Brian Burton, reads the scale for the king lobster competition, part of the 78th Pictou Lobster Carnival kickoff last July. The carnival was recognized by Reader's Digest as a Top 10 Destination for Canadians in 2013. File photo
PICTOU – Pictou’s Lobster festival has received accolades at the national level when Reader’s Digest ranked it one of the ‘10 Places in Canada Every Canadian Needs To Visit in 2013.’ The carnival was included with events and locations such as the Muddy Badlands, Sask., Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik, N.W.T., and Discovery Day Celebrations, Dawson City, Yukon.
“I wasn’t aware we were in the running,” said Brian Burton, chair of the carnival. “But it’s great news.”
It’s been a summertime Pictou fixture since 1934.
Burton attributes the growing positive reputation of the carnival to the support of the town and the popular entertainment.
Recent acts have included Johnny Reid, Trooper and April Wine.
“It’s not just the carnival and those activities. The whole Town of Pictou plays a huge part in our success.”
The Reader’s Digest site listed the 10 locations and stated that each had unique and beautiful qualities waiting to be explored.
“If you’re tired of visiting the same cities and events year after year, let 2013 expand your travel horizons,” the online article read. “Whether you’re looking to uncover secrets from Canada’s past, rub shoulders with wildlife, or celebrate the culinary delights of our great country, here are some top travel choices for the New Year.”
“I’m not surprised,” said Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes. “People from all over come here to enjoy themselves and have a good time.”
The 2012 Lobster Festival included fireworks, a parade and car show among other activities. This year’s festival will be held on Jul. 5 -7.
“We’re going to be living up to our high standard for 2013 so come and check it out,” said Burton.