Caribou, Nova Scotia

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Caribou, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Caribou, Nova Scotia
Location of Caribou in Nova Scotia

Caribou is a small rural community in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Caribou Island Lighthouse

Located on the Northumberland Strait northwest of the town of Pictou, Caribou is named after the Woodland Caribou which used to live in Nova Scotia until European settlers hunted the herds to extinction in the 19th century. Nearby geographic locations using the name include Caribou Harbour, which the community is situated upon, as well as Caribou Island to the north, Central Caribou and Caribou River.

Caribou became an important port after it was selected by the federal government in the late 1930s to be the Nova Scotia terminal for a seasonal ferry service to eastern Prince Edward Island. The service, operated by Northumberland Ferries Limited since its inception in 1941, carries passenger, vehicle and truck traffic to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island between May and December.

Caribou also hosts a small passenger-only seasonal ferry service to Pictou Island, departing from the small craft fishing harbour adjacent to the NFL ferry terminal.

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Coordinates: 45°44′12.47″N 62°41′42.41″W / 45.7367972°N 62.6951139°W / 45.7367972; -62.6951139