Lunenburg is an attractive coastal town on the south coast of Nova Scotia, and a popular day trip from Halifax. The best places to run in Lunenburg are along some of the extensive coastal roads. Note: they don’t have a shoulder but are lightly traveled.
Route 1: Lunenburg center and First Peninsula Rd. 8.6 km out and back. This route is almost entirely along the water, with great views. Start at Sawpit Wharf and run along Rt. 332, along Back Harbor for 1.5 km. Good water views. Then, RIGHT on First Peninsula Rd., and run for 2 km to the end, enjoying nice view sof Back Harbor. Retrace your steps and do a jaunt around ‘downtown’ Lunenburg, including the pretty roads along Lunenburg Harbor (Bluenose Dr., Montague St.).
Route 2: Second Peninsula Rd. and Sunnybrook. Choose any section of this lovely waterfront route of up to 20 km one-way. Just north of the center. Second Peninsula Rd. goes along Martin Cove for 8 km to Bachman’s Beach. There are water views for much of the way along this lightly traveled roads. Doing this whole road is a 16 km out and back! For more, follow Princes Inlet Rd. all the way north to Sunnybrook, for another 4+ km.
Route 3: Bay to Bay Trail. This gravel multi-use path runs between Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. It’s a combination of open and woodland. The north end is in Mahone Bay just north of Main St. (connect there to the Adventure Trail headed west/Dynamite Trail headed east). Head south for up to 13.7 km to Lunenburg, where the trail ends at Garden Lots.