Explore Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic District, winner of the Communities in Bloom most beautiful small town in Canada, Prettiest Painted Places in Canada, Port City of the Year and Society of American Travel Writers’ awards. Picturesque Lunenburg lies nestled along the scenic shores of southern Nova Scotia one hour from Halifax and the international airport. Experience our way of life and work amidst historic architecture, attractions and amenities. For more information, please contact us at 902-634-4410.

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Town of Lunenburg COVID-19 Pandemic Information

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Provincial State of Emergency 

On March 22, 2020 the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency has been extended until noon on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. 

On May 1, the Province announced some limited easing of some public health measures; applicable items to the Town are included below. For frequently asked questions on the current status, see the pdf NS Public Health FAQ May 15 2020 (65 KB) , and pdf Beaches & Parks FAQ May 15 2020 (40 KB) .

On May 15, the Province announced relaxing of self-isolation to "immediate family bubbles", i.e., two households can gather exclusively with each other only (no additional visitors).

On May 27, the Province announced permission to re-open for some business sectors - with modifications - as of June 5, 2020. For more information, visit: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia/

Please note that Nova Scotia's criteria for determining if you need to be tested for COVID-19 has changed. See here.

For current Provincial information on the pandemic: www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus

For current Provincial information on re-openings: www.novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia

Town of Lunenburg Municipal Operations and Partial Closures 

In the interest of public health, the following operational changes have been made by the Town. Updates will be posted to this site as further information is available. 

The Provincial government has directed Municipal Councils to cease all in-person Town Council and Committee meetings, including public hearings, until further notice. Instead, these meetings must be held by video or telephone conference, recorded, and the minutes posted to the Town website https://www.explorelunenburg.ca/

Lunenburg Town Council broadcast its first video conference meeting on April 14 to Zoom and the Town of Lunenburg YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2UN0woH. (Zoom and YouTube Live meeting links will be shared with the agenda before each meeting.) Council is also preparing for scheduled public presentations to be made during Council meetings, a second public hearing in May, and additional meetings. If you wish to make a public presentation, please contact the CAO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least a week in advance.

Project Lunenburg’s Comprehensive Community Plan work is continuing online – see www.projectlunenburg.ca for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Town of Lunenburg Departments have made operational adjustments to provide as many municipal services as possible in compliance with Provincial directives to maintain physical distancing of a minimum of two metres/six feet. Below is a listing of individual Town Departments and updates in ways in which they are offering a wide range of municipal services to the public. 

Corporate Services

Town Hall staff are working on and off-site providing ongoing municipal services. Offices remain closed to the public to ensure physical distancing. All municipal services are still available by phone at 902-634-4410, ext. 0 during the week and after hours at 902-527-0150.

•  Building development applications and planning inquiries are being dealt with by staff on an ongoing basis. Please contact Dawn Sutherland, Planning and Development Manager, at 902-521-4311 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any planning or development matters. 

•  Building inspections are scaled back. If you have an urgent matter please contact the Building Inspection Office at 902-541-1325.

•  Burning permits are currently not being issued by the Town due to a pdf Province-wide burning ban (30 KB) , which has been extended to June 1. No burning is permitted, however, the use of fire pits which are no wider than 0.5 m in diameter, and backyard appliances (like chimineas) are permitted for households but must follow the posted burning restrictions updated at 2:00pm daily (https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/) and take local conditions such as wind into consideration. CSA-approved appliances such as gas barbecues and propane fire pits are also permitted. The use of consumer fireworks is prohibited. For reference, see this link to Lunenburg's pdf Burning Bylaw (127 KB) .

•  The Electric Utility operations are generally unchanged although some aspects have been adjusted, such as wiring inspections, due to physical distancing requirements. If you have any questions regarding the Electric Utility, please contact Cali Beck, Electric Utility Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 902-634-4410, ext 3.

•  Finance: Town Property Tax and Utility Billings Update

Property Taxes and Sewer Charges - on April 14 Town Council approved immediate relief for both residential and business taxpayers, which includes:

- Waiving of overdue interest on tax/sewer bills up to and including June 30, 2020.

- Interest rate reduction on property tax and sewer charge arrears after June 30, 2020 from 2% per month to 1.5% per month.

- The Town will work with individuals and businesses having difficulty paying taxes to achieve reasonable repayment arrangements over time. 

- Unfortunately, the Province has advised that municipalities do not have the legislative authority to offer a tax deferral. We are, however, working with our Provincial and municipal colleagues to create potential payment plan options to make property tax payments more manageable. 

Electric and Water Utility bills - overdue interest charges will be waived on these accounts if customers are unable to pay in full up to and including June 30, 2020.

