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Famous Lunenburg Business for Sale

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

 buggy ride74 Old Blue Rocks Road, Garden Lots

Trot in Time started in 1996, with an old carriage in the owner’s front yard; basically a lawn ornament. One day a local senior suggested a horse be borrowed to take him for a ride in that buggy. After a good measure of work, including a full refit of the 1888-built cart by shipwright Lloyd Lantz, he got his ride.

The name Trot in Time came from a  elementary student contest won by then third grader, Claire Coulter.  Claire got a pizza party with her friends, in thanks for her great idea. The tour with Trot in Time is like stepping back in time complete with a real wooden carriage – a trot in time!

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The first horse came from Gregg and Jenny Ernst  who live near Lunenburg.  Jenny had been doing wagon rides with her horse, Cindy, but with ten children it was getting too hard to manage that business. And so Cindy became Trot in Time‘s first steed. She retired in 2000 and laid down for a final rest in 2003. Please visit her beautiful memorial page.

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In 2000 the owner of Trot in Time was able to buy a property, and restore the barn and an old Cape house, only 300 feet outside the Lunenburg town limits. From there, as the saying goes, it’s all history: Cindy and he hit the streets for buggy rides the next two years.

In the third year a horse called Bob was purchased. The fourth year a replica carriage was added… By the ninth year it was three carriages! Today they have six horses, four carriages, six drivers, a ranch hand, a wagon house, and an ever expanding pasture.

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Trot in Time cares a great deal about their horses and invite visitors to schedule a visit ( to the Exclusively listed hobby farm if they’d like to see how nice the animals live:  74 Old Blue Rocks Road, Garden Lots, Lunenburg County, NS, CANADA.

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Harbour views from Garden Lots, NS

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Oceanview home with 28 acres – TRANSLATION

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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Dieses stilvolle Haus bietet Privatsphäre und Meerblick. Gradlinig, schnörkellos chic, absichtlich einfach und sehr gut handwerklich verarbeitet, steht es auf einem 113.300 qm liebevoll angelegtem Grundstück.
LINK to Bayport floorplans in German

Die obere Etage hat zwei Schlafzimmer, zwei Bäder und ein Wohn.- und Eßzimmer mit wundervollem Parketfußboden aus Kirschholz. Die Räume sind hell, hoch und haben Oberlichter. Eine französische Doppeltür führt in den sonnigen Wintergarten mit wundeschönem Blick über die Lower South Cove. Die untere Etage hat ein weiters großes helles Zimmer, ein Arbeitszimmer sowie noch ein Badezimmer.

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Light filled interior

Auf dem weitläufigen Grundstück stehen Nussbäume, Obstbäume, Sträucher und viele andere Pflanzen. Eine Oase für Mensch und Tier. In der Umgebung liegen schöne Mischwälder, Wiesen und Wege für Spaziergänge im Wald, Joggen und Skilanglauf. Hier gibt es viel in der Natur zu beobachten.

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Ocean side of house

Nur wenige Minuten bis nach Lunenburg und zu den Stränden.


Von “Lunenburg” nehmen Sie den Highway 332 bis Bayport. Das Haus steht 400m hinter der Bayport Werft auf der rechten Seite.


Public access wharf in Bayport, NS

Oceanview Property Information
  • Built:  1997
  • Annual property taxes:  $2,416 (2009)
  • Water supply: Well
  • # of bathrooms:  3
  • Sewer:  Septic
  • Heating:  Oil, Baseboard, Hot Water, Radiant
  • Basement:  Concrete, Full Developed, Walkout

Description of property

This open plan house has oceanview and privacy.  It is contemporary yet casual, well-set back from the road, perched on a rise of land with expansive views of the gardens and  28.6 acres of cleared & treed lawn.

Walnut, fruit trees, shrubbery and many other plants fill the surrounds with colour & birdlife. This +/- 2100 sq. ft home offers privacy & ocean views over Lower South Cove. The house  has French doors to the ocean facing sun room and the space is infused with light from skylights through the pine cathedral ceiling and the oversized windows surrounded by warm wood frames.

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French doors to sun porch

There are cherry hardwood floors in the main great room area, built in appliances in the kitchen, a huge and bright master bedroom with access to a private deck area; and, downstairs, you will find a large office/rec room, workshop space, as well as a large bedroom, and 3 piece bath.

The land around the house offers hardwood & softwood forest with four cleared meadows joined by a trail suitable for forest walks, jogging and cross-country skiing.  Special added features also include a green-house, a pond, a large shed, & many points to observe the local nature.

Minutes to Lunenburg  and beaches. Only 12 minutes away you’ll find a World UNESCO Heritage site, with over 180 shops and services including an acute care hospital and several clinics.

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Lunenburg Nova Scotia


Location of property

From Lunenburg, take Highway 332 to Bayport. Property is on right about 400m after Bayport wharf.

There is a lot of dream time potential with the acreage, as it is zoned R3; so whether you just want your home on the range, or to run a small scale business, or even operate an agricultural operation (there are 3 cleared fields), you have choices.

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Right of Way to fields

There are some restrictions to R3 zoning, so your plans for the property will require municipal approval…

Live large in a lifestyle community in this Bayport home!

