Letter from Pictou County


Is it possible to feel at home in a place you have never lived? Absolutely, if that place is Pictou County.
Making people feel welcome is one of the many things that we do best. Perhaps it’s our sense of place that
sets our community apart. Maybe it’s the deep connection to our history while celebrating our lives and stories.

Maybe it’s the energy in our creative and entrepreneurial spirit, our little quirks, or the way we take care of each other when we need it the most. These are the things that become part of the character of those who choose to live here and will be part of your experience as you settle in and truly grow to appreciate our culture.

We love our coffee and morning commutes. The longest lineups will be at your neighbourhood coffee shop. Otherwise, you can get across town or over the causeway within four or five songs on your playlist.

We love talking about hockey, politics and weather, not always in that order. We have excellent schools serving both sides of the county including the new primary-to-eight New Glasgow Academy and a new centre for educational excellence at the Pictou Landing First Nation. Wellness of body and mind are nourished with many recreational and fitness outlets. The Pictou County Wellness Centre is home to many sporting and community events and where you’ll find the YMCA of Pictou County. There are several hundred kilometres of trails to explore and some of the region’s most beautiful beaches to enjoy in all seasons. If you prefer a darker night sky and more room to roam some of the best real estate can be found in our rural areas.

We love to be entertained. The deCoste Performing Arts Centre in the harbour town of Pictou and Glasgow
Square Theatre alongside the East River in New Glasgow are celebrated venues attracting some of the best local and visiting performers traveling throughout the east coast. We know how to party. You can rock out all summer long at any of our weekend festivals that kick off in late spring and continue well past the kids heading back to school. If you want to raise a glass while you celebrate, we can fill it with award-winning locally produced spirits, wine, and beer. You are soon to discover that you will never go hungry, and by the way, we love our unique pizza with its famous brown sauce. The county has a growing list of eateries using locally sourced seasonal ingredients to appeal to every palate and dining experience. We love supporting our local producers. Our weekend markets are the places to see and be seen. Don’t forget your favourite reusable bag because you will need something to carry home all of your great finds. We care about the environment and sustainability and are always looking at ways to improve our relationship with Mother Nature.

We look after one another. Our community sets the standard for welcoming people who have been displaced from their own homes in other countries and we love what we learn from them.
Perhaps most importantly, we recognize that we are all newcomers in a place that has been nurtured for
thousands of years by our indigenous people.

We know that you will soon discover your own things that are true about Pictou County. And when you do, let us know so we can add them to our list.

Welcome Home. We’ve been waiting for you.