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Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Scottish Heritage in Antigonish

Experience the old-world charm of Antigonish, known as “the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia”. Rich with Scottish culture, Antigonish is host to the Antigonish Highland Games, the oldest continuously running Highland Games outside of Scotland. 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Highland Games which takes place the week of July 7-14. The games feature a week long schedule packed with competitions and entertainment. Competitions include traditional events such as Scottish heavy events, tug of war and highland dance. Featured entertainment includes ceilidhs, street fair, parade, concerts and the main stage production of Ships of 1801.

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Attractions in Antigonish

Antigonish is considered the cultural centre of the Northern shore of Nova Scotia and is well known for its fine crafts, visual arts and fabulous festivals. Take in a spot of theatre at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, one of the finest professional theatres in the province. Explore shops and art galleries to view limited prints, crafts, one of a kind pottery and paintings by well-known Canadian artists such as Mi’Kmaq artist, Alan Syliboy. Aphrodite Art & Fashion boutique and gallery specializes in handmade artisanal jewellery, fashions items, and an ever-changing, curated art exhibit.

For a more interactive experience, take in the Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival or the Antigonish International Film Festival.

Outdoor Adventures in Antigonish

The Antigonish area has some beautiful beaches, known for their warm waters and white sandy beaches. Relax on Pomquet Beach Provincial Park located north east of Antigonish, with its beautiful dunes and occasional sand bars. Take a stroll along the boardwalk. Tee off at the Antigonish Golf Club, a par-72, 18-hole golf course designed by Bob Moote. Discover lush greenery and fresh local foods at the Antigonish Farmers’ Market, and then take a hike on the Antigonish Landing Trail, along an estuary of Antigonish Harbour, on the outskirts of town, where you will view osprey, eagles, and ducks in the wildlife sanctuary. 

Thrill seekers must explore the Keppoch Highlands which are a series of trails designed for downhill mountain biking, cross-country mountain biking and hiking. Racing fans won’t want to miss the Riverside Speedway proudly hosts a number of racing and special events each year.

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Where to Eat in Antigonish

Antigonish is home to a variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to local favourites. For deliciously innovative global cuisine, visit Gabrieau's Bistro on Antigonish's Main Street. This award winning restaurant and innovative Chef Mark Gabrieau will delight you with dishes featuring locally sourced fare with international flare. Hungry visitors have a number of wonderful eateries to choose from in Antigonish including the Tall and Small Cafe, Snow Queen Restaurant, Brownstone Cafe, The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery, and the Main Street Cafe located within the Maritime Inn Antigonish.

For those wishing for a slice of pizza, Antigonish is home to the legendary Wheel Pizza & Sub Shop. The Wheel, in business for over 35 years, and has been shipped around the world and is endorsed by Antigonishers and St. Francis Xavier University alumni alike. Be sure to pick up a slice to see what the fuss is all about.

Antigonish Hotels and Accommodations

Antigonish is home to a number of bed and breakfasts, inns and cottages located throughout the town and on the seacoast of the Northumberland Shore. Travellers will appreciate that many are located directly in the town, just off the Trans Canada Highway.

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