Details for Zwicker Wharf

Zwicker Wharf

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Average rating 3.6 stars from 7 reviews

Address Bluenose Drive Opposite Rum Row
Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


Offers limited dockage and some moorings. Office is located a few blocks away; dockage is near Zwicker Wharf.

VHF channel

They try to monitor VHF 68, but the radio is in the backroom at the Boat Locker store and they do not always hear calls. On 8/4/11 the radio was inoperative and they were awaiting a replacement.


Email contact

Owner, manager

David Evans and Doug Philip


Bill Towndrow


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Enter Lunenburg channel and turn left along the waterfront.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Dockage is located on the Zwicker Wharf (gray building), just to the right of the red Adams & Knickle buildings. There is a long floating wooden dock on each side of the wharf extending out into the harbor. They have galvanized cleats. The east side of the wharf has a gangway from the floats. The west side requires a ladder climb, but it is a nice ladder.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 144
Beam max: 50

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: On floats, no charge for day use. Overnight $25CAD+HST for up to 30 feet, plus $1.00CAD per foot+HST for each additional foot.


Transient: 6
Total: 6
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: There are a number of moorings in the harbor, but 6 are managed by Lunenburg Boat Locker. You will have to call them on the phone during business hours to find out which moorings are theirs.

A boater reported June 2014 that their mooring balls are white. Price as of June 2014 was $20 per night.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: E side has two 30 amp and four 15 amp outlets. W side appears to have none. 2015

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

No - Sign says water is available, but a boater reported not finding any, August 2015.

Dinghy access

Yes - Dinghy landing is at the Zwicker Wharf, between the red Adams & Knickle and the gray Zwicker buildings - there are floating docks on both sides of the Wharf. The dinghy area is all the way in on both of them, marked by a white border. Both sides have a gangway to the wharf.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out



Yes - At the grocery.


Yes - On the Zwicker Wharf, off to the left as you face shore. Nova Scotia has a strong recycling program so please sort your trash and respect their efforts.


Yes - Showers are in the red building just below and to the east of the Boat Locker.


Yes - Restrooms are in the red building just below and to the east of the Boat Locker. Public restrooms are at the west end of Montague St.


Yes - Laundomat, 237 Victoria St (about 2km; a 25 min walk).


Yes - Foodland - about four blocks east on Montague Street just before the Lunenburg Boat Locker.


Yes - Atlantic Electronics (144 Montague), Front Harbor Marine (161 Montegue), The Boat Locker (280 Montague) and Lunenburg Hardware (180 Victoria Rd; 1.5 KM; 20 min walk).


Yes - Wide selection including several "high end" restaurants.


Yes - Knot Pub is very nice. Go past the fisheries museum and take the trail til it ends and turn right.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Quite a few small, local inns, and B&B's.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi is available at the Fisheries Museum and the library. You need an access code from the library (you have to go to the desk and ask for it), but the WiFi is available 24/7.

Reported June 2014 that Lunenburg now has free WiFi for one day at 300mb. $5 for 3 days. Plenty of free sites also.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Nearby


Yes - Trius Tours (877-566-1567; South Shore routes stop at Mikes Kwik Way, a 45 minute walk. Daily northbound to Halifax at 1055 hrs. (1455 hrs. Sunday & Holidays) and southbound from Halifax at 1905 hrs.

Other services


Many; most notably the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and the schooner Bluenose II now recently restored.

There is a trail that goes around town and another that takes you to Mahone Bay. These are old rail trails and are great for biking.

Reviews for Zwicker Wharf
Electric has arrived!, 2016-08-10
Captain: , Wickford, RI (421)

We stayed there the last three nights. On the day we arrived the electric was installed on the wharf and in the dock office. Electric panel is on the west side and has very little capacity. A couple of 30 amps and a half dozen 110s. Dock office is just a table inside the wharf building but you pay there instead of up the street.
No water.
No fuel.
No facilities.
Excellent trash and recycling.
Grocery nearby.
Boutique shops.
Still deserves 4stars for the phenomenal location and waterfront views.
Recommend Lunenburg as a destination highly. Visit the Ironworks Distillery. Good restaurants. We ate at the Grand Banker, Magnolia's Grill, and Saavy Sailor.
Easy access to docks. There are moorings too and good dinghy dock.

a long way to go, 2016-07-09
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

The pier is recently rebuilt, and the floating docks on either side. There is a new, separate, dinghy dock, also new. As of early July, 2016, there was no power on the pier. When it does come, it looks like it will be only on the west side of the pier, not on the floating docks. The dock attendant has no radio ("it's coming") and no way to be paid, so for now it's a hike to the Boat Locker. The brochure put out by the new management was very optimistic as to when they'd really be ready. Marina wharf is completely unusable. The are no heads or showers at either location, according to the Zwicker attendant.

Moorings are owned and run by the Boat Locker. They plan to have about 15 moorings by mid season.

All of the people we ran into arranging berthing were very pleasant, trying to do a good job in spite of corporate-Provincial hassle.

Lunenburg the town is worth the visit. We were stuck here several days because of weather, and did not run out of things to do. Plenty of restaurants, shops, a grocery and a pharmacy. The town seems to be making a push to encourage tourism.

Boat Locker Moorings, 2015-09-11
Captain: , Deer Isle, Maine (514)

Guest moorings managed by the Boat Locker are white with two orange mooring lines streaming from them. They seemed to be well-maintained. In early June the floating docks were completely filled by local boats with no room for transients. One could tie up a dinghy here, however. The mooring field was rough in the strong southerlies that prevailed while we were here.

Convenient location in good shape, 2015-08-27
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2860)

The floating docks can be rocky and noisy in a SE blow like we had, but they are in great shape, as is the wharf. New AC power has been installed for the E side of the wharf (2-30A, 4-15A) but no water could be found.

The museum is worth the modest fee if you have time to kill, but don't have high expectations, especially for the aquarium.

There are many interesting looking restaurants, but we didn't try any. Could not find any place to buy fresh seafood near the waterfront.

Great staff, 2014-06-18
Captain: , Portland, Maine (845)

The staff is very helpful. They even offered us a ride to the store if we needed it. Moorings and dinghy dock are very convenient to town.

Limited space, 2011-08-04
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

There is very little dockage available, and they were adding additional moorings to bring the total to 6 by August. Their moorings are mixed in with others in the mooring field and they will have to direct you. You can only call them on the phone during business hours, and staffing is limited on Sundays. Very nice people.

Nice docks with limited facilities in the heart of town, 2011-08-01
Captain: , Marblehead, MA (926)

The new wharf makes it much easier to get ashore with better dinghy access to town and much more hospitable berthing for vessels than the Museum bulkheads.

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