The outdoor drop-box at the Town Hall front entrance, 119 Cumberland Street, is available for Town bill payments. For additional payment options and account inquiries, please see pdf here (48 KB) .

•  Fire inspections are suspended until further notice. In the case of an urgent matter, please contact Bruce Parks, Fire Inspector at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

•  Heritage applications and general inquiries can be directed to Arthur MacDonald, Heritage Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

•  The Lunenburg Branch Library at the Lunenburg Academy is closed to the public, but many public services are still available online at www.southshorepubliclibraries.ca.

Public Works

Public Works staff continue to maintain all municipal infrastructure, water and wastewater services. Contact the Public Works Department at 902-634-8992 for more information.

•  The new solid waste bi-weekly “bulky items” collection program started April 28 as an alternative to the twice- per-year special collection service. This is an additional service to the regular solid waste collection program. Visit the Town’s Garbage Collection page for the 2020 solid waste collection calendar and more information. 

•  The Town's municipal compost site is open on Fridays only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The entrance to the compost site is on Starr Street, near the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Town of Lunenburg residents are welcome to dispose of leaves, limbs and garden waste only at this site. Please be sure to observe social distancing of 2m/6ft at all times.

Recreation

Recreation staff are working on and off-site to maintain Recreation facilities and plan for future programs and events. The Recreation Director can be contacted at 902-634-4006 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

•  Recreation facilities including the Lunenburg War Memorial Community Centre and Arena are closed to the public. Recreation programs and rentals are suspended until further notice for public safety.

Although the Nova Scotia Government has announced that certain businesses, including fitness facilities, may re-open starting June 5, 2020 (provided they meet their sector-specific plan), the Lunenburg Community Centre will not be re-opening on June 5th.

Staff are working on re-opening plans that protect people in our facilities, and our aim is to ensure our return to operations is as smooth and safe as possible for our community members and staff. Public health and safety are essential to our reopening process. When facility operations and programs begin to open, we will also rely on our community members to follow all communicated health and hygiene procedures to ensure we are able to keep the facility safe for all users. More information to come; we look forward to welcoming you back to the Lunenburg Community Centre when we can safely return.

•  Municipal public parks including the community garden and outdoor soccer field, baseball field, and track, are re-opened. Enjoy what's available in our community within walking distance of your home, while maintaining physical distancing. For example, you may walk on the track or kick a ball with members of your own household, but you may not play a game with other people. Town playgrounds remain closed. Please note that the use of the skateboard park also requires physical distancing at all times.

•  The Back and Front Harbour Trails are allowed to remain open for exercise only. If you can walk to it, you can use it. Please do not drive to a trail. Users must maintain a two-metre/six-foot separation distance from all others at all times unless they are members of your own household (no more than five people). If you must pass someone on the Trail be sure to maintain physical distance by moving to the shoulder of the Trail on your far right – including those on bicycles. Please don’t socialize on the Trail – do that later by phone, email, etc. This applies to Town sidewalks as well.

•  The Broad Street Boat Launch will be re-opening later this month with Provincial physical distancing requirements for all users. Further information will be provided next week.

The Town’s after-hours contact number is 902-527-0150 for any urgent municipal inquiries.

The RCMP is also maintaining regular operations. The local Lilydale Detachment office number is 902-634-8674 for non-emergency matters. If it is a fire, police or medical emergency please call 911.

The Canada Border Services Agency has temporarily suspended service at certain small vessel reporting sites, small airports of entry and ferry terminals, effective as of May 12, 2020, at 23:59 EDT. This decision includes the following sites: Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg Lunenburg Yacht Club.

Additional Resources

Government of Nova Scotia: www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus

The Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free).

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).

For help or information about domestic violence 24/7, call 1-855-225-0220 (toll-free).

Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus / toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397.

Stay informed and well!

Elections

Election 2020

The date of the next municipal election is Saturday, October 17, 2020. The Town of Lunenburg elects a Mayor and six Councillors-at-large.

At the Town Council Meeting of November 26, 2019, Patrick A. Burke, Q.C., of Burke, Macdonald & Luczak Barristers and Solicitors was appointed the 2020 Municipal Election Returning Officer.

More information for voters and potential candidates to come.

Municipal Elections Act

Elections are under the jurisdiction of the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. For more information, visit their website here.

Read the provincial legislation here.

Accessibility

Lunenburg County Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Town of Lunenburg has partnered with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay, and the Municipality of the District of Chester to form a Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee.

This committee provides advice to the municipal councils in Lunenburg County on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities. The committee plays a pivotal role in helping municipalities to become barrier-free communities that comply with Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act (2017).

For more, read the committee's pdf Terms of Reference (2.05 MB) .

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*NEW Accessible Lunenburg County - Survey

The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee's website is here: https://www.accessiblelunenburgcounty.ca/

The municipalities in Lunenburg County are creating an Accessibility Plan to improve accessibility in our region.

