Lunenburg Walking Tours was created to offer visitors to our UNESCO World Heritage Site town – one of only two such urban sites in North America – an educational and entertaining directed walk through history. We are Lunenburg’s only licensed provider of non-vehicular tours and work closely with local authorities to provide authentic, accurate, and entertaining tour experiences.
Our guides are local (descendants of original settlers!) and involved in the community, thus can provide a unique insider’s perspective. Their professional training, extensive research, and quirky personalities ensure that each tour is unique and promises to surprise and delight everyone from long-time residents to first-time visitors.
From the seventh-generation founding family Tanner, Shelah was apparently born talking, a trait that well prepared her, first for a nearly thirty-year career in marketing and business management mixed with volunteer pursuits, then the tour biz. She's been operating Lunenburg Walking Tours since 2011 where her affable personality, and witty sense of humour - along with all that talking - will have you feeling at home in no time.
We can hardly believe our good fortune. That's because Eric Croft, who, close to 30 years ago, founded Lunenburg Town Walking Tours, is back sharing his incredible insight with our guests. For the past 10 years or so, this salty lad from Lunenburg has spent most of his time leading African safari tours. Inspired by his work, he adopted a school in Tanzania.
It is very likely that Eric Croft was born to lead tours; he does hold the distinction of being the first Certified Tour Guide in Nova Scotia. The incredible depth of his knowledge of all things Lunenburg is only challenged by this sharp wit. "He's the best guide we ever had" is a common review from his well-travelled coach-industry guests. Never having met a superstition, forerunner, or story that didn't fascinate him, you are sure to be delighted on tour with Eric.
Born and raised in Bristol, England, Madeleine (Maddy) cannot claim Lunenburg lineage but she does herald from a seafaring community nevertheless. She holds a degree in Art History and is passionate about living history sites making Lunenburg the perfect landing spot for her. Maddy's enthusiasm for history and keen organizational skills (“Ship Shape and in Bristol Fashion”) make her a great fit as the Lunenburg Walking Tours Office Manager.
Katherine has been working for Lunenburg Walking Tours since 2013. With a background in education and a passion for local history, she no stranger to interpreting our vibrant past to visitors and students of all ages. Deeply rooted in the community, from the founding family Stevens, Katherine continues to keep our food traditions alive and well, preparing hodge podge and corned beef and cabbage for her family. A gifted storyteller, her quick wit will keep you on your toes, and you will be delighted to learn more while on tour.
Denise brings a wealth of knowledge and an incredible amount of experience in the tourism and visitor services sector. With Lunenburg stock on both sides of her family (Kaulbach, Corkum, Zinck), Denise is proud to be showing people around her ancestor’s town. When not charming guests with her bright, sunshiny personality on tour, Denise loves to spend her time on the farm with her husband and three horses.