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Hector Heritage Quay

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Address: 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada
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+1 902-485-4371
10:00 - 16:00
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Unexpected Delight!

We have visited Pictou on other trips to Nova Scotia but never took the time to really see the historic side of the city. This museum and its replica of the Hector are a very... read more

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Bloomington, IN
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Bloomington, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have visited Pictou on other trips to Nova Scotia but never took the time to really see the historic side of the city. This museum and its replica of the Hector are a very worthwhile stop. Plan to spend a bit of time speaking to the docent and learning some history of the region. The Hector is essentially Nova... More 

Thank Weyes1
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no Canadian analog to the US's Mayflower, but this ship provides the same kind of history and experience for the visitor. The history is handled well and it is tied in well to the ship and the experience of those aboard. A short detour from the Trans Canada Highway and a worthy one.

Thank FirstCircle
Pictou County, Nova Scotia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read the children's book about the ship Hector then took my granddaughter there for a visit, she loved it! Amazing displays inside then you actually get to go on the ship Hector. The staff are all very friendly and helpful, we spent a fun ftime there then went to the boardwalk for ice cream and to take pictures on... More 

Thank Abbyt345
Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

I was really impressed with the display here. The history of the Scots coming to Nova Scotia and the terrible journey they endured. The replica ship is incredible and the guides are amazing. Highly recommend

Thank Elizabeth M
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

...a tired un kempt display mired in the morbid smoke of one of canada s most flagrant violators of environmental ethics...beware of toxins pm2 5 pm...asbestiform fibres stagnate the entire local area for kilometers...unfortunate but do not go!

1 Thank mikevanO
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We had read a little about Pictou and the Hector Hector Heritage Quay. The displays are amazing, lots of photographs and artefacts about that 1755 voyage about the little ship that had never sailed across the Atlantic Ocean before, such awful conditions with smallpox and dysentery especially amongst the children; almost squalid conditions and next to no privacy. The ship... More 

1 Thank springbanktraveller
Fredericton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We took a chance on a late fall Saturday afternoon and visited the hector interpretation center. The guides, volunteers I think, were very friendly and knowledgeable and we stayed much longer than we intended because we enjoyed talking with them so much. The ship itself is interesting, but we couldn't get in to all areas - I think probably because... More 

1 Thank Bloozebabe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We toured the museum and replica boat. A fantastic place full of information about the arrival of the Scots here. If you tour the boat after the museum then the knowledge gleened from the tour really brings home the conditions endured on the boat. Staffed by volunteers this is well worth the time to visit

Thank Michael G
Boston, MA
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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Well, the quay is ok. It is a quay, but this is "the birthplace of Nova Scotia", as far as I understood. I have never seen a city that makes so little from such a story. I told everyone to avoid pictou. It seems to be a rundown, industrial city. What you see immediately is a huge factory on the... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The replica ship, harbor house and a large stone with the story of the first Scots that arrived in Nova Scotia aboard a boat like the one tied to the pier was very moving. We visited early in the morning before the place opened, but there was still plenty to see and learn. This was a quick stop for us,... More 

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