Our unplanned extended stopover in Lunenburg has been a daily adventure, bringing us an abundance of newfound delights and the sheer joy of exploring this picturesque town. Historically, the main colours in the city were white, grey and red. Red allowed fishermen to see their homeport at a greater distance and in the fog, which is why many port facilities are still coloured red. The vibrant spectrum of houses, introduced by German immigrants in the mid-1970s, initially raised a few local eyebrows but soon became an integral part of the town’s identity. While Lunenburg is a UNESCO-designated historical heritage site with strict architectural preservation guidelines, homeowners enjoy free rein when it comes to choosing the paint palette for their houses.
This is how the lively world of colourful homes came to be, adorning the town’s slopes and offering a delightful view from the bay. The architecture boasts an abundance of intricately carved wood, from ornate architraves and elegant eyebrows to meticulously crafted staircases and balconies adorned with balusters. Each house is a unique masterpiece, evoking the true art of carpentry and construction, deeply rooted in the tradition of shipbuilding and maritime craftsmanship.
So, let’s take another stroll through this captivating town, where every corner reveals a piece of history and a touch of artistic craftsmanship.