The Town of Pictou is celebrating this summer and celebrating big. The picturesque Nova Scotia town is due to mark two monumental anniversaries.
It’s the 250th anniversary of the Ship Hector’s landing and the Town of Pictou’s 150th anniversary of incorporation. With over 20 organizations partnering with the Town to host events and activities in celebration of these important dates, Pictou is going to be a top summer destination.
With Market Wharf and the deCoste Centre both under development, the Town plans on transforming the former laundromat waterfront property into a Pictou 2023 event site to meet event needs from June 17th to September 17th.
According to a tender released by the Town, the site will play host to a summer-long celebration including musical performances, a food and gift vendor area with seating, play areas, art installations, water access, seating options on the water’s edge and a beer garden slated to begin operations on Canada Day.
In 1773, the first significant migration of Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia arrived on the Ship Hector. There is a replica of the original ship located at the Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou.
The replica is currently undergoing an extensive restoration on Pictou’s waterfront with a plan to lift the Hector back into Pictou Harbour on September 15, the anniversary of the settler’s arrival.