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Hector Heritage Quay

33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada
(902) 485-4371
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Pictou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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East Aurora, NY
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The "Hector's" history was quite interesting. 200 people on that tiny ship?? Wow! Unfortunately the gift shop (one of the few in the area) had very few t-shirts for children. So very disappointing for several people from the States who wished to buy shirts for their grandchildren.

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Abu Dhabi
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I must admit I was a little unsure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. The story of the settlers is just something that is hard to believe and pulls on the old heart strings, just reading about it. Then to go onto the replica of the ship they travelled in from Scotland to Canada to see the living conditions... More

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stourbridge england
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Full size replica of the ship which brought the first settlers to Pictou, N.S. if you like history or if you Scottish connections this is for you. Learn how and why the settlers came to leave Scotland, their experiences on route, what they found in Canada and the ship, it is all here and well worth a visit. You can... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The town's residence got together and built a replica of the Ship hector-full size. It was used to bring the first settlers over. It's beautiful. A must see as she floats in the Pictou harbour.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you have Scottish roots this is a must see. A very well done museum with wonderful staff. Rain or shine it is worth a stop to see this display and go on the ship.

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Northfield, IL
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We went based on good reviews and learned much about how the Scottish settled this part of Nova Scotia, arriving on the Hector, a small sailing vessel, A reproduction was adjacent to the museum. Be sure to listen to the dvd in the rigging area first. Volunteer workers making repairs took time to talk with us.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

For those with any Canadian/Scottish history interest - this is a must stop. You can spend several hours reading and touring about the Quay.

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Manistique, Michigan
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

With having a Scottish ancestry, we had to stop here. Very interesting story about the Hector and the Scottish settlers. Got to go inside the actual reconstructed boat. The guide on the boat was very informative and interesting. Knew a lot about the boat and the people.

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West Kelowna, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The video was amazing describing the whole story of the town. And, how neat to walk on a real ship! The artifacts were great and we had a guide walk around with us to give us even more information. Very affordable tour!

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Saint John, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Very educational and well done museum. When planning our vacation we knew the masts were down for repair but it did not take away from the experience. Being able to board the ship and explore was great. Also having the masts down you got to touch them and watch the work being done. Fantastic Visit!

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