Destinations: Nova Scotia
The Expedition Vessel WANDERBIRD spends part of her season cruising maritime Canada and passengers meet us at several ports-of-call along the way to participate in all or part of the journey.
Nova Scotia is one of Canada's three Maritime provinces. In Nova Scotia, we experience the beauty and diversity of Maritime culture, where Scottish and French history is alive in charming coastal villages. The nutrient-rich waters are home to some amazing marine life; the finback whale, the second largest animal on earth, comes to the Bay of Fundy to feed and play along with the Right whales, Minke whales and Humpbacks.
During the golden age of sail, Nova Scotia became a world leader in both building and owning wooden sailing ships. The province's mainland is the Nova Scotia peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Nowhere in Nova Scotia is more than 42 miles from the ocean. Cape Breton Island, a large island to the northeast of the Nova Scotia mainland, is also part of the province, as is Sable Island, a small island notorious for its shipwrecks.
Nova Scotia lies in the mid-temperate zone and the climate is moderated by the ocean. Canada's Ocean Playground is the slogan on the provincial licence plate. Due to the ocean's moderating effect Nova Scotia is the warmest of the provinces in Canada. Nova Scotia has a late and long summer.
Our Nova Scotia Ports-of Call:
Halifax is a modern port city teeming with culture, heritage, commercial shipping, tug boats, and massive cruise ships. Halifax is the provincial capital. Downtown Halifax offers an impressive array of entertainment, attractions, fine restaurants, colourful gardens and lively nightlife. Wanderbird docks among the classic ships at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in the heart of the historic Halifax waterfront.
Wanderbird’s second home port is Lunenburg, as she has spent many winters docked here and much of her refit was undertaken here in this historic port. The town has a history of being a most important fishing and shipbuilding seaport. Lunenburg has a fishing fleet, large ship yard and foundry. Much of this history is held at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic). Lunenburg has long history of building wooden ships. The most famous is the schooner Bluenose which remains an important tourist attraction.
The historic town itself was designated a (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, which ensures protection for much of Lunenburg's unique architecture and civic design; being the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America. Lunenburg is known for its colourful ship captains homes with distinctive architectural features. A stroll around town is a feast for the eyes.