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Lunenburg: a World Heritage Site

The Story

This is not a re-creation or a museum; people actually live here. The town of Lunenburg, N.S. has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its oceanfront location collection of colourful homes, shops and churches. This year, its natural charm caught the attention of the popular U.S. TV program Good Morning America, which has come to film a special. In this 1996 CBC-TV report, residents and tourists alike explain why they love Lunenburg.

Medium: Television
Program: 1st Edition
Broadcast Date: Aug. 16, 1996
Guest(s): Laurence Mawhinney
Reporter: Clare MacKenzie
Duration: 6:56

Did You know?

• As reporter Clare Mackenzie explains in this piece, Lunenburg was established in 1753 when "1,200 settlers arrived on these shores... Most of them were German or Swiss, looking for a better way of life in a new world. They had been farmers in their homelands but over the years these people learned the ways of the waters and became successful fishermen and shipbuilders."

• In 1992, the Government of Canada designated "Old Town" Lunenburg as a National Historic District.

• Lunenburg is the homeport of the Bluenose II, a replica of the legendary Nova Scotia fishing schooner built in 1921. The Bluenose was a racing icon, besting American ships by winning the International Fisherman's Trophy for 18 years straight. The Bluenose II was built in 1963 by many of the same workers who constructed the original vessel. It is pictured on Canada's 10-cent piece. 




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