The Old Town Lunenburg Historic District was designated a national historic site in 1991 by virtue of its gridiron layout, one of the earliest and most intact British model plans in Canada, its strong historical associations especially with the Atlantic fisheries, and the richness and homogeneity of its architecture.
The heritage value of the Old Town Lunenburg Historic District resides in the original plan, the built forms and open spaces within the plan, the physical and cultural manifestations of the off-shore fishing and shipbuilding industries and the harmonious integration of the town and the seascape. Laid out by Charles Morris at the time of his landing on June 8, 1753, Lunenburg’s Old Town Plan was the second British model plan created in present-day Canada, a gridiron plan type which had a direct and important relationship to British imperial settlement policy.
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The Old Town of Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage town and is one of the most popular towns in Nova Scotia to visit.
I love Lunenburg for it’s colorful buildings, small town welcoming feel, and delicious food and drinks. When visiting head to the South Shore Fish Shack for the best fish and chips or make your way to Ironworks Distilling for some of the most delicious rum, gin and other spirits!
In Lunenburg you can also visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where you can learn about the areas fishing history and even hold a lobster!