Improvements to the Ship Hector site will better tell the story of the first Scottish emigrants to come directly from Scotland to Nova Scotia
August 30, 2023 · Pictou, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Tourism is the economic lifeblood of many communities in Atlantic Canada. In Nova Scotia, one of the province’s most beloved historic sites is undergoing improvements to attract even more visitors. The Government of Canada is investing in a series of upgrades to the Hector Heritage Quay at the Pictou waterfront to boost long-term tourism growth and help diversify the local economy.
An anchor for Pictou’s tourism offerings
Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced a non-repayable contribution of $2.2 million to the Ship Hector Society. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.
This contribution will help the Society enhance the visitor experience at the Hector Heritage Quay. Major upgrades at the interpretive centre will include new roofing, windows, doors, and the installation of solar panels which will enable the site to be carbon neutral. All educational elements in the centre and on the ship will be updated to more clearly tell the story of the support given to Scottish settlers by the Mi’kmaq people. These improvements will make the Hector Heritage Quay more accessible and appealing, drawing new visitors to the waterfront and strengthening the area’s economy. The society is also in the process of restoring the Ship Hector replica with new a exterior, sails, rigging and fibreglass body to make it more long-lasting and weather resistant.
In March, the Public Policy Forum published a report that confirms Atlantic Canada’s economy is bustling and the region is poised for exponential growth. Today’s announcement highlights how the Government of Canada is contributing to this momentum – strengthing our communities, creating new opportunities, and setting the stage for a strong, sustainable future. It also demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring that rural communities have the support they need to take advantage of new opportunities and diversify their economies.