A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Original home of the Bluenose and now the Bluenose II, Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an amazing array of historic buildings, charming shops, art galleries and excellent restaurants. Lunenburg is a hub for extraordinary places to visit just a short direve away. These include beautiful beaches, nature reserves and charming communities such as Peggy's Cove, Chester, Mahone Bay and Blue Rocks. Activities included art and music festivals and a variety of special events.
Lunenburg has a rich history: it is Canada's oldest German settlement, founded in 1753 by settlers who were mainly German, Swiss and protestant French from the principality of Montebeliard. Lunenburg is also well known for its shipbuilding; not only the Bluenose and Bluenose II but also the HMCS Rose (the world's largest working wooden tall ship) and HMCS Bounty for the film "Mutiny on the Bounty". The Barque Picton Castle also calls Lunenburg home.
Lunenburg has an ice-free port and a working waterfront. There is always at least one tall ship in Lunenburg Harbour. Most sail-driven vessels call at Lunenburg due to its tall ship repair facilities and skilled craftspeople.
"Old Town" Lunenburg was recognized by the Government of Canada in 1992 as a National Historic Site and in 1995 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a World Heritage Site. Lunenburg is one of only 2 World Heritage Sites that are urban areas in continental North America, the other being Quebec City.
Lunenburg Marine Park is the final resting place for the helicopter-carrying, destoyer HMCS Saguenay, sunk in Lunenburg Bay to enhance the underwater park. Sunken vessels make great marine ecosystems and divers say the wreck is the best dive on the East Coast. The sister ship to Saguenay, the HMCS Fraser, is now moored at Bridgewater Marine Terminal (15min. drive). Divers will appreciate the chance to visit Fraser before makeing the dive on the Saguenay. It is an experience that is unique in the diving world.
Recreation and activities include: golf, tennis, swimming, walking tours, horse and buggy rides, sailing charters, fishing, whale watching, biking, hiking, sea kayaking, and tall ship sailing. A variety of festivals include the Lunenburg Craft Festival, Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Nova Scotia Fisheries Exhibition and Fishermens' Reunion.
With so much to do in and around Lunenburg, you'll want to stay awhile!