To help the Committee write this plan, they need to hear from people with disabilities, or organizations that represent people with disabilities. Share your thoughts in the following survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AccessibleLunenburgCounty

pdf Press Release (172 KB)

Nova Scotia Accessibility Act

Under the Accessibility Act, municipalities must develop an accessibility plan by April 1, 2021. The accessibility plans must be updated every three years.

The Accessibility Act recognizes accessibility as a human right, and sets a goal to make Nova Scotia an accessible province by 2030. The goal of the act is to prevent and remove barriers that restrict people with disabilities from fully participating in society.

For more, read the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act.  

UNESCO in Nova Scotia

 

 

Nova Scotia UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves

 

 

 

Nova Scotia has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. 

World Heritage is the designation for places in the world that are of outstanding universal value to humanity, and as such have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Places as diverse and unique as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, the Taj Mahal in India, the Grand Canyon in the USA, or the Acropolis in Greece are examples of the over 1000 natural and cultural places inscribed on the World Heritage List to date.  

Further information on UNESCO World Heritage Sites is available at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/about/

Biosphere Reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. They are internationally recognized, nominated by national governments and remain under sovereign jurisdiction of the countries where they are located. Biosphere reserves serve in some ways as ‘living laboratories’ for testing out and demonstrating integrated management of land, water and biodiversity. 

Further information on UNESCO Biosphere Reserves is available at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/ecological-sciences/biosphere-reserves/

A searchable Interactive Science Atlas is available at: http://bit.ly/2Ue6ts1

Nova Scotia Tourism information on UNESCO sites in Nova Scotia is available at: https://www.novascotia.com/see-do/attractions/unesco-heritage-sites

Nova Scotia UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Nova Scotia UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: 

Old Town Lunenburg was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995.  

Lunenburg is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Established in 1753, it has retained its original layout and overall appearance, based on a rectangular grid pattern drawn up in the home country. The inhabitants have managed to safeguard the city's identity throughout the centuries by preserving the wooden architecture of the houses, some of which date from the 18th century.  

Further information on Old Town Lunenburg is available at: https://www.explorelunenburg.ca/lunenburgs-heritage.html

Nova Scotia Tourism on Lunenburg: https://www.novascotia.com/explore/top-25/lunenburg

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Where the world-famous Bay of Fundy exposes a 300-million-year-old story.

Preserved in nature, uncovered by force. Explore one of nature’s most inspiring creations, where the highest tides in the world reveal the most complete fossil record of the “Coal Age,” 100 million years before the dinosaurs. Every rock holds the possibility of discovery, and our guided tours may lead you to finding a missing piece of time’s puzzle. At Joggins, our backyard may be 300 million years old but every day is different! The swamp forests produced massive quantities of organic matter that, over millions of years, created the coal deposits for which this period of history is named.

Further information on the Joggins Fossil Cliffs is available at: http://www.jogginsfossilcliffs.net 

Nova Scotia Tourism on the Joggins Fossil Cliffs: https://www.novascotia.com/see-do/attractions/joggins-fossil-cliffs-unesco-world-heritage-site/1312

The Landscape of Grand Pré was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2012.  

Situated in the southern Minas Basin of Nova Scotia, the Grand Pré marshland and archaeological sites constitute a cultural landscape bearing testimony to the development of agricultural farmland using dykes and the aboiteau wooden sluice system, started by the Acadians in the 17th century and further developed and maintained by the Planters and present-day inhabitants. Over 1,300 hectares, the cultural landscape encompasses a large expanse of polder farmland and archaeological elements of the towns of Grand Pré and Hortonville, which were built by the Acadians and their successors. The landscape is an exceptional example of the adaptation of the first European settlers to the conditions of the North American Atlantic coast. The site – marked by one of the most extreme tidal ranges in the world, averaging 11.6 meters – is also inscribed as a memorial to the Acadian way of life and deportation, which started in 1755, known as the Grand Dérangement.  

Further information on the Landscape of Grand Pré is available at: http://www.landscapeofgrandpre.ca/home.html 

Nova Scotia Tourism on Grand Pré: https://www.novascotia.com/see-do/attractions/grand-pr-national-historic-site/1335

The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2001.  

The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is located in the southwestern portion of the peninsular Province of Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada. The region is bounded to the north shore by the Bay of Fundy, with the world’s highest tides, and to the east by the North Atlantic Ocean. The majority of the area’s terrestrial land base has been designated a biosphere reserve ‘zone of cooperation’ comprised of five counties — Annapolis, Digby, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth — with a population of approximately 100,000 people.  

Further information on the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is available at: http://swnovabiosphere.ca/  

The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve in 2011.  

