Local Interest

The people of Pictou County take pride in a colourful past and an unparalleled quality of life. While you're here, take some time to enjoy a celebration of our heritage or relax and enjoy!

In late 1760's, a group of business people in New England, including Samuel Harris, John Witherspoon and Ben Franklin, acquired a grant that became known as the Philadelphia Grant. The first settlers arrived on the shores of Pictou in 1767 aboard the Betsy. This group of people prepared the way for a big arrival - the Ship Hector in 1773. The ship arrived from Scotland in the early autumn carrying almost 200 passengers after an extremely difficult Atlantic Crossing. Along the waterfront is the Hector Heritage Quay featuring the reconstructed Ship Hector and interpretive center. Here Pictou’s history and Scottish influences will unfold for you.

In the early 18th century, the wave of Scottish immigrants increased in volume. As the settlers spread across Northern Nova Scotia, Pictou became known as the birth place of New Scotland. These people brought many influences to the area. The town of Pictou was a hotbed of political discussion and dissent, particularly over the issues of religion and education. Pictou Academy, founded in 1816 was emblematic of many of these discussions.

Today, the people of Pictou County have many interests. The headquarters for one of Canada's largest supermarket chains - Sobeys, is up the road. Just around the corner from us is the Grohmann Knife Factory outlet, where knives are crafted with special quality and care and renowned around the world.

For those of you who love to stroll on the sand or just bask in the sun check out Caribou Provincial Park beach. Just a 5 minute drive away this is one of our most beautiful beaches. Swim in the warmest salt water north of the Carolinas or hunt for sand dollars on this beautiful crescent beach.