Want to know where to see the Bluenose II this summer?  In celebration of her 100th birthday, this beautiful schooner 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 many 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 regions to see the Bluenose II this summer, with a few recommendations for what to do while you’re there.

Digby, Bay of Fundy, Grand Manan Island and Yarmouth

July 12-14th

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 (we recommend the iconic Digby Pines hotel). Then head to Digby Neck and Brier Island for some of the best whale watching in the world. And if you have never been to Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick – book a trip, now. It’s incredible.


June 29-July 5th,  July 17th-July 22nd, August 7th-August 9th, August 17th-August 26th,  September 22nd onwards.

Lunenburg is the home of the Bluenose, so she’ll be there quite often this summer. New to Lunenburg, is the Big Boat Shed project, and it’s a must-see, especially if you love the Bluenose. 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.

Terence Bay, Sambro, Bedford, St. Margaret’s Bay, Chester, Hubbards

July 24th – August 5th:  Sambro, Bedford, Indian Point, Mahone Bay, Chester, Head Harbour, French Harbour, Hubbards

The Halifax  portion of the sail takes the Bluenose II through Terence Bay into Sambro, Bedford and then toward St. Margaret’s Bay, Chester and Hubbards.  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. Read our article: 17 Things to do in Hubbards, Nova Scotia.

Port Mouton, Shelburne, Liverpool

August 13-15th: Port Mouton, Shelburne, Liverpool

We love  this area of the province. A short road trip to this part of Nova Scotia’s South Shore makes a perfect family road trip (We’ve got some great ideas here in our article: a 5 day road trip through Southwestern Nova Scotia) After you’ve seen the Bluenose in Shelburne, why not head further into the Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores region?

Summerside, Charlottetown, Georgetown, Eastern Shore

August 28th- September 7th 

Dear Prince Edward Island: we can’t wait to share the Bluenose with you! This part of the tour begins in Pictou, travelling over to the beautiful city of Summerside, PEI. Bluenose crew, you MUST get an ice cream at Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour while you’re in Summerside (find out more here) ! On August 31st, the Bluenose stops in Charlottetown, before moving on to Georgetown, then back to Nova Scotia for a tour along the Eastern Shore.

If you want more information about when and where to see the Bluenose II, follow the Bluenose on Facebook.  We have also taken the liberty of copying the schedule below, from the Bluenose Nova Scotia website. To learn more about the Bluenose as she turns 100 years-old, spend some time on the Bluenose 100 website, which has a wealth of historical information and some great videos.

