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Hector Heritage Quay

Address: 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: (902) 485-4371
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Pictou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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Columbus, Georgia
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180 reviews 180 reviews
43 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

If you are looking for a stop that will give you a great historical and cultural overview of the area, this should be on your list. The "Hector" was a ship that carried approximately 200 Scots to Nova Scotia. The ship replica is well done and part of the Heritage Center. The small museum at the quay contains several floors... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A must place to visit if your are in or around Pictou. Lots of information to read and exploring the ship was great. When descending the ladder to the lower level, you can almost feel the hardship of what the families had to endure.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Call ahead. We had one day left and we're looking for a bit of a trip on a cold, windy day. Website showed it was open in Oct but everything was closed up like a ghost town. Still enjoyed a drive along the ocean and some good home cooking in town.

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Somerset, England
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409 reviews 409 reviews
281 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We had a guided tour around the Hector before going into the Museum and found the living conditions of the Scottish emigrants whilst sailing over to Nova Scotia fascinating. How could so many people live in such a small space for such a long time. We were a little disappointed to find that nothing was happening in the blacksmiths shop... More 

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Ava, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We were out looking for a place to eat close to our lodging place. As we drove by the Quay, we saw people gathering outside, some in kilts, some old, some young, some men and some women. There were about 15 in all and the one thing they had in common was that they all had bagpipes or drums. We... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

absolutely worth to be visited, we had the last day before it closes for season, gives beautiful impressions, a Highlight in Pictou

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It is difficult to rate this attraction fairly as there is such a contrast between different areas. The story of the voyage of the Hector in the main building is one of the best expositions I have seen anywhere in the world; it is comprehensive, clear and interesting. The rest is very disappointing. We were told by one of the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

While it is still work in process this is a great learning experience and is very well presented. The staff are well versed in the history times

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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This exhibit is a great stop. Provides a very good overview of the Scots who arrived in Nova Scotia on the Hector. Their situation in Scotland, the voyage, and the subsequent life in Nova Scotia. The exhibit is very well done and is totally worth the effort to make the stop if you are traveling thru Pictou on the Ferry... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
25 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

They celebrate the first ship that brought the first Scottish settlement to the Maritime Provinces. Excellent little museum. You really get an understanding of the reason for the voyage and its hardships. The "Hector" is a full reproduction of the original ship. Toured the ship..hard to believe so many people could spend 3 months on this little vessel. The staff... More 

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