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Hector Heritage Quay

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Address: 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada
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+1 902-485-4371
10:00 - 16:00
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I was really impressed with the display here. The history of the Scots coming to Nova Scotia and the terrible journey they endured. The replica ship is incredible and the guides... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017
Elizabeth M
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I was really impressed with the display here. The history of the Scots coming to Nova Scotia and the terrible journey they endured. The replica ship is incredible and the guides are amazing. Highly recommend

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

...a tired un kempt display mired in the morbid smoke of one of canada s most flagrant violators of environmental ethics...beware of toxins pm2 5 pm...asbestiform fibres stagnate the entire local area for kilometers...unfortunate but do not go!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We had read a little about Pictou and the Hector Hector Heritage Quay. The displays are amazing, lots of photographs and artefacts about that 1755 voyage about the little ship that had never sailed across the Atlantic Ocean before, such awful conditions with smallpox and dysentery especially amongst the children; almost squalid conditions and next to no privacy. The ship... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 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

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Boston, MA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 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 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

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 

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Badminton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

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.

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Milton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

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 

1 Thank Miltonredhead
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 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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