Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

The Eastern Shore and Northern Nova Scotia Travel Guide

Pictou

Many people come to Pictou for the sole purpose of catching the ferry onward to Prince Edward Island (it departs from Caribou, just minutes away), but the town itself is lovely, with a revitalized waterfront centered on a very different vessel. In 1773 an aging cargo ship named the Hector arrived here carrying the initial load of Scottish Highlanders, making Pictou "The Birthplace of New

Scotland." Each year in mid-August, the quay is the focal point for the weekend-long Hector Festival, which celebrates the Scots’ arrival. Held in early July to mark the close of this region’s fishing season, the raucous Pictou Lobster Carnival features lobster-boat races, trap-hauling contests, and, of course, a chance to eat the tasty crustaceans.

Read More

Advertisement

Advertisement

Trip Finder
Store
Guidebooks

Fodor's In Focus Savannah

View Details

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.