On Saturday, September 29, the Bluenose II, a reconstructed version of Canada’s most famous ship, the Bluenose, will launch in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia!

Beginning at around 7am, the day will feature the official relaunch of the iconic vessel, musical performances, storytelling, and an evening fireworks display on the Lunenburg waterfront. All events are free and spectators are encouraged to show their pride by turning their noses blue to become “bluenosers” for the day! For those outside of Lunenberg, watch a live webcast to catch all the excitement of the launch.

Visit The Canadian Encyclopedia for our feature article on the Bluenose.

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  1. Susanne Marshall

    I was there! Cars streamed into town in the dark, vying for parking near the waterfront. By dawn crowds were lining the wharves and hillside above Smith & Rhuland, the shipyard that built both the original Bluenose and the replica, where this recent refit was completed. To the hum of speeches by politicians of all levels of government, the ship was lowered into the water on her cradle around 8 am, coinciding with the best tide for the launch. The forecasted rain held off until the ceremony was over, and there was a definite air of cheer and satisfaction as Lunenburgers and witnesses from further afield saw the Bluenose II return to her natural element.


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