Lunenburg is a port town on the South Shore and home to the Bluenose II. Founded in 1753, the town was one of the first British attempts to settle Protestants in Nova Scotia intended to displace Mi’kmaqs and Acadians.
The historic town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. It is considered the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America, having retained its original layout and appearance, including wooden architecture in the local vernacular. Trot in Time Horse and Buggy tours offers a guided description of local landmarks and lure.
The economy was traditionally based on the offshore fishery, and today Lunenburg is the site of Canada’s largest secondary fish-processing plant owned by High Liner Foods . Aerospace and software companies are also major employers in the area.
The town’s architecture and picturesque location make it attractive to the film industry. Films set in New England but filmed partly in Lunenburg include The Covenant and Dolores Claiborne. The 2010 Japanese movie Hanamizuki was partly set and filmed in Lunenburg and the science fiction television show Haven was partly filmed there though it is set in the United States .The 2012 film The Disappeared was shot in Lunenburg.