So where is it that I'm moving? What does it look like? How far from the Northumberland Strait(referred to as the 'ocean' by most people) am I? The town of Pictou is located on a gently sloping hill that overlooks Pictou Harbour which empties into the Northumberland Strait. Just beyond the harbour is Prince Edward Island which you can easily see on a clear day.
If I turn right out of my driveway and walk 40 feet and look right again I can see Pictou Harbour. My house is located at the top of the hill so I better have good winter tires! I think I'm about 800 metres from the water proper but the town sits between me and the harbour.
Some of the buildings were built from the stone ballasts used in the Ship Hector which brought the Scottish settlers to Pictou in the late 1700's. Those buildings still stand. How's THAT for preserving your past? (Calgary? Hmm? Hmm?)
The Ship Hector was rebuilt and now sits at dock at the Hector Quays( pronounced 'keys') Museum where you can go aboard and explore the replica of the ship that made the journey across the ocean over 200 years ago. Hard to believe in this day and age that almost 200 people would have lived on that tiny ship for weeks on end. It's actually not as big as it looks.
The wharf itself is really cute - it's a pity that the view across the Harbour is spoiled by the paper mill - there was talk when I was there that the mill is being shut down much to everyone's joy since the smell of the pulp is pretty potent some days. I didn't mind it too much which I suppose is a blessing.
Some of the town on hill up from the Harbour. The buildings in the foreground are mostly businesses with the homes sitting behind at the top of the hill.
I'll post some pictures of the beaches and the surrounding area next time. The colors ... spectacular and must be seen with your own eyes to believe.