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Hector Heritage Quay

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Address: 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: (902) 485-4371
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Great interpretation centre, knowledable friendly guides

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Fredericton, Canada
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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Bloozebabe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank DeeJay2010
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank CaptJeffL
Badminton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't know much about the history of the Hector before we arrived but the museum was packed full of information, the ship itself was interesting and the lady on the front desk was really informative and engaging. A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours learning more about the history of Nova Scotia.

Thank Jo N
Milton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction is a truly eye opening experience of some of the original Scottish settlers and what they had to endure to get to the new land. There is a replica of their ship and you can go below and see what their day to day lives would have been like on a sea bound trip where the estimated time... More 

Thank Miltonredhead
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In the colorful harbor village of Pictou, Nova Scotia, a dedicated local history group called the Hector Quay Society work every day to honor the first Scots to immigrate to Nova Scotia in 1773. Following ten years of laborious traditional ship building, in 2000 they launched an exact replica of the Hector, the ship that brought the first 189 Scots... More 

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Stopped by here again as we did 5 years ago when we were in Pictou.It was nice to see it again.It is nice to see the history of the area

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Our visit was near the end of the season; so no crowds. Got a chance to take lots of unimpeded photos and to get close to all the attractions. Got a good look at the Hector; but couldn't go onboard due to some repairs taking place. Did have a chance to walk around the docks at the marina and to... More 

Thank William N
Carrboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This beautifully constructed multi-story small museum tells the story of the first shipload of Scots who came to settle in Nova Scotia. I learned so much from the exhibits and loved the architecture of the museum, reminiscent of the interior of a ship.

Thank Connie E

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