Welcome to Pictou
Pictou is a picturesque town sitting on the shores of the Northumberland Strait
in Nova Scotia. It's 3,800 citizens are fiercely proud of the their
Pictou was founded in 1767 with the arrival of the "Betsy" from New England.
The first settlers were instrumental in clearing the way for the Ship Hector
which landed on its shores in September, 1773. The pioneers aboard the
ship were, in turn, the start of a wave of Scottish immigrants that came to
define Nova Scotia and influence Canada.
Among the many notable historical facts about Pictou:
* It was here that Responsible Government was first advocated by Jotham
* The first principal of McGill University, Sir William Dawson was born and
raised in Pictou.
* The high school, Pictou Academy, was founded in 1816 and educated notable
scientists, educators and politicians.
* The first premier of Nova Scotia, Hiram Blanchard was a Pictou Academy
Visitors to the area should take advantage of some of the many celebrations that
take place in town. Some of these include the annual Pictou Lobster
Carnival in July, the Hector Festival in August and New Scotland days in