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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 11 attractions in Pictou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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stourbridge england
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Stopped here with a tour group. Excellent museum with interesting exhibits laid out in a very nice building. Many of the guides are descendants of the familities that came over on the Hector and convey their enthusiasm for the history. The Hector itself had had the sails removed recently for routing maintenance, so it was not as impressive. But when... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Nice venue with good history on the area and the settlers from Scotland. Ship is interesting but mast has had to be taken down and the inside is not completed so keep expectations in check

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HectorHeritageQuay, Summer Administrator at Hector Heritage Quay, responded to this review

Hi James, Just wanted to let you know the inside is now complete and the first part of the masts has been restored. While the ship is undergoing general maintenance which is often times necessary with wooden ships of this age I thought I would let you know the first part of the masts is now restored in case you... More

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