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Pictou
Travel Guide

Pictou which includes a house and general coastal views

Known as the Birthplace of New Scotland, this seaside town charms with its waterfront cafés, island excursions and replica of an historic ship. 

The Canadian town of Pictou sits on Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Shore and is where Scottish settlers first landed toward the end of the 18th century. Learn about the town's origins, explore waterfront walking trails and go on an island adventure.

Visit the Hector Heritage Quay to see Hector, a reconstruction of the three masted ship that brought Scottish settlers to the area in 1773. Walk the decks and see displays that tell the story of the ship’s historic voyage. For more history, go to the nearby Northumberland Fisheries Museum. View historical photographs and more than artifacts that cover sea heritage along the Northumberland Strait. While you are close to the waterfront, walk or cycle along one of the trails.

Explore the gift shops and galleries along Water Street and stop for lunch in a harbor side café or bistro. Be mindful that some of the premises will be closed during the winter.

Take a ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Pictou Island for its beaches and seal populations. If you want to visit Prince Edward Island, catch a ferry from the port of Caribou, a 2.4-mile (4-kilometer) drive north of Pictou town.

When you return to Caribou, head for Munroe's Island Nature Reserve at Caribou Provincial Park. Here, you may be able to spot numerous bird species including ducks, eagles and ospreys.

Pictou also draws visitors to its deCoste Center. The concert venue hosts a busy concert program that in previous years has attracted such respected performers as the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Mamas and Papas and the Edinburgh String Quartet.

The nearest international airport is in Halifax, approximately 84 miles (135 kilometers) away, while trains stop in the nearby town of Truro. Otherwise, enter the seaside town by sailing or taking a ferry into the harbor.

Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
3.5 out of 5
172 Lodge Road, Pictou, NS
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This Pictou resort is on the beach, 1 mi (1.6 km) from Caribou and Munroes Island Provincial Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pictou Marina and Hector Heritage ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (250 reviews)
"Service is great. Food was great. Overall for the price it was great"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

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Braeside Country Inn
Braeside Country Inn
4 out of 5
126 Front Street, Pictou, NS
The price is £80 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated in Pictou, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Northumberland Fisheries Museum, Hector Heritage Quay and DeCoste Entertainment Centre. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (194 reviews)
"This location has charm and uniqueness that comes from being a historical inn. The room was very clean and comfortable, and the breakfast spread was elegant and beautiful!"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

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The Lionstone Inn Motel and Cottages
The Lionstone Inn Motel and Cottages
2 out of 5
241 West River Road, Pictou, NS
The price is £53 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated in Pictou, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from DeCoste Entertainment Centre and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Pictou Marina. Waterside Beach Provincial Park and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (207 reviews)
"Room was a large size. Tub is great. Staff left us chocolate treats prior to our arrival, reached out ahead of time to welcome us and we're great at check in and check out. Would stay again. the room was a little drafty. But that is to be expected with an old room. We just used blankets and were ..."

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

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Dolan's Cottage
Dolan's Cottage
3.5 out of 5
74 Dawson Street, Pictou, NS
Situated in Pictou, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Pictou Marina, Northumberland Fisheries Museum and Pictou Golf and Country Club. Hector Heritage ...
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"Spacious and comfortable. Great view. Would recommend."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2019

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Revere Executive Suites
Revere Executive Suites
3 out of 5
61 Coleraine Street, Pictou, NS
Situated in Pictou, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Hector Heritage Quay and DeCoste Entertainment Centre. McCulloch House Museum and Pictou ...
4.1/5Very Good! (9 reviews)
"the property was not as shown. we were given a different apartment, in quite poor condition, with many stairs, and inadequate cooling . do NOT recommend this property manager - he owns several properties and apparently uses them interchangeably"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2018

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Dolan's Bronze
Dolan's Bronze
3 out of 5
158 West River Road, Pictou, NS
Situated in Pictou, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of McCulloch House Museum and McCulloch Heritage Centre. DeCoste Entertainment Centre and Hector ...
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