Lunenburg is a little fishing port on the Nova Scotia coast between the town of Mahone Bay and the mouth of the LaHave River. Colorful wooden homes, heritage waterfront warehouses, and elegant churches fill the hilly town. At the waterfront, wharves are busy with fishing boats off-loading the daily catch, boat shops building dorie, and chandlery stores selling gear. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich fishing traditions and a popular summertime tourist attraction.
Founded in 1753 as a Protestant settlement, Lunenburg got its name from the many settlers from Lüneburg in northern Germany. The social and cultural life of the town, as well as its traditions and townscape, still bear the imprint of those early northern European settlers.