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Pictou is a small town in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Situated on the north-western shore of a natural harbour, it is most well-known for its claim to be the birthplace of new Scotland after the landing of the first settlers to come to Nova Scotia directly from Scotland in 1773. There are many old buildings to see, an attractive waterfront and several museums.

Get in[edit]

By road:

Speed demons coming from New Brunswick, Cape Breton or Halifax can get to Pictou quickly via the Trans-Canada Highway TCH 104 and the short connecting highway 106. A more leisurely drive from New Brunswick can be taken along Trunk 6.

By ferry:

It's the closest town in Nova Scotia to the Prince Edward Island ferry

Get around[edit]

  • Walk - around town
  • Drive - around to the different attractions in Pictou County
  • Cabs - a $5 cab ride gets you just about anywhere


  • 1 Hector Heritage Quay (The Ship Hector), 33 Caladh Avenue, +1 902-485-4371, e-mail: . 10AM-4PM, May 30th-October 12th. The replica Ship Hector and the Hector Quay re-tells the story of the first wave of two hundred Scottish Highlanders who arrived in Pictou aboard the ship Hector, and pays a dramatic tribute to their proud Highland spirit. In addition to the full size replica of the Hector, the Quay also has an Interpretive Centre telling the story of these early settlers, a blacksmith shop, a carpentry shop as well as merchandise available on site. $8 Adults, $6 Seniors, $3 Students, $20 Family.
  • Pictou Waterfront
  • The local Beaches
  • Friendly locals
  • The Pictou Lodge
  • Historic Stone Buildings
  • Water Street
  • New Scotland Days
  • The Pictou Lobster Carnival
  • The Hector Festival



  • Local Crafts. Also, there is a Sobeys Food & Drug Store near Highway 106.


  • Lobster
  • Crown Pizza


Local pubs


Many fine Motels and Bed & Breakfast available

  • Lionstone Inn and Cabins, 241 West River Road, Pictou, toll-free: +1-866-785-4157. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Clean and comfortable accomodiations, very close to PEI ferry terminal on a 3 acre park-like setting. Very good value for the money. $59-$99.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Pictou
Charlottetown ← ferry to Wood Islands (becomes PEI Highway 1.svg) ←  N TCH 106.svg S  New GlasgowEND
ENDAmherst  W Nova Scotia 6.svg E  END

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