Check the Festival Schedule for details about tour dates and times.

Experience the beauty of Mahone Bay and the heritage of classic boats up close

Our tours take you off the Festival grounds and into historic buildings to experience the heritage of wooden boatbuilding firsthand.

Harbour Boat Tours and Mahone Bay Island Boat Tours leave from the Mahone Bay Town Wharf. Space is limited for these fascinating tours! Tickets will be available at the Information Booth on the Festival Wharf beginning at 1:00 p.m. Thursday. First come, first served. No refunds. Limited availability.

Lunenburg Foundry and The Dory Shop are in Lunenburg and are easily accessible by car. No charge, just stop by. Don't miss this special opportunity!

Details below!

Walking Tour of Mahone Bay's famous shipyards

Ron Hall has always been interested in history, i.e. museums, forts, old houses etc., and has used his move to Mahone Bay to learn about the people, the place and the histories that join them. Ron will be dressed in an 18th century sailor's uniform as he leads the tour to the sites of Mahone Bay’s famed shipbuilding industry. Come and imagine Mahone Bay as it was: a bustling hub of the Atlantic.
Meet at the Workshop Tent.

Mahone Bay Harbour Tours and Mahone Bay Island Nature Tours

Harbour & Classic Boat Tours:
Meet us at the Mahone Bay Town Wharf for a 45-minute up-close guided tour of the visiting boats moored in beautiful Mahone Harbour. See the visiting Chester Classic Fleet including such well known boats as Hayseed, Virginia and Seneca,and the International One Designs - Mighty Mo, Zephyr, Elida, and La Diva. And of course, the ultimate classic boat and the pride of Nova Scotia, Bluenose II, a 143-foot schooner anchored out in the harbour. Risky Business, skippered by Chris Banfield of South Shore Boat Tours, will again be providing the transportation. Festival volunteer Suzanne Miller will be on board to share her knowledge of the visiting boats. Tickets available at the Information Kiosk beginning at 5:00 pm on Thursday. First come, first served. no refunds. Limited availibility.
Cost: $15pp
Island Nature Tours:
Join Captain Chris Banfield on Risky Business for a ninety-minute tour of the Mahone Bay Islands featuring a seal colony, ospreys, mussel & oyster farm and local boat yards. This tour around some of the beautiful Mahone Bay Islands is approximately 1.5 hours. Tickets will be available at the Information Booth.
Cost $35.  

Lunenburg Foundry Tour

From  "one-lunger" make-and-break engines, to propellers, stoves and fittings, the Lunenburg Foundry's craftsmen have been producing quality projects for the marine industry since 1891. Visit the historic buildings, watch as castings are made and see foundry patterns for many common fittings and many that you won't recognize. No charge, just stop by.
Date and Time: Friday, July 31, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location:  53 Falkland Street, Lunenburg
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The Dory Shop Tour, Lunenburg

Since 1917, The Dory Shop has been building these classic, sturdy workboats from its location on the Lunenburg waterfront. And with the exception of a few power tools, not a lot has changed in that time. White pine, red pine, red oak, spruce roots and hot dipped galvanized nails come together as they have for decades. Finished off with dory buff paint and ship's green trim, it would be hard to tell the difference between a dory made today and one made eighty years ago. Come and see how dories are made, or discuss your other small boat needs. No charge, just stop by.
Time: Friday, July 31, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: 175 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg
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Check the Festival Schedule for dates and times of all tours.