Top things to do

Live Performance in Pictou

deCoste Centre

Opposite the waterfront, this impressive performing arts center stages a range of live shows. Experience some top-notch Scottish music during a summer series of ceilidhs (kay-lees; adult/child $15/7). Check the webs…
Cultural in Pictou

Pictou Landing First Nation Powwow

Across the Pictou Harbour (a 25-minute drive through New Glasgow), this annual powwow on the first weekend in June features sunrise ceremonies, drumming and craft demonstrations. Camping and food are available on-si…
Food & Drink in Pictou

Lobster Carnival

Started in 1934 as the Carnival of the Fisherfolk, this four-day event now offers free entertainment, boat races and lots of chances to feast on lobster.
Ship in Pictou


A replica of the ship Hector, which carried the first 200 Highland Scots to Nova Scotia, is tied up for viewing. Descend into the large hull crammed with bunks to get a feel of how challenging the crossing would hav…
Museum in Pictou

Hector Heritage Quay

Ticket price includes admission to the good ship Hector. The Quay has an interpretive center, a re-created blacksmith shop, a collection of shipbuilding artifacts, and displays about the Hector and its passengers.
Museum in Pictou

Northumberland Fisheries Museum

In the old train station, this museum explores the area's fishing heritage. Exhibits include strange sea creatures and the spiffy Silver Bullet, an early 1930s lobster boat.