The electoral district of Pictou East borders the beautiful Northumberland Strait, which is the warmest water north of the Carolinas. Dotted with beautiful sand beaches and picturesque fishing villages, this area is one of Nova Scotia’s greatest treasures. On its north shore, the district’s boundaries stretch from Ponds on the northeast to Pictou Landing on the northwest. Pictou East extends as far southeast as Rocky Mountain on “the 347” on to Trafalgar in the southwest. This area sparkles with small lakes and magnificent maples that cover this wide country side. In total the district encompasses 1,649 sq km.
Because the Northumberland Strait is so sheltered, it has welcomed many to its shores. First Nations, Basque, French, Scottish, English, Dutch settlers have all made their homes here in Pictou East. The total population of the district as of 2011 was 15,155 with 11,803 eligible voters. It is home to the Mikmaq First Nations at Pictou Landing. Westville is the district’s major town. Westville’s coal mining history is still evident in street names, beautiful Acadia Park, and grand old homes.