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Home of the BLUENOSE - A view from Lunenburg's beautiful waterfront today will take in many of these established marine industries. Among these are: High Liner Foods Inc., one of the largest fish processing plants in North America. A diversified economy based on the fisheries, tourism and manufacturing has become firmly entrenched in Lunenburg. The Town of Lunenburg`s 250th anniversary in 2003 was a testament to this. For centuries Lunenburg's affinity with the sea has shaped her destiny. During the era of wooden ships and iron men, an enviable seafaring and shipbuilding reputation was wrought. Canada`s most famous tall ship, `Bluenose` was a classic tribute to Lunenburg's shipbuilding expertise. `Bluenose II`, a replica of the original, is Nova Scotia's `Ambassador of Goodwill` and delights thousands as she majestically sails the Atlantic. The Town of Lunenburg offers visitors many architectural delights. Houses, businesses, churches and public buildings from the late 1700's and particularly early 1800`s are still being used today. Nova Scotia`s majestic south shore Lighthouse Route is famous for its scenic drives and beautiful beaches.
Lunenburg and the nearby seaside community of Blue Rocks are classic examples of the area`s picturesque beauty, making it an inspiring location for artists. For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Lunenburg offers a number of recreational activities. Campgrounds, golf courses and sandy beaches are all within a few minutes drive. The surrounding waters are a sailor`s paradise.
The Town`s German heritage has been maintained and promoted and the history of the fishing industry has been captured in the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. In 1992, the Government of Canada designated `Old Town` Lunenburg as a National Historic District. In 1995, the World Heritage Committee recognized Lunenburg's cultural and natural heritage by adding it to their World Heritage List. Old Town Lunenburg has been designated by the Government of Canada as a place of National Historic significance.
Lunenburg is part of the family of National Historic Sites, one of more than 800 places across Canada which help define the important aspects of Canada`s diverse heritage and identity. Due to its strong Maritime culture, Lunenburg has retained close ties with fellow Maritimers in the New England states, such as Gloucester, Massachusetts. Lunenburg`s rich German heritage has also made it a popular destination for European visitors.