Click to see more photos and floorplan in English IF IT’S STILL AVAILABLE.

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Lunenburg and the South Shore area

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Charming and close-knit, walking down its main streets is like walking through a book on old world architecture. Cape Cod style, Neo-Classical (Georgian), Gothic Revival, and Scottish (with five sided Scottish dormers), are just some of the styles that can be identified throughout the area. Robinson Harmsen bettina

The most famous architectural feature, affectionately known as the Lunenburg bump, is an extended central dormer that extends out and down from the roof to create an overhang over the main entrance. The whimsical feel of the town is made all the more enchanting by the use of eye-popping paint colours; one gets the feeling that you have stepped into a magical land from a children’s book.

Lunenburg County, which includes the towns of Chester, Bridgewater and Mahone Bay, has a population of 47,591 residents, of which 2,457 live in the town of Lunenburg. The rugged sea coastline is set against the backdrop of a gentle rolling landscape. The soil is rich and well drained by a network of lakes and small rivers and the weather is quite temperate, making it a favourable region for agricultural activity. From Christmas trees to cranberries, milk production to wine-making, you can certainly enjoy eating and drinking local in Lunenburg County.

South Shore

The South Shore is where the seafaring legacy of the Maritimes originated from. Ship-building, deep sea fishing and foundries are all still active as in yesteryear; in fact, you can still hear the ring of the blacksmith’s hammer as you walk along Lunenburg’s working waterfront. Home to the famous Bluenose schooner, and a welcomed port of call for other tall ships, Lunenburg is a centre for the history of the sea that defined the Province of Nova Scotia.

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Built by immigrants of German and Swiss descent, Lunenburg was named in honor of King George II, Duke of Brunschweig-Lunenburg, the king under which the edict was given to provide free passage to those who would facilitate the building of towns in the new world (North America). Descendents of these founding families still live in the region, and are considered to be true Bluenosers, after the famous ship that was built along its shores.

The South Shore is also noted for its many festivals that it holds throughout the year. Whether the event is associated with seafood, harvest time, art, music or theatre, chances are, when you are in Lunenburg, there is always something to celebrate.


Even though Lunenburg is relatively small in comparison to Halifax, it offers big city education that is globally-focused. High quality local elementary and junior high schools that include French immersion  [and Waldorf], help students get a good educational grounding. And then, students in grades 10, 11 and 12 are bussed to the  high schools in Bridgewater that offers an excellent study environment and offers the globally-recognized International Baccalaureate program. Lunenburg Academy [is] just 2 minutes by car from The Toy Maker of Lunenburg, [see “An Invitation to Purchase A Lifestyle Business & Residence” at Lunenburg Academy is a historic Victorian building with 98 students from grades Kindergarten through Five. In 2012 a brand new school is due to re-open in Lunenburg.]


World class golf courses, sailing, boating, cross-country skiing, skating, biking, curling, and long seaside walks – Lunenburg certainly offers a recreational lifestyle that is to be envied. With a $31.5 million Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre due to be completed in the near future, which will contain a skating rink, [a large library], one six-lane 25 metre pool, and fitness and meeting space, it is clear that local leaders share a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for its citizens, and are eager to attract an increasing number of visitors, businesses, and newcomers into the area to live, work, and play.

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Lifestyle business in Lunenburg

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
harbour in Lunenburg

Lunenburg Harbour

How would you like to live in a town that not only won the Port city of the Year, the Communities in Bloom’s Most Beautiful Small Town, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? What about operating one of the most respected toy making businesses in Canada?  What if you could have both?  What if you could have your own manufacturing facility, administrative office, and your active lifestyle all within the bounds of your home sweet home?  Yes, what if – is now – a rare opportunity to own the lifestyle business of The Toy Maker of Lunenburg! After 30 years, the owners are selling their home and business to step back from the busyness of being entrepreneurs and step into the easy breezy way of life on Nova Scotia’s south shore.

Lunenburg Nova Scotia Toymaker

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The Toy Maker of Lunenburg has an internationally recognized brand; one that stands for the highest quality standards, a high level of integrity and excellence in customer service. The recent lead-paint scandals, especially related to toys, have shifted consumer’s attention away from choosing economical Chinese imports to choosing higher priced quality products. Classic wooden, handmade, and wool, cotton and cardboard toys have all seen a surge in demand – The Toy Maker of Lunenburg is no exception. Being hand-crafted in Nova Scotia, especially in the charming old town of Lunenburg, contributes to The Toy Maker’s products’ reputation of being made with old-world care and craftsmanship.

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Handmade Push Toys

Beside the romance, and beyond the scandal, consumers are making their buying decisions with the environment in mind. The Toy Maker of Lunenburg prides itself on a high level of recycling and re-use in the manufacturing of its products. Their water-based paints are made in Western Europe, where the highest environmental standards in manufacturing are enforced, the wood is purchased from a supplier who does not use clear-cutting methods of harvesting, and all discarded paper products are shredded and recycled – even the sawdust is given to some friendly local guinea hens. The Toy Maker of Lunenburg’s business is busier than ever, which makes this the ideal time for someone to purchase it. Proud of the legacy they have built, the current owners will provide the new owners with hands-on training, mentoring and guidance

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