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Hector Heritage Quay

The Launch of the Hector

The Launch of the Hector

Pictou’s star attraction is the Hector Heritage Quay, a waterfront display that’s dominated by a full-scale replica of the masted sailing ship that brought the first 33 families of Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia in 1773.

It’s one of Nova Scotia’s top sights and one you really can’t miss on your way to Cape Breton or the Prince Edward Island ferry.

A tour of the ship tells the story of how the passengers survived a severe gale off Newfoundland, an outbreak of smallpox and food shortages during the 2-1/2 voyage before they landed in Nova Scotia.

The display also brings some of Nova Scotia’s early inhabitants to life with a working blacksmith’s forge and carpentry shop.

Culture lovers will also want time to explore the exhibits of local art and music and there are archives where you can research your family history.

The area is at its liveliest in July and August, when the Lobster Festival and the Hector Festival draw in hundreds of visitors.

Directions: On the waterfront. 33 Caladh Avenue
Admission fees: Adults $7.00, kids 6-12 $2.00 and 13-18 $5, family $15
Opening hours: Mid-May to Mid-October. Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Extended hours in July and August. Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 7pm.
Website: Town of Pictou