Summer 2023

In 2023, the picturesque town of Pictou is gearing up to celebrate a historic milestone—the 250th anniversary of the landing of The Ship Hector. This momentous occasion coincides with the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Pictou. As part of the festivities, the town has planned an exciting summer full of cultural activities, festivals, and concerts, transforming the Pictou waterfront and surrounding community into a vibrant hub of celebration.


Located North of Halifax, about a 1hr 45min drive, Pictou has become known for having one of Nova Scotia’s largest lobster fisheries and the ferry services that connect the mainland to Prince Edward Island. The true draw of this town is its waterfront and the quaint downtown core, which are absolute hidden gems within our beautiful province.

Thanks to funding support from Build Nova Scotia, Pictou’s waterfront is undergoing an exciting transformation. The Caladh Marquee has emerged as a vibrant event site. This waterfront venue features a 300-seat tent with a stage, where visitors can enjoy a variety of performances. The area also includes a vendor’s village, play structures, art installations, fire pits, public washrooms, and plenty of seating options along the harbour’s edge. The revitalization of this space adds a new dimension to the town’s festivities, providing a vibrant and inviting environment for all to enjoy.


Pictou’s summer celebrations offer a rich tapestry of cultural experiences. The calendar of events, is a collaborative effort between the Town of Pictou, the deCoste Performing Arts Centre, and many other participating organizations. From artisan showcases to lively festivals and concerts, Pictou is set to come alive with the vibrant spirit of celebration. Discover local talent, indulge in delicious cuisine, and immerse yourself in the town’s unique charm. See the full program guide here.

We spent the day exploring the waterfront, chatting with artisans, touring a fishing boat and topping-it iff with delicious ice cream in the magical Sandy’s Ice Cream. The 250th anniversary of The Ship Hector and the 150th anniversary of the Town of Pictou are milestones that call for celebration, reflection, and unity. Let us come together to honour the past, celebrate the present, and create a bright future for Pictou and its residents.

Celebrations on the Pictou Waterfront

Date: Summer 2023