Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia

Last updated
Canada Nova Scotia location map 2.svg
Red pog.svg
Pictou Landing in Nova Scotia

Pictou Landing (Gaelic Eilean Phiogto) is a community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in Pictou County. [1]

Contents

Geography

It is situated on the south shore of Pictou Harbour across from the town of Pictou.

History

Its name is probably derived from the fact that it is the landing place for ferries crossing the harbour. An earlier name for the area was Fishers Grant after a grant of land made to John Fisher in 1765. [2] The only populated reserve of the Pictou Landing First Nation is named Fisher's Grant 24 and is located 3km north-east of Pictou Landing.

The Nova Scotia Railway reached here in 1867. It was the main route for travelers to Upper Canada in the ice-free months until the opening of the Intercolonial Railway in 1876. The steamship Mayflower carried passengers and freight across the harbour. [3] A map published in 1879 shows four piers at Pictou Landing, three of them carrying track of the Intercolonial rail road and two of these piers belonging to coal companies. [4]

Related Research Articles

Pictou County County in Nova Scotia, Canada

Pictou County is a county in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It was established in 1835, and was formerly a part of Halifax County from 1759 to 1835. It had a population of 43,748 people in 2016, a decline of 4.2 percent from 2011. Furthermore, its 2016 population is only 88.11% of the census population in 1991. It is the sixth most populous county in Nova Scotia.

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Town in Nova Scotia, Canada

New Glasgow is a town in Pictou County, in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is situated on the banks of the East River of Pictou, which flows into Pictou Harbour, a sub-basin of the Northumberland Strait.

Pictou Town in Nova Scotia, Canada

Pictou is a town in Pictou County, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Located on the north shore of Pictou Harbour, the town is approximately 10 km north of the larger town of New Glasgow.

Intercolonial Railway historic Canadian railway

The Intercolonial Railway of Canada, also referred to as the Intercolonial Railway (ICR), was a historic Canadian railway that operated from 1872 to 1918, when it became part of Canadian National Railways. As the railway was also completely owned and controlled by the federal government, the Intercolonial was also one of Canada's first Crown corporations.

Sydney and Louisburg Railway Canadian railway

The Sydney and Louisburg Railway (S&L) is a historic Canadian railway. Built to transport coal from various mines to the ports of Sydney and Louisbourg, the S&L operated in the eastern part of Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia. The railway uses a slightly different spelling for the town of "Louisbourg".

Nova Scotia Railway

The Nova Scotia Railway is a historic Canadian railway. It was composed of two lines, one connecting Richmond with Windsor, the other connecting Richmond with Pictou Landing via Truro.

Pictou Academy Secondary school in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada

Pictou Academy (PA), founded in 1816 by Dr. Thomas McCulloch, is a secondary school in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Prior to the twentieth century, it was a liberal nonsectarian college, a grammar school, an academy and then a secondary school. Pictou Academy's current principal is James Ryan. The Pictou Academy Educational Foundation provides additional funds to the school.

Caribou, Nova Scotia human settlement in Nova Scotia, Canada

Caribou is a small rural community in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Peter Crerar was a Scottish-Nova Scotian civil engineer. He designed the first railway in British North America, and the first standard gauge railroad in North America, at Stellarton, near Pictou, Nova Scotia.

<i>Hector</i> (ship) Museum ship in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Hector was a ship famous for having been part of the first significant migration of Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia in 1773. The replica of the original ship is located at the Hector Heritage Quay, a heritage centre run by local volunteers, in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Pictou Landing First Nation Canadian First Nation territory

Pictou Landing First Nations is a Mi'kmaq First Nation band government in Nova Scotia, Canada. Their territory spans five reserves that have a combined area of 527.6 hectares. As of September 2017, the Mi'kmaq population is 485 on their own reserve, 23 on other reserves and 157 living off-reserve.

<i>Samson</i> (locomotive) English-built railroad steam locomotive

The Samson is an English-built railroad steam locomotive made in 1838 that ran on the Albion Mines Railway in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is preserved at the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Nova Scotia and is the oldest locomotive in Canada.

Boat Harbour West 37 human settlement in Canada

Boat Harbour West 37 is a Mi'kmaq reserve located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

Boat Harbour, Nova Scotia

Boat Harbour is a body of water on the Northumberland Strait in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Originally a tidal estuary, construction of a pulp and paper waste effluent treatment facility in the 1960s led to the pollution of the harbour and the source of ongoing environmental concern. Treated water takes about 30 days to reach the Northumberland Strait. Since the treatment system began operation in 1967, Boat Harbour has become polluted with dioxins, furans, chloride, mercury and other toxic heavy metals. It is considered to be one of Nova Scotia's worst cases of environmental racism. In 2015, the Boat Harbour Act wrote into law that the pulp and paper mill cease effluent treatment no later than January 31, 2020; soon after this took effect, the mill closed indefinitely. The Boat Harbour Remediation Project aims to return Boat Harbour to its original state as a tidal estuary. Pilot scale testing has been completed and the project is undergoing a federal environmental assessment and cleanup is expected to begin in 2021.

Fishers Grant 24 human settlement in Nova Scotia, Canada

Fisher's Grant 24 is a Mi'kmaq reserve located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

Fishers Grant 24G human settlement in Nova Scotia, Canada

Fisher's Grant 24G is a Mi'kmaq reserve located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

Grand Narrows Bridge Canadian railway bridge

The Grand Narrows Bridge is a Canadian railway bridge crossing between Victoria County, Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton County. At 516.33 m (1,694 ft), it is the longest railroad bridge in the province. The bridge incorporates a swing span at its eastern end to permit the continued passage of marine traffic through the strait.

Pictou Shipyard

The Pictou Shipyard is a Canadian shipbuilding site located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and made famous by its use as an emergency shipbuilding facility in World War Two, during which it constructed twenty-four 4,700-ton Scandinavian class freighters.

Pictou Harbour

Pictou Harbour is a natural harbour in Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Strait.

The Middle River of Pictou is a Canadian river located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

References

  1. "Pictou Landing". Geographical Names Board of Canada . Natural Resources Canada . Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  2. Place-Names and Places of Nova Scotia. Public Archives of Nova Scotia. 1967. pp. 524–525. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. Cameron 1972, pp. 62-63.
  4. Illustrated Historical Atlas of Pictou County. J.H.Meacham & Co. 1879.


Coordinates: 45°39′58″N62°41′0″W / 45.66611°N 62.68333°W / 45.66611; -62.68333 (Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia)