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Lunenburg, Nova Scotia—In Our Own Backyard


Base Camp for Morgan’s Cloud is a cabin and mooring about 7 minutes’ drive from Lunenburg, a UNESCO heritage site, where we go regularly for groceries, the mail, the gym, etc. But we never take the time to wander around the town—our visits to Lunenburg are all about chores and errands.

After two months tied to the mooring—working on the boat, launching the new Attainable Adventure Cruising website, dealing with Canadian taxes for the first time since taking up residence here (first time John the Bermudian has ever paid income tax!), and then stripping the boat for Hurricane Earl—we finally got out sailing this past weekend. We didn’t go far! A pleasant three hour sail (there are two long peninsulas between basecamp and Lunenburg, which is why it only takes 7 minutes to drive but 3 hours to sail) and a few minutes to drop the hook, and we were there.


In the evening we dinghied to Fleur de Sel (an award-winning world class restaurant run by a young Canadian couple) in a torrential downpour, which just made the exceptional dinner taste that much better!

The next morning I sat on the foredeck and cheered on the 58th annual International (US and Canada) Dory Races  while John took photos. In the afternoon we wandered leisurely through town checking out a few of the many art galleries—the Houston North Gallery has an extensive collection of Inuit art that is well worth viewing.

The return trip to basecamp was straight into 25 knots of a northeaster, but it made for a great opportunity to crank the new engine up to full revs and punch into it. And we are pleased to report that the Perkins performed admirably, keeping the boat moving at a good clip into the sizable chop the wind kicked up.

Traveling by sailboat changed the dynamics of our relationship with Lunenburg. We felt like we had changed locations (which a 7 minute car ride doesn’t do); we were able to give the boat and engine a bit of a test (we have the punch list to prove it!); and, on our return, we felt like we had really gotten away from the chores list for a while.

I don’t think I’ll take the boat into Lunenburg next time I have to get groceries, but our little jaunt was a reminder of how wonderful traveling by boat can be and how much we are looking forward to getting out cruising again this fall.

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David Nutt

Wonderful to see your photos of Lunenburg. It seems like yesterday that we were there. Hey, it almost was!


Great photographs. Love the depth of field.


Amen to all of this post except to point out that the fall is now…even here in Tampa Bay…I just stepped out on the lanai and was surprised by temps in the mid-60s even at 8 a.m….unheard of around here since early May…windows unopened since May are open (for a little while anyway…it’ll be in the 90s by 10)…cavu’s skipper

Matt Marsh

Lunenberg = beautiful. It’s been a few years since I was out there…I’d be hard-pressed to think of a better cruising base.

Thanks for another great slideshow; it’s a nice inspiration to those of us who are sitting out the rain in offices with no boats in sight.


Would love to order prints from the Lunenburg slideshow but the instructions to order prints does not seem to work on these pics. Can you help me find the print numbers to order the ones I would like? Thanks

John Harries

Hi Dorothy,

Thanks very much for the interest. And sorry about the lack of image numbers—I blew it. It’s fixed now, so just email me the image numbers you are interested in and I will upload the optimized files to my print ordering area and then email you back.