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Historic Pictou makes for an interesting visit when traveling through the maritime regions of Canada. Known as the birthplace of New Scotland, Pictou was where the first Scottish immigrants landed in 1773.

The Hector Tall Ship, PictouToday, there is a wonderful maritime museum and historical site where a replica of the Hector ship can be visited at the picturesque harbor front area.

The beaches nearby are well known for their warm water currents, and in summer, are ideal for a quick dip.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Pictou

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Pictou, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Pictou

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Pictou, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Pictou at its best.

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      Canada’s Maritime Provinces

      Canada’s Maritime Provinces

      Canada’s Maritime Provinces offer a quieter alternative to the west coast. Here, you can follow coastal roads to secluded coves and traditional lighthouses. Visit peaceful fishing villages where saltbox houses line the waterfront. And, explore the area’s Celtic roots. Canada specialist Jon shares his highlights of the region.

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    Accommodation choices for Pictou

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Pictou. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.