to Digby Neck and Brier Island for some of the best whale watching in the world.
Halifax, St. Margaret’s Bay, Bedford, Sambro
August 15th – 24th: Mahone Bay, Tancook Island, St. Margaret’s Bay, Halifax, Bedford, Sambro
The Halifax portion of the sail takes the Bluenose II through Mahone Bay and Tancook Island, then into St. Margaret’s Bay, and out again around Halifax, Bedford and then to Sambro. A weekend in the Mahone Bay region can include a night the newly refurbished Oak Island Resort – it’s a great place for families. Further toward Halifax, the town of Hubbards is a fantastic place to stop for a few nights as you tour around the South Shore.
Cape Breton, Pictou, Charlottetown
August 28th – September 11th: Whitehead, Canso, Louisbourg, Sydney, North Sydney, Baddeck, Meat Cove, Pictou, Charlottetown, PE., Port Hood, Arichat
Photographers, get your cameras ready. The Bluenose’s final offical tour begins in beautiful Cape Breton, sailing past Louisbourg and then on toward Sydney. Louisbourg is possibly the most impressive and well-presented re-enactment of an historical site in Canada, and it’s a great place to spend a day or two with your family. And don’t forget Sydney – the waterfront is a great place for a family stroll. In the evening, try the Governer’s Pub for delicious food and toe-tapping live music upstairs.
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