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Day 8 - August 22, 2008 - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

By Juan Carlos Restrepo, Geologist and General Naturalist

Latitude:  N 44°22.542'
Longitude:  W 064°18.658'

The weather conditions today were very pleasant, the temperature remained at around 23°C (74°F) for most of the day; the wind varied in direction from the SE in the morning to SW in the afternoon, and in intensity from 4 to 21 knots (light to fresh breeze) in the same period of time, 8 am to 4 pm. Mainly blue skies with a few scattered clouds made for an ideal visit to Lunenburg, a beautiful little port town on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

Once at anchor, guests going on a guided walking tour of the town were the first to disembark, followed by those sailing on the Bluenose II.

The walking tour was pleasant and informative. In 1995, UNESCO declared Lunenburg a World Heritage site; its old town proudly preserves the original layout of a planned colonial settlement established in 1753. We visited the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, St. Johns Anglican Church, a fishermen’s memorial and the heritage bandstand. Meanwhile, some of us went on a 2-hour sailing excursion on the Bluenose II, a replica of the legendary schooner Bluenose

At noon, some of us stayed in town for lunch while others went back to the Prince Albert II. Following lunch, a walking tour and a second sailing trip took place so everybody would have an opportunity to do both. The breeze in the afternoon was more generous and provided better sailing conditions than we had had in the morning. We went around the bay, enjoying the wind and the smooth sailing of this remarkable vessel, the pride of Lunenburg.

At 4 pm, the Prince Albert II set sail in order to cover the 170 nautical miles that separated us from the Bay of Fundy, our destination for tomorrow.

In the evening, the Expedition Team in the hands of our Expedition Leader Robin West, gave a briefing on the plans for the Bay of Fundy, followed by a pre-cap by Dr. Brent Stephenson on the possible wildlife sightings expected for the Bay of Fundy tomorrow. Following Brent’s intervention, Robin gave a short presentation on the history of our vessel, the Prince Albert II (formerly the World Discoverer) and the refit it went through after having been acquired by Silversea Cruises.

A lovely dinner was offered in The Restaurant, followed by ²The Liar’s Club², an entertaining activity hosted by the Expedition Staff. Lots of giggles and an early night for most, were the prelude to a great day at the Bay of Fundy...

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