Kingsburg , Nova Scotia , Canada
The Village of Kingsburg with its three glacial bays creating a natural ampitheatre around two magnificent sand beaches and great surf, its three rugged headlands and its five small lakes, is considered to have the most naturally beautiful oceanfront village setting on Nova Scotia's famous South Shore (the Lighthouse Route). Kingsburg's spectacular natural environment has been featured on a nationally televised documentary film.
Despite its great appeal for many, the area remains sparsely populated, simple and spectacularly beautiful. The light of Kingsburg is often luminescent. Its ocean is open with pounding surf.
Although Kingsburg is only fifteen minutes south-west of the Town of Lunenburg, in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, and only 80 minutes from Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, the village is still largely undiscovered and unknown even to native Nova Scotians.
The village is a quiet, out of the way place, located at the end of a peninsula at the mouth of the LaHave River. There are no stores in Kingsburg. The village consists of about one hundred houses, about one quarter of which are classic Cape Cod style houses, approximately 200 years old. The nearest store is in Rose Bay, about 5 km away.
Kingsburg's oceanfront is varied - sandy beaches, granite boulders nestled among the slate outcroppings and shoals, rocky cliffs, cobblestone dunes, driftwood and tidal pools. The surf is spectacular and during, or after a storm, the waves are enormous. Wildlife is abundant: whales, dolphins, leatherback turtles, deer, rabbits, many other species of small animals and approximately fifty varieties of birds are found on the headland. Just in from the shore is a thick and mature white spruce forest, high rolling meadows, low lying bog and small ponds.
Kingsburg was settled in the mid 1700's by Swiss German settlers brought to the New World by the English. At that same time, the English were busy expelling the French from the region. These French speaking people were and are known as the Acadians. They took their culture to Louisiana where they are now known as Cajuns.
Aside from the beauty of the South Shore, the Lunenburg area offers all the required conveniences: two hospitals, restaurants, cinemas, shopping centers, supermarkets, yacht clubs, car rental companies, bakeries, specialty shops of all kinds and entertainment all within 20-30 minutes. The Town of Lunenburg was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of few such designated urban sites in North America. Lunenburg is known as the town that hasn't changed in over one hundred years. Old Town District of Lunenburg is an extremely well-preserved example of 18th-century British town planning in North America and an excellent example of a sustained vernacular architectural tradition spanning more than 240 years. The model town plan, building forms and fabric and its cultural evolution based on shipbuilding and fishing industries illustrate successive stages in the human history of North America. Economically, Lunenburg was, and remains, an important center for shipbuilding and related industries. It is one of the very few communities in North America where traditional shipbuilding skills are still to be found.
By way of recreation, guests to this area can enjoy breathtaking coastal hiking, bicycling on flat coastal roads and back roads, ocean kayaking, golfing, tennis, swimming, boogie boarding in the surf, whale, dolphin, seal and bird watching, sailing, sailing lessons, sail on the Bluenose when she is in her home port of Lunenburg, windsurfing, canoeing, the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg and many other small specialty museums, fishing, boat tours, the La Have River cable ferry, the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival, the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival (Lunenburg), the Lunenburg Folk Harbour (Music) Festival, the Boxwood Flute Festival, buy smoked salmon direct from the smoker, or lobsters direct from the fishermen during the lobster season.
There is no end to the things to keep you interested in Lunenburg County. But after all is said and done, most visitors realize that the most wonderful thing to do is just stay in Kingsburg and absorb the place.