Bluenose II Summer 2021 Sailing Schedule

Lunenburg Tuesday June 1 Crew Training
Lunenburg Wednesday June 2 Crew Training
Lunenburg Thursday June 3 Crew Training
Lunenburg Friday June 4 Crew Training
Lunenburg Saturday June 5 Docked
Lunenburg Sunday June 6 Docked
Lunenburg Monday June 7 Docked
Transit Tuesday June 8 At Sea
Transit Wednesday June 9 At Sea
Transit Thursday June 10 At Sea
North Sydney Friday June 11 At Anchor
North Sydney Saturday June 12 At Anchor
Baddeck Sunday June 13 At Anchor
Nyanza Bay Monday June 14 At Anchor
Groves Point Tuesday June 15 At Anchor
Iona Wednesday June 16 At Anchor
Sydney Thursday June 17 At Anchor
Transit Friday June 18 At Sea
Louisbourg Saturday June 19 At Anchor
Gabarus Sunday June 20 At Anchor
Transit Monday June 21 At Sea
Canso Tuesday June 22 At Anchor
Transit Wednesday June 23 At Sea
Whitehead Thursday June 24 At Anchor
Whitehead Friday June 25 At Anchor
Transit Saturday June 26 At Sea
Transit Sunday June 27 At Sea
Transit Monday June 28 At Sea
Lunenburg Tuesday June 29 Docked
Lunenburg Wednesday June 30 Docked
Lunenburg Thursday July 1 Docked
Lunenburg Friday July 2 Docked
Lunenburg Saturday July 3 Docked
Lunenburg Sunday July 4 Docked
Lunenburg Monday July 5 Docked
Transit Tuesday July 6 At Sea
Transit Wednesday July 7 At Sea
Digby Monday July 12 At Sea
Bay of Fundy Tuesday July 13 At Sea
Grand Manan Island, NB TBA
Yarmouth Wednesday July 14 At Anchor
Transit TBA
Pubnico Thursday July 15 At Anchor
Clark’s Harbour TBA
Transit Thursday July 15 At Sea
Transit Friday July 16 At Sea
Lunenburg Saturday July 17 Docked
Lunenburg Sunday July 18 Docked
Lunenburg Monday July 19 Maintenance
Lunenburg Tuesday July 20 Open decks
Lunenburg Wednesday July 21 Open decks
Lunenburg Thursday July 22 Open decks
Transit Friday July 23 At Sea
Terence Bay Saturday July 24 At Anchor
Sambro Sunday July 25 At Anchor
Bedford Monday July 26 At Anchor
Bedford Tuesday July 27 At Anchor
Transit Wednesday July 28 At Sea
Indian Point Thursday July 29 At Anchor
Mahone Bay Friday July 30 At Anchor
Chester Saturday July 31 At Anchor
Chester Sunday August 1 At Anchor
Head Harbour Monday August 2 At Anchor
French Harbour Tuesday August 3 At Anchor
Hubbards Wednesday August 4 At Anchor
Hubbards Thursday August 5 At Anchor
Transit Friday August 6 At Sea
Lunenburg Saturday August 7 Open decks
Lunenburg Sunday August 8 Open decks
Lunenburg Monday August 9 Open decks
Chester Tuesday August 10 At Anchor
Chester Wednesday August 11 At Anchor
Princes Inlet Thursday August 12 At Anchor
Port Mouton Friday August 13 At Anchor
Shelburne Saturday August 14 Open decks
Liverpool Sunday August 15 At Anchor
Transit Monday August 16 At Sea
Lunenburg Tuesday August 17 Open decks
Lunenburg Wednesday August 18 Open decks
Lunenburg Thursday August 19 Open decks
Lunenburg Friday August 20 Open decks
Lunenburg Saturday August 21 Open decks
Lunenburg Sunday August 22 Open decks
Lunenburg Monday August 23 Maintenance
Lunenburg Tuesday August 24 Open decks
Lunenburg Wednesday August 25 Open decks
Lunenburg Thursday August 26 Open decks
Transit Friday August 27 At Sea
Pictou Saturday August 28 At Anchor
Summerside Sunday August 29 At Anchor
Transit Monday August 30 At Sea
Charlottetown Tuesday August 31 At Anchor
Georgetown Wednesday September 1 At Anchor
Port Hood Thursday September 2 At Anchor
Transit Friday September 3 At Sea
Arichat Saturday September 4 At Anchor
Arichat Sunday September 5 At Anchor
Liscomb Monday September 6 At Anchor
Sheet Harbour Tuesday September 7 At Anchor
Transit Wednesday September 8 At Sea
Lunenburg Thursday September 9 Open decks
Lunenburg Friday September 10 Open decks
Lunenburg Saturday September 11 Open decks
Transit Sunday September 12 At Sea
Tor Bay Monday September 13 At Anchor
Fisherman’s Harbour Tuesday September 14 At Anchor
Port Hilford Wednesday September 15 At Anchor
Ecum Secum Thursday September 16 At Anchor
Beaver Harbour Friday September 17 At Anchor
Spry Bay/Harbour Saturday September 18 At Anchor
Owls Head Sunday September 19 At Anchor
Jeddore Monday September 20 At Anchor
Hacketts Cove Tuesday September 21 At Anchor
Lunenburg Wednesday September 22 Open decks
Lunenburg Thursday September 23 Open decks
Lunenburg Friday September 24 Open decks
Lunenburg Saturday September 25 Open decks
Lunenburg Sunday September 26 Open decks
Lunenburg Monday September 27 Maintenance
Lunenburg Tuesday September 28 Open decks
Lunenburg Wednesday September 29 Open decks
Lunenburg Thursday September 30

Open decks