The Bras d‘Or Lake is an estuarine system located in the middle of Cape Breton Island. Cape Breton is a rugged and irregularly shaped island covering about 10,280 square kilometers. It lies north-east of mainland Nova Scotia, and is joined to the mainland by a 1.4 km causeway constructed in 1955. The Differential erosion has resulted in steep hills around the lake and peninsulas within it, which divide the estuarine ecosystem into five, long, deep channels in the north half of the lake and a number of bays in the south. Along the west side of the watershed, steep hills rise abruptly to highland plateaus (the Cape Breton Highlands) at elevations of 250 to 300 meters.  

Further information on the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve is available at: https://blbra.ca/ 

Nova Scotia Tourism on the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere: https://www.novascotia.com/see-do/attractions/unesco-heritage-sites/bras-dor-lake-biosphere-reserve

 

Project Lunenburg - Comprehensive Community Plan

Project Lunenburg

Project Lunenburg is a comprehensive community planning process initiated by the Town of Lunenburg. It’s about bringing people together to set our direction for the years to come.

Visit the Project Lunenburg website here: www.projectlunenburg.ca

Project Lunenburg's Facebook page is here: www.facebook.com/projectlunenburg

The Lunenburg Comprehensive Community Plan must be developed with the community, for the community. It will be rooted in the collective ideas and desires of citizens, visitors, and local stakeholders. The project team has made a sincere commitment to meaningful community engagement integrated through all steps of the process. 

Over the next year we will take a holistic look at the future of Lunenburg. We will define community goals and aspirations, and chart a course that has community efforts moving in the same direction, contributing to a shared vision for the future. 

There will be a variety of opportunities to be involved, as the focus will be on one particular issue at a time. Each phase will include a background paper, a community workshop, an interactive online engagement, and outreach activities. Until April, we are laying the foundation for the project, with online engagement activities that will gather general input about existing conditions and aspirations for the future.  

Project Lunenburg will focus on many important topics:

  • housing
  • transportation infrastructure
  • built heritage and streetscapes
  • recreation and community spaces
  • art and culture
  • environment and sustainability
  • regional cooperation
  • economic development
  • land use policy 

The plan set out through Project Lunenburg will take years to implement. As a result, the plan must be far-looking and consider not just the expected local and global trends of today, but also of the next 40 years or more. The plan must also have a clear strategy for implementation, with well-defined and achievable steps.  

At the same time, a strong plan is not set it stone, and it does not decrease creativity or restrict opportunities. It must be flexible enough to response to what may emerge in the years to come, adapting to new trends and opportunities, and as the vision for a good community evolves.

The process is overseen by a steering committee of Council members, staff, citizen representatives, and Develop Nova Scotia. UPLAND Planning and Design are the consultants who will guide the work.

The project team has made a sincere commitment to meaningful community engagement integrated through all steps of the process. All perspectives and experiences are welcome.

Comprehensive Community Planning

Comprehensive Community Planning is a community-specific, inclusive and holistic process that covers all aspects of the community, and enables it to plan its development and lay out its vision and high-level goals for the long term. The project includes the generation of a Comprehensive Community Plan (CPP) as well as an updated Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law, and Subdivision By-law as supporting documents.

After a Request for Proposal process, The Town of Lunenburg selected UPLAND Planning + Design Inc. as its consultant partner on the CCP Project at the December 11, 2018 Council Meeting. UPLAND's proposal document can be viewed pdf here (9.24 MB) .

   

Heritage Recognition Awards

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Heritage Recognition Awards Program

The Town of Lunenburg has established an annual Heritage Recognition Awards Program. The Program recognizes property owners and developers for a “job well done” in outstanding restoration and/or rehabilitation work as well as new compatible infill developments that contribute positively to a streetscape. Each year the Town will be advertising for public nominations in five (5) recognition categories as outlined in the Program available at pdf Heritage Recognition Awards Program (23 KB) .

All developments, big or small, located anywhere within the Town of Lunenburg, are eligible for nomination.

The nomination period for the 2019 Heritage Recognition Awards begins on February 4, 2020 and closes on March 6, 2020. If you know of a development that is deserving of the Award please submit your nomination to the Heritage Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any questions or comments concerning the Heritage Recognition Awards Program please do not hesitate to contact the Heritage Manager at 902-634-4410 ext. 234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 Certificates of Recognition

pdf 41 Kaulbach Street (848 KB)

pdf 166 Pelham Street (849 KB)

pdf 215 Pelham Street (856 KB)

pdf 321 Lincoln Street (840 KB)

pdf 324 Lincoln Street (882 KB)

pdf 365 Lincoln Street (848 KB)

2017 Certificates of Recognition

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251-255 Lincoln Street

290 Lincoln Street

306 Lincoln Street

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