Situated on the south eastern shore of Nova Scotia lies Lunenburg, a small town that attracts visitors from all over the world. This unique fishing town is also the second urban community in continental North America to be recognized as a UNESCO site.
Originally, the town’s name was Mirliqueche. Later it was changed to the current one in honor of King George II, Duke of Brunschweig-Lunenburg. The surveyor General for the British Empire, Charles Morris, laid down the foundations and character of the town in the same manner as many other towns that had lined the shores of a harbor. Due to this design of patterned streets that embraced parks and buildings, the place evolved into a center of power second only to Nova Scoita’s capital, Halifax.
At the time, most of North America was still uncolonized, allowing Lunenburg to shine like a diamond in the rough. 250 years later, it still holds its shine. The same plans and architecture remain in place, creating a testament to the past as well as a welcoming to the future. Brightly colored buildings, restored wooden boats, friendly people and a gentle sea breeze all await the wandering traveler. A visit to Lunenburg, whether short or long, allows for a walk back into time.
In order to reach the Nova Scotian town from Halifax, NS, drive south on NS-102/NS-103. To reach it from Truro, NS, drive southeast on NS-102 S. Flights into Nova Scotia also fly into Halifax.
This article was submitted by Rachel Campbell from TreePot Travels