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Old Town Lunenburg

Old Town Lunenburg
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Old Town Lunenburg, founded in 1753, is the best remaining example of planned British colonial settlement in North America. It was developed as a model town, with a rigid grid and wooden houses. The town grew into an important seaport and shipbuilding centre.

Lunenburg was named in honour of the King of Great Britain and Ireland, (George August of Hanover) who was also the ruler of Brunswick-Lunenburg. During the French and Indian War, several small forts which ringed the town were garrisoned by British regulars as well as by provincial troops from Massachusetts. These forts were erected to protect the town from raids by French warships and from attacks by the local Indians.


Wojciech Fedoruk (Poland):
Lunenburg is a small town known as one of the most known tourist spots in Nova Scotia. It is famous from town planning, picturesque buildings and maritime connections. In fact, the inscribed centre is very small and you can easily walk through it within hour or two. The town is proud of its UNESCO inscription and informing plaques are visible in almost every corner. We visited maritime museum, which was very interesting, especially in terms of local tradition. The old buildings were really nice but I was disappointed with ugly old-fashioned electric lines that in my opinion destroyed the beauty of this place. I wish UNESCO asked the respective officials to hide it underground before inscription. Now, it is impossible to take a photo of Lunenburg's centre, on which those lines are not visible.
Date posted: September 2014
Cynthia Webb (USA):
We visited Lunenburg in June 2010. Beautiful weather, beautiful town. We stayed in a bed and breakfast overlooking the harbor. Lots of lovely old buildings and atmosphere, with lots of little shops. The town is very accessible to walking, although it is built on a bit of a hill. For the inside scoop on the town, with lots of details about the history of the buildings and houses, take the horse-drawn carriage ride from the wharf. We also visited the fisheries museum and learned a lot about whales and fishing there!
Date posted: November 2011
Emilia Bautista King (USA):
I must say that I'm usually pleased with how Canadians take pride in their World Heritage Sites. Old Lunenburg is no exception. A lovely area in the old town (to the right of the town's bandstand) is dedicated to the site's inscription as a WHS, which includes the WHS plaque, the UN flag, and information about other WHS in Canada. A bonus is the playground next to this area. My kids played while I took pictures! Although hilly, it's easy to walk around the town. I saw many people mowing their lawns or just relaxing on the front porches. Enjoy looking at old homes with beautiful exterior colours!
Date posted: August 2011
Connie Hake (USA):
Dissappointing? No way! We happened to be there when the Blue Nose II came "home" for repairs- what a show! The whole town (locals and tourists) was on the dock waiting for her to arrive at dusk to cheering and applause! The locals are very proud of their schooner! And she is beautiful! Next day, we boarded for a tour- free of charge! The town of Lunenburg is beautiful, peaceful and gracious. Will definitely visit again!
Date posted: January 2006

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Site info

Old Town Lunenburg
Country: Canada
Inscribed: 1995
Cultural Heritage
Criteria:  (4) (5)
Category: Urban landscape, Colonial

Site history:
2000Name change
From "Lunenburg Old Town" to "Old Town Lunenburg"
1995 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription
Bureau - ICOMOS recommended awaiting a comparative study into colonial planned settlements. Some bureau members query value of these. Agreed to leave it to WHC!

Site links

Official website:
»Town of Lunenburg

In the news:
» Fire on historic Lunenburg waterfront (29-09-2013).

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Ideal City . Wooden architecture .
Bandstand . Theatres .
Cultural sites damaged by fire since inscription .
Atlantic Ocean .
Religion and Belief
Protestantism .
Built in the 18th century .
Built or owned by British . Built or owned by Germans . Named after individual people . On Banknotes .
WHS on Other Lists
World Monuments Watch (past) .

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