This is the current conditions weather report for Pictou. The report was made 78 minutes ago, at 04:00 UTC. The wind was blowing at a speed of 14.8 kilometers per hour / 9 miles per hour from the south southwest (200°). The temperature was 17°C / 63°F, with a dew-point at 17°C / 63°F. The relative humidity was 88%.
Pictou is a Canadian town on the northern coast of Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
Once an active shipping port and the shire town of the county, today Pictou is primarily a local service centre for surrounding rural communities as well as being the primary tourist destination in this region of Nova Scotia.
The primary tourist attraction in Pictou is the waterfront along Pictou Harbour. During the 1990s-2000s, industrial land on the Pictou waterfront was redeveloped with the centrepiece being construction of the replica tall ship Hector. Now completed, the ship is docked each summer at the Hector Heritage Quay, an interpretive centre that includes a gift store, a carpentry shop, a blacksmith shop and an artist's studio.
The Hector Festival, celebrating the arrival of settlers to Nova Scotia on the Hector takes place in August. In July, the Lobster Carnival takes place, and an amusement park is set up. The Lobster Carnival is a yearly event celebrating the end of the fishing season and has been a town festival since 1934.
The waterfront redevelopment also features a marina and small boardwalk that connects to the Trans-Canada Trail. The historic Intercolonial Railway station on the waterfront has been restored, and a new fisheries museum is under construction nearby. An interesting attraction near the waterfront is the Grohmann Knives factory and outlet store; Grohmann claims to be the only manufacturer of hand-made knives in Canada.
Water taxis and boat tours of the harbour are available, which also connect to the town of New Glasgow.
Pictou is 5 kilometres south of the port of Caribou where Northumberland Ferries Limited operates a seasonal vehicle-pedestrian ferry service to Prince Edward Island; there is also a pedestrian-only ferry that operates seaonally to Pictou Island. Several beaches are located near the town of Pictou, most notably Caribou Provincial Park and Waterside Beach Provincial Park.