Welcome To The Town Of Lunenburg
On behalf of the Town of Lunenburg, I am very pleased to extend a warm welcome and best wishes to new residents! We’re confident that you will love living here. Lunenburg is known for its small-town charm and progressive outlook.
A significant portion of our community, “Old Town” Lunenburg, is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site and a National Historic District. We are proud of this designation and trust you will be too.
The First Nations people known as Mi’kmaq hunted and fished in this area, and by the 1680s were joined by a few Acadian families who established a small community called Mirligueche. In 1753 the Town of Lunenburg was founded as the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. The Town is considered to be the oldest German settlement in Canada.
The Lunenburg settlers were referred to as the "Foreign Protestants" and came from various parts of Germany, Switzerland, and the Montbeliard region of France. A stable economy was built on farming, fishing, shipbuilding and ocean-based commerce, particularly in the West Indies trade.
This Town has continued to thrive with a diversified economy of tourism, manufacturing, creative and service industries. Lunenburg attracts talented and adventuresome people to live and work here, making for a vibrant community.
The Lunenburg Town Council and staff are available to answer any inquiries you may have about your new home town. We are committed to providing the highest level of municipal services to the community. Please let us know what more we can do to make Lunenburg the best it can be.
We welcome you to complete a new resident form.
I also extend a personal invitation to you to visit the Town Hall at 119 Cumberland Street to learn more about the Town and how we may be of service to you.
Mayor Rachel Bailey
902-634-4410, ext. 224
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