The town of Pictou on the Northumberland Shore stakes its claim as the birthplace of New Scotland because the first Scottish immigrants landed in 1773. Today it has a population of around 3,875 people.

The centerpiece of the waterfront area is a replica of the original settlers' sailing ship the Hector. The replica is 110 feet long and fully rigged, and visitors can tour it and see mast making, rigging, and other tall ship activities. The ship is moored at the Hector Heritage Quay, an interpretive centre focussed on the tall ships. The Hector Exhibit and Research Centre displays local crafts including quilts, hooked mats, and artwork, and has researchers available to answer questions about Pictou's history. More information on the Northumberland Strait's fishing and sea heritage is on display including a fisherman's bunkhouse, boat models, a cannery display, and over 2,500 artifacts. The story of the area's Scottish community is presented at the McCulloch House, built in 1806. Several festivals each summer celebrate the local history and culture. The Hector Festival in August commemorates the arrival of the first settlers, and the Lobster Carnival in July celebrates the end of the fishing season. Local crafts may be found in area shops, as well as at a weekend crafts market held from June to September. Nearby, beach goers will enjoy Melmergy Beach's mile-long sandy beach with access to Northumberland Shores' water, the warmest north of the Carolinas.

The Regent Bed & Breakfast is located in charming and historic Amherst amidst other heritage homes on famous Victoria Street. Masterfully built by Rhodes Currie Co. in 1898, this spectacular Georgian house has long been admired in the area. Its exquisite and ornate wood trim, five fireplaces and 26 stained and leaded glass windows (all original) are particularly stunning.

The Regent Bed & Breakfast The Regent Bed & Breakfast
175 East Victoria Street
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Just off Trans-Canadian Highway 104 at Exit 4, on Lord Amherst Drive, our pet-friendly Super 8 Amherst, NS, hotel offers many handy amenities to help you refuel. Start your day off right with free SuperStart superabundant breakfast. Our spacious rooms and suites come equipped with free Wi-Fi, microwave, refrigerator and more. Swim in our indoor pool with 80-foot waterslide.

Super 8 Amherst Super 8 Amherst
40 Lord Amherst Drive
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Our Amherst, NS hotel will find everything they need, including access to a variety of local points-of-interest. We're by the Amherst Town Square shopping centre. We are dedicated to providing guests with clean, hygienic accommodations, so you can enjoy peace of mind during your stay. We’ve implemented a variety of enhanced protocols as part of our Commitment to Clean.

Distances to…
Ferry - PEI: 172km

Comfort Inn Amherst Comfort Inn Amherst
143 South Albion St.
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Just 2 minutes' drive from downtown Antigonish, the Inn offers cosily furnished rooms with free DVD rental and free Wi-Fi. With a 24-hour front desk, it is just 1.9 km from St Francis Xavier University. The air-conditioned rooms at the Inn all come with free in-room coffee and tea along with a free daily newspaper. Guests can make use of a computer in the main lobby.

This Antigonish motel is right on Highway 104, 8 km east of Saint Francis Xavier University. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the motel and rooms include cable TV. A microwave, fridge and coffee facilities are provided in all rooms at the Coastal Inn Antigonish. The air-conditioned rooms include wood furniture and bathroom amenities.

Our Antigonish bed & breakfast is a modern West-Coast style home that takes full advantage of the magnificent panoramic view surrounding Antigonish Harbour. Our rooms are tastefully decorated in a modern style and our beds are fitted with top quality mattresses chosen with your comfort in mind. Everything is immaculate and we provide a smoke-free environment.

Our Antigonish hotel provides on-site dining and warmly furnished rooms. The Trans-Canada Highway 104 is a 4-minute drive away. Free Wi-Fi is offered. Modern rooms include cable TV and a work desk with coffee facilities as well as a flat-screen TV and fridge. Antigonish's Main Street Café and Lounge serves Nova Scotia cuisine featuring seasonal recipes.

Our hotel in New Glasgow is located just off the Trans Canada Hwy at Exit 23. It is Pictou County's number one choice for business and leisure travelers. Each of the spacious one bedroom suites and guest rooms feature a warm décor. Your guest room or one bedroom suite includes a small refrigerator, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, wireless internet access, DVD player and cable TV.

Distances to…
Ferry - PEI: 18.5km

Located 20 minutes' drive from Melmerby Beach Provincial Park, the inn is situated just outside downtown New Glasgow and the Riverfront. A large garden is available for guests to relax in and free parking and free Wi-Fi are also provided. The Nova Scotia Museum of Industry is just 1-km away from the inn. Northumberland Ferry Terminal can be reached within a 20-minute drive.

Tara Inn Tara Inn
917 East River Rd
New Glasgow
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Our New Glasgow, NS hotel welcomes you to beautiful Pictou County! Located off the Trans-Canada Highway and walking access to Highland Square Mall we offer Free hot breakfast served daily, late check-out, pet-friendly accommodations and fast free WiFi. Enhanced Commitment to Clean protocols in place

Distances to…
Ferry - PEI: 18.5km

Located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, this motel is 1.5 km from historic downtown Pictou, as well as the Northumberland Fisheries Museum. Each guest room has free Wi-Fi access. A microwave and a refrigerator are part of every room at the motel & Cottages. They include cable TV and are furnished with a work desk. Guests at the Lionstone Motel & Cottages can relax in the garden.

Our Pictou bed and breakfast inn is 4-star and offers 18 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, all with private baths, phones, cable TV and complimentary Continental Breakfast. Full conference and banquet facilities are available and our award winning Dining Room open from mid-May to mid-October for Evening Dining. Ample parking and on-site laundry.

Our Pictou bed and breakfast is an elegant inn awaiting combining the charm of a bed and breakfast with the privacy of an inn, all in short walk to museums, restaurants, shops and shows. Major features include a stunning balcony at the rear, stocked with plants and tables and chairs, and a remarkably comprehensive library. All rooms feature cable TV, ensuite bathroom, phone and wifi in most rooms.

Auberge Walker Inn Auberge Walker Inn
78 Coleraine St
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Offering on-site dining, this bed and breakfast in Pictou is a 14-minute drive from the Prince Edward Island ferry. All rooms include a 32-inch flat-screen TV with satellite. Serving Canadian cuisine with a touch of Austrian flavor, the restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. Local ingredients are used in each dish and local wines are available. Guests can also dine on the sun deck.

Built in 1840, this Pictou guest house is 500 meters from the waterfront area, featuring shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Each unique rooms offers free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. A daily breakfast is served in the hotel cheerful breakfast room. The common living room provides a comfortable seating area with a piano, games and books. Free on-site parking is available.

Our Pictou inn is located on the waterfront within the historic town of Pictou and only 15 minutes driving time from the town of New Glasgow. The building is constructed of brick and sandstone circa 1870. The Inn was extensively renovated in 1997 and offers travelers all of the modern amenities. Open year round.

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