"Pictou- The Birthplace of New Scotland" Pictou by Lisser

Pictou Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 36 photos

Pictou (pronounced: Pick-toe, NOT Pick-two!!) is a small town in the heart of northern Nova Scotia. It is world renowned as the "Birthplace of New Scotland". Pictou has a population of approximately 4000 people. The predominant language is english, with most people coming from Scottish or French backgrounds.

The main industries in Pictou are: fishing and fish processing, farming,a pulp and paper mill, Michelin tire plant, and tourism.

Ship Hector: The Ship Hector Launch in 2000, attracted over 50,000 visitors to Pictou for the launch and festivities. It was the most people ever in the town at one time!! Since the launch in 2000, the second weekend of September has been designated "New Scotland Days,"commemerating the landing of the Hector and its passengers.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly people, good food, lots of history
  • Cons:Mostly everything closes from October to May
  • In a nutshell:A tiny town with a big heart
  • Intro Updated Feb 14, 2003
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  • BuickMackane's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 5:33 PM

    I was delighted to find your page. My ancestors came from Inverness to Pictou, and my great-grandfather was born there! Thanks!

  • HappyinSoCal's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2005 at 5:44 PM

    Fun and informative site. My family's from rural Pictou County (East River St. Mary's) and I'll be visiting again soon.

  • Sep 14, 2003 at 8:39 PM

    Excellant page and nice tips..Beautiful phtographs and great albums.....Many many happy returns of the day..Wishing you a a happy birthday..

  • Jul 26, 2003 at 9:31 AM

    Hector Heritage Quay looks pretty and the magic family resort sounds interesting! Nice page about your town..

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2003 at 7:39 PM

    A great page on Pictou! It really is a wonderful place to visit, I know, since I have spent a couple of summer vacations there!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2003 at 6:35 PM

    The Jitney Trail sounds like a nice stroll! Pictou looks like a fantastic place to live! I'd probably be one of those tourists going the wrong way down Water St. LOL Great page!

  • Carmanah's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2003 at 10:14 PM

    Your home town looks beautiful... really charming. I love small towns with a lot of history and culture. If I get to Nova Scotia, I'll be sure to visit! I'm hoping to get to NS some time in the future!

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2003 at 10:32 AM

    Nice page on your home - very useful, informative tips

  • Leipzig's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2003 at 8:45 AM

    Very informative page especially the local customs. Seems to be a great place to live

  • Jan 29, 2003 at 7:43 PM

    Looks like a great place. Everyone should make hometown VT pages as good as this!!


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