We spent several days exploring the historic town of Lunenburg
Settled in 1753 by German, Swiss and Montbeliardian Protestants under British patronage, German was spoken in the community well into the 1800s. The early settlers were primarily farmers, but they quickly turned to the sea for their livelihood, building a world-class fishing and shipbuilding industry. At the turn of the century Lunenburg’s schooner fleet sailed the Grand Banks, competing with the fleets of New England to bring home the abundance of cod.
Old Town Lunenburg is an outstanding example of British colonial settlement in North America. Dozens of historic buildings and homes dating back to 1760 have been maintained and the streets still follow the original town plan of 1754. The extraordinary level of preservation led to the town’s being declared a Canadian National Heritage District in 1994 and in 1995 the United Nations bestowed a major honour by declaring Lunenenburg’s Old Town area a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the waterfront, there is the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic that displays the history of commercial fishing in Atlantic Canada.