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Gaelic: Baile Phiogto
Birthplace of New Scotland
"As constant as the northern star"
Pictou is located in Nova Scotia
Location in Nova Scotia
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Municipality Pictou County
Founded 1767
Incorporated May 4, 1874
 • Total 8.01 km2 (3.09 sq mi)
Highest elevation
54 m (177 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total 3,186
 • Density 397.6/km2 (1,030/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pictonian
Time zone UTC-4 (AST)
Postal code
Area code(s) 902
Telephone Exchange 485
Median Earnings $41,905
NTS Map 011E10
  • Median household income, 2005 ($) (all households)
Places in Nova Scotia

Pictou ( PIK-toh; Scottish Gaelic: Baile Phiogto) is a town in Pictou County, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Notable people

Hector Pioneer by renowned sculptor John Wilson, Pictou, Nova Scotia
  • Sir William Dawson, born in Pictou in 1820. He resided in Pictou until 1840, when he travelled to Scotland to complete his education in geology and natural history at the University of Edinburgh. He returned to Nova Scotia in 1842 and served as superintendent of education from 1850 to 1853. In 1855, he moved to Montreal, Quebec, to become the principal of McGill University, a position he held with distinction until 1893.
  • Christie MacDonald, American stage actress & singer (1875–1962)
  • Peter Crerar, civil engineer, came to Pictou from Scotland in 1817. Designed and built the Albion Mines Railway, the first standard gauge railroad in North America.
  • Carmen MacDonald, an ice hockey goaltender for the St. Lawrence Saints, a university team from New York State. She won a gold medal as part of Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago.
  • Joey MacDonald, a former NHL goaltender
  • Arthur Stanley Mackenzie
  • James Drummond MacGregor, first published abolitionist in Canada

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