Pictou County is known for its beautiful scenery, fascinating heritage, and friendly hospitality. There’s a lot going on this March Break at the ranch and in other locations around Pictou County. In this post, we inform you about accommodation, entertainment, and dining options in case you are planning a staycation or decide to pay this charming area a visit.
Where to Stay
Located on top of Fitzpatrick Mountain near Scotsburn, Smith Rock Chalets is the perfect place for a wilderness getaway. Their chalets include full kitchens and bathrooms and are ideally set up for a socially distanced vacation. Guest rooms are also available in their Rock Maple Retreat.
All of the accommodation options at Smith Rock Chalets include a TV and free wifi, and several are pet-friendly and wheelchair-accessible. During your stay, be sure to check out the hot tub, heated outdoor pool, walking trails, and other winter activities.
There are also inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels available in Pictou and New Glasgow.
What to Do
At Shelby Ranch, we will have our March Break Ranch Adventure every day between 1 pm and 3 pm. Admission to this family-friendly event includes pony rides, mechanical bull rides, and sleigh/wagon rides, plus access to our petting farm and a bonfire.
Our other services are available by appointment throughout the break. Send us a Facebook message to get your family booked in. Choose among guided trail rides, pony rides, private sleigh/wagon rides, and axe throwing, or try several activities for an afternoon of adventure.
The Museum of Industry in Stellarton is hosting fun and educational activities for children and adults daily over March Break. Visit their website for details about a train-themed story time, historical interpretations, and more.
The Jitney Walking Trail runs from the colourful Pictou waterfront to Browns Point and is maintained during the winter. Borrow recreation equipment from Pictou Recreation and Parks to get some exercise and enjoy beautiful views of Pictou Harbour.
There will also be a guided snowshoe hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain on Friday, March 19th at 10 am. The event is organized by Hike Nova Scotia and the Recreation Departments of the Town of Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County. To register for the hike, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-485-2247. Snowshoes will be provided to participants.
Where to Eat
In Pictou, visit Sharon’s Place Family Restaurant for delicious home-cooked meals and friendly service. Try Piper’s Landing for fine dining or the Highlander Pub for traditional pub fare. Grab lunch at the Stone Soup Café or the Water Street Market & Bakery, which also sells artwork, crafts, and other products by local vendors.
Uncle Leo’s Brewery in Lyon’s Brook makes fine ales without any fillers or preservatives. While in Pictou County, also make sure to indulge your sweet tooth at Mrs. MacGregor’s Shortbreads and get your hands on a slice of the famous Pictou County pizza, made with the signature brown sauce.
What would be your perfect Pictou County vacation? Did we miss any of your favourite places to visit? Let us know in the comments!
Hello, My name is Shelby Gatti, and I am the owner of Shelby Ranch. I love being able to share my passion for animals with you and your family. At Shelby Ranch you can expect a ton of family adventure from horseback riding to mechanical bull riding & axe throwing.