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Message from the Mayor

Mayor 2016

WELCOME! Whether you come to Lunenburg by land or by sea or via the internet, whether you visit for a day or stay for a lifetime, you are welcome here. This website is aptly named "explorelunenburg" because there is an amazing amount to explore in this small port town on Nova Scotia’s scenic South Shore.

Seeing Lunenburg online will never be sufficient., however.  Lunenburg must be experienced to be fully appreciated. We welcome visitors year after year and many just decide to stay.

I invite you to explore our vibrant community first hand.  Our working waterfront  is home to renowned fishing and racing schooner Bluenose II, one of Canada’s greatest icons, and to the sail training Tall Ship, Picton Castle, one of Lunenburg’s ambassadors to the world. Come to see a dory being built or learn how to build your own. Learn about the history of the fishery and see the fishing boats still active today. Then, wander through "Old Town" to enjoy the extraordinarily well preserved heritage buildings, from grand churches to beautifully restored homes with our distinct architectural feature – the Lunenburg "bump". While walking the grid patterned streets, stamped defiantly into the uphill grade from the harbour, you will come to appreciate how Lunenburg earned our cherished designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunenburg has a strong and diversified economic base with the presence of international companies as well as smaller manufacturing and marine based businesses, traditional trades and an important hospitality and tourism sector. We are becoming known as a cultural hub. Festivals such as the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and Boxwood Festival , emphasize our strong musical traditions and we are blessed with a generous offering of musical performances year-round. Other festivals including Lunenburg DocFest, Folk Art Festival and Lunenburg LitFest highlight the many facets of culture savoured here. The Lunenburg Acadmey of Music Performance and the Lunenburg School of the Arts provide opportunites for talent to be further developed.  Lunenburg is home to an array of visual artists and galleries.  Culinary art is also available here in abundance. Dining at one or more of our highly acclaimed restaurants is a must.

Packed into only 4 square kilometres is also a full complement of sports and recreation facilities. We have a beautiful golf course, a tennis club, soccer & baseball fields, curling club and arena, bowling alley, community centre/ gymnasium, skate park, public pool and trails. Our modern Bluenose Academy carries on the tradition of academic excellence from the iconic Lunenburg Academy where Lunenburg students were inspired for over 100 years. The Lunenburg Academy is a National Historic Site and is being repurposed as a community cultural centre which will house our public library. Also worthy of mention is our large quality daycare centre, located in the centre of town.

This website holds a wealth of information about our Town so please make good use of it.   Learn more about how the local government operates. You can see documents and information about services, council meetings, bylaws, town committees and so on. Our strategic plan is a work in progress but is being used to guide our progress so your comments, input, ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Together, we can create a promising future worthy of Lunenburg, my home town – and, I hope, yours! 

Yours truly,
Rachel Bailey

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