We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 902-485-4371

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 45 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 25
  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
  • 0
  • 1
Walking on the waterfront

The town of Pictou has a lovely heritage area on the waterfront devoted to telling the story of Scottish immigration in the eighteenth century, includes a tall ship replica and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Saint John, Canada
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 44: English reviews
Saint John, Canada
Level Contributor
64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The town of Pictou has a lovely heritage area on the waterfront devoted to telling the story of Scottish immigration in the eighteenth century, includes a tall ship replica and museum.

Thank NBTraveller68
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
663 reviews
416 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The companion to the nearby museum, there is less to see on this ship as it is mostly empty and bare. The accurate reconstruction is impressive as is the immersive experience.

Thank FirstCircle
Pine River, Minnesota
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We visited the Ship Hector and were treated to a personal tour of the upper and lower decks of the ship. Very interesting to get a perspective of what the immigrants lived through to get to a new land!

Thank John W
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Everyone involved has done such an amazing job replicating this ship and the life on board. You can't believe the amount of people they crammed in for a such a journey.

Thank Elizabeth M
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We arrived when the Heritage Centre was about to close, but were allowed to take a look at the Hector. The volunteer guides insisted on showing us everything, and made it come alive.

Thank timb043
Level Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Ship Hector. We were amazed that so many lived in such tight quarters for the crossing. Bagpipe music and sea shantys with guitar accompaniment were very soothing during our visit

Thank Freqytraveler T
Sherwood Park, Canada
Level Contributor
181 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We stopped here again when we were in Pictou to see the ship and Museum.It is sad to see the ship in poor condition.It needs a facelift as the paint is peeling and ths ship is in need of some repairs.The govt of Nova Scotia should step in and put some money towards a face lift before it is too... More 

Thank gooilersLeduc
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 September 2016

the ship was a disgrace! paint peeling and rotting. ships name lying on deck. the only good point was the staff.

Thank Tom F
Cypress, Texas
Level Contributor
122 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The town of Pictou had a very nice waterfront compete with a replica of Ship Hector and a museum along with colorful buildings and great inflation about the sea life. Unfortunately, the ship that carried the group of first Scottish immigrants was not open during our visit. We were however told who to contact to research our ancestors. There are... More 

Thank Jancypress
Carrboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

The Hector is a replica of the vessel that brought the first Scots families to Nova Scotia. They came in family groups and had been promised land and provisions. But everything went against them, and after a nightmarish voyage with starvation and many burials at sea they arrived in Pictou too late to plant and none of the support they... More 

1 Thank Connie E

Travellers who viewed Ship Hector also viewed


Been to Ship Hector? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ship Hector and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Markham, Canada
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Ship Hector staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?