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Discover Pictou in 3 Days

Nestled along the Sunrise Trail, the charming Town of Pictou beckons as the ultimate home base for an unforgettable three-day adventure on Nova Scotia's Northumberland Shore. With its rich history, warm ocean water, and vibrant local culture, we're pretty sure you're going to want to stay longer!



Day 1


Go Farming

Venture just outside the Town of Pictou to discover welcoming farms along the Northumberland Shore. Walk along the fragrant fields of Seafoam Lavender Farm, mingle with the sheep at Lismore Sheep Farm, and indulge in hand-crafted maple syrup at Sugar Moon Farm.


Soak Up Some Sun

Choose from nearly a dozen easily accessed Northumberland Shore beaches, all within a 30-minute drive of Pictou. Explore provincial park gems like Caribou/Munroe’s Island, Melmerby, and Waterside beaches for an afternoon filled with sun, sand, and sea


Take In a show

Tap your feet to the lively tunes of a ceilidh or groove to the beats of a  jazz band. With over 40 live musical performances scheduled this summer at Pictou Waterfront’s Caladh Marquee, you're in for some real maritime entertainment.



Day 2


Stroll Vendor Village

Discover locally made products from our artisan vendors, lounge on a hammock, observe live art, play on the “Land Lover” fishing boat, unwind around a fire pit, or simply pull up an Adirondack chair and watch the boats sail by,  all set against the picturesque backdrop of Pictou harbor's edge.


Take a Wharf Tour

Enjoy a leisurely drive on the Sunrise Trail exploring working fishing wharfs filled with boats, interpretive centres,  quaint ice cream stands, tucked away beaches and stunning views - a photographer’s dream!


Sunset Fish n Chips Cruise

Hop on board a real fishing boat for a “Discover The Strait” sunset tour that promises to satisfy your taste buds.  You’ll be treated to a maritime classic - fish n’ chips - while  basking in the glow of the setting sun as you cruise the Northumberland Strait.



Day 3


Visit a Tall Ship

Step aboard the Ship Hector and immerse yourself in the rich history of the first Scottish settlers to land on Nova Scotia’s shores over 250 years ago.  Dive deeper into Scottish heritage at the McCulloch House Museum, and discover our fishing culture at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum.


Explore Pictou Island

Just a short ferry ride from Pictou's shores lies Pictou Island, a hidden treasure few Nova Scotians have discovered. Rent a cruiser bike to explore its pristine beaches and hidden gems.


Dine Under the Stars

Pictou is peppered with charming restaurants that feature inviting outdoor patios, mouthwatering menus, refreshing beverages, and breathtaking views - a perfect way to unwind after a day of adventure and exploration.


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