One of Nova Scotia's most historic and beautiful towns, Lunenburg's colorful waterfront, narrow streets and captivating architecture radiate the flavor of the town's seafaring heritage. Although there was a small French settlement in Lunenburg Bay in the 17th century, Lunenburg town began in 1753 when it was settled by German, Swiss and Montbeliardian Protestants. Dozens of historic buildings and homes dating back to 1760 have been beautifully maintained, the streets still follow the original town plan of 1754. The level of preservation led to Lunenburg's old town being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunenburg has long been known for its shipbuilding, and seafaring heritage. The town's shipyards produced many swift and able fishing schooners, but none more famous than the Bluenose. The "Bluenose" was the undefeated champion of the North Atlantic fishing fleet and winner of four international schooner races. Her fame won her a place on the Canadian dime.

Bluenose II, a replica of the original schooner, is open to visitors when in port. Additionally replicas built in Lunenburg include HMS Bounty and HMS Rose. Lunenburg is also home to the tall ship Picton Castle. There are a variety of fine restaurants and pubs offering a variety of seafood dishes and specialty items such as Lunenburg sausage. There are also colorful shops, museum's, galleries, a theater and much more. There are a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, diving, golfing, walking tours, boat tours, sailing, scenic drives, whale watching, carriage rides, and a variety of festivals throughout the summer. Nearby are picturesque towns such as Mahone Bay, Bridgewater, Chester, and Peggy's Cove. The capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax, is only a one hour drive away.

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