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 had a nearly thirty-year career focused on marketing and business management. Her volunteer positions have included the direction of significant area destination products on the Lunenburg Board of Trade’s Marketing Committee and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society. She's been operating Lunenburg Walking Tours since 2011, working solo until she and Ashlee formed a partnership in 2014. Her affable personality, and witty sense of humour, will have you feeling at home in no time.
Ashlee, eighth-generation Lunenburger, has founding family pedigree on both sides (the Feeners and the Moshers). Formerly a research librarian, she moonlighted (mainly the Haunted Tour!) as a part-time guide with Lunenburg Walking Tours. Preferring to be a living part of the history, rather than hiding behind-the-scenes with her nose in a book, she co-founded Travel Lunenburg Ltd. (our parent company) in 2014 . She loves sauerkraut, is fascinated with the folklore of Lunenburg County, and is superstitious without even meaning to be.
Ralph’s ancestors were among the arrivals in 1753 and became harvesters of the sea. He spent three decades on the Lunenburg waterfront delving into the province’s rich fishing history as curator of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. His keen interest in the early history of the county is evident as he shares its storied past. A collector (pack-rat) at heart, his passions include all things oxen, Lunenburg symbols, antiquing, fishermen's handicrafts. and hearty German cooking. With Ralph as your guide, you'll be as pleased as we were when he joined us in 2015.
Kerriann’s family (Kraft-Croft) still farms their original land grant. On the other side she’s a Lantz, so an authentic Lunenburger through and through and it shows in her tours. An animated weaver of tales, with a particular interest in historic gossip, she is a natural for both the Essential and Haunted Tours. Her fascinating interests and work life that eventually led her to us include wild harvested creations, a keen interest in the afterlife, historical costuming, massage therapy, a fish truck, and a long line of female healers (yes, witches).
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.
Liz may not claim the title of 8th Generation Lunenburger, however, our newest addition to the Haunted Lunenburg Tour jokes that she’s been here longer than co-owner, Ashlee who was a “mere twinkle in her mother’s eye when I landed in Lunenburg almost forty years ago!” Bringing a wealth of stories, a few close encounters with ghosts and the realization that maybe she IS superstitious because “Why take a chance, right?”, she’s a great addition to the team. When not busy touring the town at night with wide-eyed visitors telling tales of hauntings, ghosts and witches, Liz is actively involved in her community and environment.
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.