The craggy shores of the Lighthouse Route are dotted with picture perfect seaside villages, old captains’ mansions and working waterfronts. It’s a one-hour drive from Halifax to Mahone Bay, famous for its picturesque scene of three waterfront churches and coastal charm. From there it’s only 15 minutes to the coastal town that claims to be the prettiest town in Canada—lovely Lunenburg. Settled in the mid 1750s by Germans and Swiss, Lunenburg was once the busiest shipbuilding towns in the world. It was the birthplace of the world-famous racing schooner Bluenose. Lunenburg is still a bustling fishing port and its citizens retain one of the most interesting accents in North America. The town’s distinctive architecture and extraordinary scenic beauty is a colorful reminder of Canada’s maritime heritage. Enjoy free time to explore the simple coastal beauty, folk art, and shops, or just stop and talk with the local residents of this famous waterfront town. For those that wish, the guide will offer a short interpretive walk on the waterfront, highlighting Lunenburg’s significant seafaring history.