Oak Island - 4.5 hours
Oak Island is an ocean island that has had a mystery for about two hundred years. There have been several books written about this mystery and an American television series titled "The Curse of Oak Island". Oak Island is a private island and has limited public access. Travel to Oak Island, visit the interpretive centre on the island; if it is open to the public at that time of year. Travel along the coast to the mainland community of Chester to visit another interpretive centre; if it is open to the public. Lunch time for an eat-in meal is included and the cost is the responsibility of the guests.
Lunenburg - 2.5 hours
The current town was settled in 1753 with German, Swiss, and French immigrants. Lunenburg is famous for its waterfront, fishing industry, vessel building, and architecture.
Lunenburg had a large 'banks' fishery, in which sailing vessels travelled 200-400km/150-250mi to fish on the ocean. Circa 1900 the Lunenburg 'banks' fishery had 180 vessels which employed 2000 fishers.
Hundreds of wooden sailing vessels were built in Lunenburg. Four famous vessels are as follows : 1) Bluenose, built in 1921, a fishery schooner which became a racing champion, 2) Bounty, in 1960 the 'Bounty 'was launched as a replica of the HMS Bounty for the MGM film 'Mutiny on the Bounty', 3) Bluenose II, built in 1963 as a replica of the original Bluenose which sank in 1946, 4) HMS Rose, a replica of the Royal Navy warship during the American War of Independence, was built in 1976 for the USA bicentenary celebrations and was used for the 2003 film 'Master and Commander'.
Lunenburg's 'Old Town' is a good example of British settlement in North America. It's historic buildings and homes date back to the 1760's. In 1995 the United Nations declared Lunenburg's 'Old Town' area a UNESCO World Heritage site (there are 469 World Heritage sites of which 12 are in Canada). There are about four hundred 'Old Town' buildings.
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