Pictou Travel Guide

  • Pictou waterfront.
    Pictou waterfront.
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  • The Braeside Inn, Pictou.
    The Braeside Inn, Pictou.
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  • The view from Pictou waterfront.
    The view from Pictou waterfront.
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Pictou Things to Do

  • Take a step back in time.

    The Hector Heritage Quay Experience is one of the main attractions in Pictou and is acclaimed as one of the most important and exciting heritage developments in Nova Scotia, the Hector Heritage Quay, located on the scenic Pictou waterfront, offers visitors a unique glimpse into the journey of early Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia and their life in...

  • Visit the waterfront

    Take a walk along the waterfront, visit The Hector Heritage Quay Experience, stop for a meal or a drink.

  • The Ship Hector and Hector...

    The Quay gives the story of the Ship Hector and the establishment of Pictou in 1773. After seeing the interpretive center, you can then go aboard the replica of the Hector that was built and launched in 2000. More information is available in my Hector Travelogue!

  • Northumberland Fisheries...

    Northumberland Fisheries MuseumThe Fisheries Museum contains an original fisherman's bunkhouse, furnished with authentic items used by fishermen from the turn of the century until the company cookhouses closed. Displays include: items relating to the fishing industry, including a 'spar and boom' used on lobster boats in the late 1800's; the Silver...

  • DeCoste Entertainment Centre

    The deCoste Centre is a 450 seat concert hall presenting year-round live entertainment. Music, drama, variety shows and ceilidhs offer visitors an entertainment package that includes a little of everything. The deCoste Centre also presents the Hector Festival (every Aug.) and the Summer Sounds of Nova Scotia, a series of ceilidhs held every...

  • Magic Valley Family Fun Park

    Waterslides, Storybook Village,LIve Animals, Pool, Bumper/Pedal Boats, Train, Raceway, Mini golf, Arcade.Fun for the whole family!


Pictou Hotels

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Pictou Restaurants

  • Follow the locals.

    The Stone House Cafe restaurant is one of Pictou's most historic buildings and dates back to the early 1800's. The original house was for many years Pictou's largest and was originally built for John Dawson, a local businessman. The Stone House Cafe is appropriately named as it is of a freestone and scottish granite construction and as well as a...

  • The Best Pizza in Town!

    This is not a restaurant, strictly take-out. However, it is definitely the best pizza in town and I've yet to find anything, anywhere that I like better!! Looks can be deceiving... although this place is not the prettiest building, the great food will quickly make you forget about that. So give it a try! "The Works" Pizza

  • Salt Water Cafe

    There's a great atmosphere here. Really good food and a great selection of local seafood. The restaurant extends out onto the water like a wharf. You can sit and eat while watching sailboats go by. Very relaxing! Pasta, Chicken fingers, Caesar Salad


Pictou Nightlife

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    deCoste Entertainment Centre: Summer Sounds of Nova Scotia

    by Lisser Written Apr 14, 2003

    A series of summer concerts held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights throughout the summer months. They are put on predominantly for tourists in an attempt to share the music and culture of our area with people who visit from around North America and all over the world!
    Drinks are available at the bar, and it's a fairly informal yet entertaining evening of storytelling and song that would be sure to delight anyone visiting our area!

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    • Family Travel
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    • Theater Travel

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Pictou Transportation

  • Jiggs& Reels Boat Tours Ltd.

    A daily water taxi service that leaves downtown Pictou and connects to the heart of downtown New Glasgow. OR,Enjoy Pictou County's finest boat tour thru inland waterways and out into the Northumberland Strait. The three hour tour, departing from downtown Pictou or downtown New Glasgow, offers historic scenery, entertainment, deep sea fishing, etc....

  • By Land-Highways from all...

    By Land-Highways from all points in the U.S. and Canada join the Trans Canada Highway from New Brunswick into Nova Scotia. Via Rail Canada provides transcontinental train service; there are stations in Truro and Halifax. By Sea- Come to Nova Scotia by mini-cruise. Car ferries in Sydney and Yarmouth bring passengers to Nova Scotia.By Air-Daily...

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Pictou Local Customs

  • ...Only Here in Pictou!

    ~Chloroform was produced for the first time in North America right here in Pictou in 1848. ~The old post office in Pictou is the only building in the world with a window in its chimney. ~Former Prime Minister of Canada Sir John Thompson's mother lived in Pictou. ~Pictou Academy was the first school in Nova Scotia where any student could attend...

  • In all of Nova Scotia, and...

    In all of Nova Scotia, and Pictou being a good example, there is a very distinct Scottish culture. It is really unlike anything else in all of Canada. There's lots of bagpipes, kilts and beer :) People are so friendly and welcoming. We're as proud of our past as of our present day way of life.

  • I don't know if you can find...

    I don't know if you can find more friendly or helpful people anywhere in Canada! Maybe I am a little biased but still...Don't be afraid to ask questions-people love to share their knowledge and show you around. You'll discover the real meaning of a town where 'everybody knows your name!'


Pictou Warnings and Dangers

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    Pictou: The One Way Street!

    by Lisser Written Sep 29, 2002

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    The main street of Pictou, called Water St.
    is very narrow with lots of traffic so it was made a ONE WAY street! Every year there are countless tourists who don't follow the street signs and end up endangering everyone in their path. However, locals expect this to happen and are always ready to guide you in the right direction!

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Pictou Tourist Traps

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    Souvenir Shopping

    by Lisser Written Nov 16, 2002

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    Souvenir shopping. Gift shops are all over town and stuff is ridiculously overpriced. Only tourists shop there because locals can't afford it! Although things such as t-shirts and local products are worth the money, please don't waste your money on those silly Sou' Wester hats,collector spoons, magnets or pens. If you must, go to our local dollar store, which has a wide selection of things like that- for $1 each!

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Pictou Off The Beaten Path

  • Pictou Island

    If you're up for a real "off the beaten path" experience than a day trip to Pictou Island would be perfect for you. It's a little island 3km long off the coast, almost halfway to Prince Edward Island. There's only one road, and LOTS of unexpected run-ins with wildlife! There a couple beautiful beaches there and a nice change from the ordinary....


    JITNEY TRAIL LOCATION: Pictou Waterfront to Brown’s PointDISTANCE: 3 KM (one way)DESCRIPTION: flat, partially paved, along waterfront. Suitable for walking, cycling, cross-county skiing, running and wheelchairs.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Pictou Favorites

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    The town of Pictou is renowned...

    by Lisser Written Aug 29, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The town of Pictou is renowned as the 'Birthplace of New Scotland'. It was here that the first Scottish settlers landed in 1773. There were 189 passengers who boarded the Hector at Loch Broom in Scotland and dared to make the journey toward a new life in Nova Scotia. The arrival of the Hector marked the strengthening of Nova Scotia's ties to the heritage and culture of Scotland- a connection that would continue to grow and contribute greatly to the development of Nova Scotia over the next two centuries.

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