The World Heritage list is reserved for locations of unique cultural significance or natural beauty. Lunenburg is one of only two urban World Heritage Sites in continental North America (Old Quebec is the other). The town gained UNESCO distinction for its well-planned conception as a fishing village and the remarkable conservation of its original town centre, a colonial harbour settlement with impressive wooden architecture. Lunenburg is the world’s best-preserved British colonial fishing village and The Lunenburg Opera House (LOH) sits at its centre.
The LOH was built by the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows (IOOF), a fraternal order with origins in Britain and chapters throughout North America. The corner stone of The LOH was laid in 1907 and the first performance graced its stage in January 1909.
Today The LOH is a unique venue for music, art and private events.