Welcome to Pictou

Whether you are drawn to history, outdoor adventure or arts and culture, the Port of Pictou offers endless opportunity. Touch a lobster at a local museum, relive the voyage of the first Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia, view impressive art collections by Canada’s masters, hike the Trans Canada Trail or take a hands-on journey of Nova Scotia’s industrial age through a “Made in Nova Scotia” tour.


Michelle Young

Town of Pictou
40 Water Street
Pictou, NS B0K 1H0

Phone: 902-485-4372
Email: michelle.young@townofpictou.ca

Port Specifications

Berthage 1

Length: 183 metres (600 ft)

Maximum Vessel Length Berthages 1 & 2: 50 metres (500 ft)

Depth: 7.6 metres (25 ft)

Deck Elevation: 2.5 metres (8 ft)

Maximum Draft: Harbour channel 8 metres, harbour anchor 10 metres

Turning Basin: 400 metres (1,300 ft)

Tidal Range: 0.4 metres to 2.1 metres

Pleasure Craft Dock: 50 metres available at tendering-in dock location

Berthage 2

Length: 183 metres (600 ft)

Depth: 7.6 metres (25 ft)

Deck Elevation: 2.5 metres (8 ft)

Available Services

  • Fresh water
  • Supplies, bunker and diesel fuel, gas and lubricants
  • Provisioning
  • Minor repairs
  • Hospital
  • Airport
  • Port operations personnel/security
  • Stevedoring
  • Canada Customs
  • International garbage disposal
  • Gray/black water/sludge removal
  • Pilotage Services (not compulsory but recommended)
  • Tug Services (available upon request - 24 hours notice)

Berth Availability

The partners in the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association are ready to welcome your ships to our harbours. For more information and to secure a berth please contact Cindy Lloyd (902) 925-9463.

Things to do

Where the Salt of the Sea Meets the Salt of the Earth

The Northumberland Fisheries Museum pays tribute to the hardworking fisher folk of the Northumberland Strait with artifacts, memorabilia, boats, and exhibits detailing our rich Maritime history. Visit the gulf style Lighthouse Research Centre onsite or “Adopt a Lobster.”

Historical Voyages to a New World

At the Hector Heritage Quay journey back to 1773, immersing yourself in the story of the Ship Hector. Learn about the historic voyage of 189 passengers who sailed from Ullapool, Scotland and landed in Pictou in 1773, making it the Birthplace of New Scotland.

Walk Through History in the Town of New Glasgow

Discover the historic riverside Town of New Glasgow. Learn the stories of its most prominent settlers, shipbuilding history, impressive architecture and savour local cuisine. Experience large-scale, outdoor works of art including the story of Black civil rights activist, Viola Desmond, throughout the streets of this beautiful downtown. Walk the Samson Trail built on Canada’s oldest iron railroad bed.

Relive the Industrial Revolution

Come explore Atlantic Canada’s largest museum to discover the people, places, and machines of Nova Scotia’s industrial past. Push, pull, lift, drop and laugh as you enjoy acres of exhibits and interactive displays that highlight how technology – and people – worked throughout this province’s history. Featuring over 36,000 artifacts, there’s no better place to find out the true meaning of “Made in Nova Scotia!” In true Maritime hospitality, enjoy a cup of tea and Scottish oatcakes at the end of your tour.

Hike the Great Trail - Various Trans Canada Trails in Pictou County

Experienced and certified hike guides will provide a true Nova Scotia outdoor trail experience of the natural beauty of rural landscapes. From woodlands and mountain terrain to seaside settings, discover the Trans Canada Trail at its Nova Scotia gateway in Pictou County. The Trans Canada Trail spans 27,000kms across Canada from coast to coast to coast, and is the longest recreational trail system in the world.