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Lunenburg and the surrounding area

Location . History . Music, Art & Culture . Beaches & Parks . Recreation & Tours . Dining


The charming and historic fishing and shipbuilding port of Lunenburg sits on the Atlantic Coast one hour south of Halifax , Canada ’s largest urban center east of Montreal.

Halifax international airport is just 1 ½ hours drive. Nova Scotia is also conveniently accessible via regular ferry service from Bar Harbour and Portland , Maine , as well as Saint John , New Brunswick ; or by land via the Trans Canada Highway.

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The area, originally settled by French Acadians in the 17 th century, was later founded as the town of Lunenburg in 1753 by German, French, and Swiss immigrants imported by the British Government to counter the lingering French presence.

Through the 18 th and 19 th centuries, Lunenburg’s reputation rose largely due to its prosperous shipbuilding and fishing industries. The town’s colonial affluence is reflected in the distinctive architectural vernacular of its waterfront buildings and ship captains’ homes.

Today the protected harbour remains a well preserved enclave of maritime colonial character. In 1995, historic Old Town Lunenburg was designated by the United Nations Educational, Cultural & Scientific Organization as a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”, one of only two communities in North America with this distinction. Lunenburg is without question one of the star destinations of the entire province. The history and traditions of Lunenburg and its people are represented in its fine museums and attractions:

Music, Art & Culture:

Today Lunenburg attracts artists and craftsmen, photographers, naturalists, historians and home restoration enthusiasts. For visitors to Nova Scotia , Lunenburg provides a central point from which to explore the province’s South Shore , and an exciting home base rich in art and culture, shops, restaurants and galleries, yet away from the hustle and bustle normally associated with such amenities.

Lunenburg is home to a number of well established music, art, craft and cultural festivals. To name a few:


Beaches, Parks, and Neighbouring Communities:

Using Lunenburg as a home base, explore Nova Scotia ’s south shore and visit many of the province’s best beaches, parks and charming coastal villages. Within an hours drive you’ll find:

Recreation & Tours:

During your stay at Boatbuilder’s Cottage take advantage of the many wonderful tour and recreation opportunities that are just step away from your front door:



As for dining, in Lunenburg you’ll find something to suit every palate -- great pubs, charming cafes, family dining, and the finest French cuisine:


For more information on the town of Lunenburg , visit the official town site: ExploreLunenubreg.ca

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