Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is located on a peninsula at the western side of Mahone Bay, in the South Shore area of Nova Scotia. Historically, Lunenburg was an important seaport and shipbuilding center. Its first settlers, in 1753, were primarily German and Swiss protestants who came over from Europe. Because of its important Maritime history, and because it is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America, it was designated a UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site in 1995.
The schooner Bluenose was built in Lunenburg. It was a fishing vessel as well as a racing schooner, and was undefeated in the International Fishermen’s Series races. After it’s racing career it became a touring vessel that visited the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, and England in 1935 among other destinations. It won the last International Fishermen’s Series in 1938. After that it was used as a freighter to take goods to the Caribbean, and in 1946, it went aground on reef near Haiti. In 1963, Oland and Sons built a replica of the Bluenose, the Bluenose II, as a promotion for their new Schooner Beer. The schooner was later sold to the government of Nova Scotia for $1 and now serves as a seafaring goodwill ambassador and tourist attraction in Lunenburg.
Despite Lunenburg’s relatively small population (2800 residents), it does have a number of excellent attractions and cultural activities. There are 19 art galleries in Lunenburg, and over 160 restaurants. Lunenburg is also home to The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and has a number of summer festivals including the Lunenburg Craft Festival, the Lunenburg Waterfront Seafood Festival and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (a musical gathering depicting traditional Maritime folk). There are beaches, scenic drives, golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking and plenty of other recreational activities in and around Lunenburg, which means there’s plenty to do when visiting your second home there.
Real estate prices are very reasonable in Lunenburg, with river and lakefront homes starting at around $150,000CDN and oceanfront homes starting a little over $500,000CDN. Areas surrounding Lunenburg are less expensive, with oceanfront homes starting at under $200,000CDN and river and lake front homes starting at under $100,000CDN (although most are priced between $100,000 and $300,000CDN).
For more information about Lunenburg, you can visit their municipal website, or Explore Lunenburg for tourism information.