Old Town Lunenburg: Preserving a Part of Canada’s Past

Old Town Lunenburg, Canada

Canada isn’t particularly well-known for its tourist attractions. This is perhaps why the country is often regarded as the inferior shadow of the United States of America, one of major countries in North America, where Canada is part. But what many people fail to realize is that Canada is culturally and historically richer than America. For one, Canada was influenced by many cultures, being a colony of a number of countries for considerable number of years. Anyone knows, for instance, that Canada is partly influenced by French culture, and a number of regions in the country are very French in culture and lifestyle. An example of this is Quebec—its official language is French, the only province in Canada with that distinction.

One of the lesser known tourist destinations in Canada is Old Town Lunenburg, located at the Lunenburg County in Nova Scotia. With a population of less than 3,000 people, Lunenburg isn’t an ideal destination because of its modern amenities or extravagant attractions. Old Town Lunenburg, however, is appealing and well worth the trip because it offers subtle delights and unique character. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, Lunenburg is widely considered to be one of the best examples of a planned British colonial settlement.

Lunenburg was established in 1753, named to honor the King of Great Britain (who was also the duke of Brunswick-Lunenburg). It was the first colonial settlement created by the British within Nova Scotia, an attempt to colonize a native Acadian territory, or native Canadians with French roots. Years later, even after the end of the colonization attempts of the British, Lunenburg preserved its original appearance, marked by houses and building made from wood—an architectural trademark of the area—that has been around since the 18th century. The architecture in the area is distinctly European, apart from the common styles found in the country then and now.

Some of the architectural sites in the area include 49 Cornwallis Street, the Koch-Solomon House and the Heckman-Morash House, St. John’s Anglican Rctory, and the Lutheran Church. A view of 49 Cornwallis will show anyone the usual template of houses in Old Town Lunenburg—Georgian in style and generally stately, something out of an old English novel. Its what a house from novels by Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, or Jane Austen would look like. The Koch-Solomon House is also another important residence in Lunenburg, thanks to its age. It was built during the 1790s, and remains to be a seminal part of this old port town.

Yet another establishment that has been around for ages is the Lutheran Church on Fox Street. One of the oldest Lutheran congregations in Canada, it is probably one of the first buildings in Lunenburg, perhaps dating as far back as the start of the settlement in the area. However, the church that is seen today is no longer the original structure. Rebuilt during the late 1880s after a series of renovations, the new church has a High Victorian Gothic style, yet its general appearance still fits the overall ambiance of the town.

Old Town Lunenburg, Canada

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  1. Canada is well known for its tourist attraction place Old Town Lunenburg.

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