Nova Scotia’s ‘floating ambassador’ recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary, and Nova Scotia Tourism wants Canadians to know about the many ways travellers can experience the legend of Canada’s most famous ship.
The Bluenose has become a symbol of Nova Scotia and has represented Canada around the world. It was originally built in Lunenburg, NS, in 1921 as a fishing ship, but it was so fast that its Captain, Angus Walters, knew it was perfect for racing. In 1946, the Bluenose struck a reef off Haiti and so a replica of it was built in 1963, by many of the same men who had worked on the original. It has been on the Canadian ten cent coin since 1937.
On Tuesday, a group of travel media heard from Pamela Wamback of Nova Scotia Tourism, and learned about multiple packages that would be available including a Sail & Stay option, where visitors can sail on the Bluenose’s waters on a private sailing charter during their stay.
Most of the attractions related to the Bluenose today are located in its birthplace Lunenburg, where the original Bluenose used to sail out of, and where the Bluenose II (replica) is currently docked.
The Bluenose II’s sailing season runs from June 1 to September 30 but this year neither the harbour cruises or deckhand for a day tours will be held. They are both scheduled to resume in 2022.
But the local Bluenose exhibit has been refurbished, and there, visitors can view the famous International Fishermen’s Cup. This is also where the “Bluenose 100” walking tours take place, and where visitors can see a Bluenose model boat launch.
There are also many themed treats available in the area for every traveller’s taste, including coffee, rum, and various craft beers and ciders from local breweries. This anniversary year Saltbox Brewing Company has released a commemorative 100-year Bluenose ale.
Pandemic travel restrictions are in effect in Nova Scotia at least until the middle of June. Currently those who are not permanent residents of the province cannot enter. But Nova Scotia Tourism is hoping when travel opens up again, Canadians will make the journey to pay homage to one of our national treasures as it turns 100.