Old Town Lunenburg

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg, NS, Canada
Get directions
All day

The Old Town Lunenburg Historic District was designated a national historic site in 1991 by virtue of its gridiron layout, one of the earliest and most intact British model plans in Canada, its strong historical associations especially with the Atlantic fisheries, and the richness and homogeneity of its architecture.

The heritage value of the Old Town Lunenburg Historic District resides in the original plan, the built forms and open spaces within the plan, the physical and cultural manifestations of the off-shore fishing and shipbuilding industries and the harmonious integration of the town and the seascape. Laid out by Charles Morris at the time of his landing on June 8, 1753, Lunenburg’s Old Town Plan was the second British model plan created in present-day Canada, a gridiron plan type which had a direct and important relationship to British imperial settlement policy.

Discover more about Lunenburg:


  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access


Lunenburg, NS, Canada
Get directions

Nearby Places

St. John’s Anglican Church

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
St. John’s Anglican Church, a National Historic Site, was founded in 1753. Welcome!
View Place | Get Directions

Mahone Bay Museum

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
The Mahone Bay Museum is located in a registered Heritage Property built c. 1875. The home…
View Place | Get Directions

Fort Point Museum

LaHave, Nova Scotia
Community museum located on a National Historic Site. Beautiful site with access to walki
View Place | Get Directions

DesBrisay Museum

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
This museum has a collection of the local heritage of Bridgewater, NS.
View Place | Get Directions

Register A Place

Create an account to add your historic place.

Already have an account? to sign in.
We use your contact information to process your registration and correspond with you about the National Trust and its programs. You can unsubscribe at any time. We care about your privacy. Read our privacy statement.

Sign In

Sites that participate in #HistoricPlacesDay need to have an account.

Not registered? Click here to create an account.

Forgot Password

Enter your email address to request a password reset.

to sign in.