Situated on the waters of the Nothumberland Strait lies a hidden gem called Pictou Island. It is located approximately 4NM north of Nova Scotia and 10 NM south of Prince Edward Island. The island itself is 9.5 km in length and 2.5 km in width and is administratively part of Pictou County. Its geography is similar to PEI with sandstone bluffs, red soil fields and beautiful sandy beaches.
Pictou Island was settled in the early 1800s by Irish and Scottish immigrants, a hard-working, independent people who survived by farming and fishing. The pioneers left a legacy of self-sufficiency, cooperation, public service, and a keen sense of fun that Islanders strive to uphold.
The island today is home to a community of year-round and seasonal residents, and a haven for cottagers and visitors. There is a public wharf located at the west end and a breakwater for mooring at the east end. There is also a community centre, church, fire department and several lighthouses located on the island.
Pictou Island is a supportive community with a strong spirit. They value the pace of life and the tranquility the island allows. They are committed to protecting and preserving the essence of this special place for present and future generations.
There is a one-room public school, facilitated at the Pictou Community Centre, with a single part-time teacher for students up to grade 6, after which students begin correspondence or enroll in schools on the mainland.