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.
Photo Credit – Tourism Nova Scotia/Acorn Art Photography
I cannot express how much I love Lunenburg. I was lucky enough to get there last October and had a wonderful experience. I did lots of walking, admired some favourite buildings (Lunenburg Academy is a must-see), checked out cute shops (Dots & Loops), and had a delicious meal at the Salt Shaker Deli. I would highly recommend it to those visiting Atlantic Canada for the first time. It sounds silly, but Lunenburg really does have a special East Coast “vibe”.