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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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.

Topic Workshops

Housing - April 24, 2019: See the discussion paper on Housing here.

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

Town of Lunenburg
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 outline in the Program available at Heritage Recognition Awards Program.

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

The nomination period for the 2018 Heritage Recognition Awards is now closed. 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.

2017 Certificates of Recognition

206 Fox Street

251-255 Lincoln Street

290 Lincoln Street

306 Lincoln Street

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)


TOWN LOGO Website Use


Heritage Financial Incentives Awards

Town of Lunenburg Winter Power Bill Information


The winter weather has the most influence on the kilowatt hours used by a household, especially temperature, wind, and hours of darkness.  There was a cold snap in December that lasted longer and was colder than typical for December. Wind, such as the storms we saw Christmas Day and January 4th, can have a significant effect on electric use particularly for those with electric heat, space heaters, in-floor heating, etc. When power was restored the evening of Christmas Day 2017, the draw was the highest spike ever recorded by the utility as customers heated their homes, etc. after the restoration of power. 

Unfortunately, the mean or average temperature of a month with many ups/downs and wind storms doesn’t translate to steady kilowatt hour use. We have confirmed this on review of customer accounts who have raised concerns about recent power consumption increases. 


The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) approved a 1.2% Nova Scotia Power Municipal Electric Utility rate increase effective January 1, 2018. The flow-through to Town of Lunenburg customers of this NSP rate increase per the NSUARB approve formula is 1.0%, as our operating costs are less. Effective January 1, 2018 all rate classes were increased by this percentage. 

Billing Comparison 

To compare with previous billing periods, rather than comparing the dollar amount of bills, customers should compare a) kilowatt hours used and b) the number of days.  

Please see attached document A “How to Read your Residential Electric Bill” for a guided explanation. 


A. How to Read your Electric Bill – A sample Lunenburg Electric Utility bill with a guide to the information presented there.

B. TOL Total Power Stats – A chart indicating the total Town kilowatt hour usage in the Nov-Jan period for the past three years. While this is not a single household measurement, it shows that as a whole the Town of Lunenburg’s power use is up this year over last year.

C. Temps Lunenburg Normals SMB 2017 18 – A chart of recent temperature and wind readings, Dec 1 2017-Jan 16 2018. 

D. Temps Lunenburg Normals SMB 2016 17 - Same as C for Dec 1 2016-Jan 16 2017.

E. Temps Lunenburg Normals SMB 2015 16 - Same as C for Dec 1 2015-Jan 16 2016.

Thank you.


Public Works Tip

Further on the subject of the Waste Water Treatment Plant... here's how you can help at home. Thank you.

For more on waste water treatment in the Town of Lunenburg, see here.

TOL Non flushable