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Travel Less, Discover More

Whether you are drawn to history, outdoor adventure or arts and culture, the Town of Pictou offers endless opportunities. Touch a lobster at a local museum, relive the voyage of the first Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia, view the impressive collections of prominent educator Dr. Thomas McCulloch, hike the Trans Canada Trail, or take in a Ceildh at Atlantic Canada’s premier performing arts centre…..travel less and discover more in Pictou.

Explore Pictou on foot or bicycle, you will find unique artwork by our talented artisans or simply enjoy a cold drink on an open deck with a seaside view.

Each summer since 1934, the town has celebrated its marine heritage with the Pictou Lobster Carnival. The three-day event features musical entertainment, parades, carnival rides and of course, lobster! There are endless events to enjoy year-round in Pictou for all ages.

Find Out More

There are a number of ways to find information about Pictou County and Nova Scotia. One is to browse through the visitors guides that are published each year.

The Northumberland Shore Visitor and Activity Guide is full of "treasures" that will help the far-away traveler or keep our locals up to date on what is happening inside our County. Pick up a guide at any provincial visitor information centre. For more information about visiting Pictou County please contact the Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores at (902) 752-6383.

The Nova Scotia "Doers' & Dreamers Guide" is divided into ten Scenic Travelways which describe the culture, history, and natural features of each area. The Guide lists accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, museums and attractions in each section. For information specific to Pictou County please refer to Town of Pictou and Pictou County pages within this guide. If you would like to receive a free copy of this guide and/or others, please go to www.novascotia.com or call 1-800-565-0000.

Visitor Information Centres

There are several visitor information centres in Pictou County to assist you. Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Association operate tourist information centres at the following locations:

DEANS Administration Office (year-round)

(902) 752-6383

Irving Station - Cowan Street Rest Area (seasonal)

Exit 21, Trans Canada Highway #104
2500 Old Truro Rd,
(902) 396-2800

River John Visitor Information Centre

(Late June to the end of August)
Highway #6 (Sunrise Trail)
(902) 351-2403

Visitor Information Centres in the Town of Pictou

Hector Quay Visitors Marina

87 Caladh Avenue
Pictou, Nova Scotia
B0K 1H0

Pictou Recreation and Parks

40 Water Street, P.O. Box 640
Pictou, Nova Scotia
B0K 1H0
(902) 485-6057 or Toll free 1-877-5(PICTOU) (574-2868)