About the Area

Nova Scotia has a great deal to offer and here in the northeastern region on the Northumberland Strait; you will enjoy the warmest waters north of the Carolinas! Fresh lobster is abound and if you arrive in lobster season you can enjoy the morning’s catch. Lobster never tasted so good!

Antigonish is in known as the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia because it’s surrounded by the foothills of the Appalachian shield leading, just a short distance, to Cape Breton Island. The town of Antigonish is nearby. It’s perhaps best known for its university – St. Francis Xavier University – which inadvertently supports a wealth of culture and services emanating from the faculty and students. Local theatre is of the highest caliber and musical talent runs in the blood of the regions inhabitants. Shops and galleries inhabit the charming and authentic downtown core.

The area is known for having some of the best beaches in the province to which you can walk, drive – or better yet take your canoe or kayak. As you walk the wide sandy beaches you’ll be struck by the fact that you’ll be sharing all that space with very few others. There just aren’t enough people to fill all the beaches! In recent years the County of Antigonish has developed an excellent hiking trail system that’s easy to follow yet vast. You will enjoy bursts of natural and unspoiled beauty as you work up your heart rate and assuage any guilt for the great meal you had the night before.

The Harbour Road that leads to Lanark continues to weave and climb along the coast to the Cape George Lighthouse and then back along the top through Malignant Cove and eventually returning to town. This is such a beautiful trail; it has earned the nickname of the mini- Cabot Trail – or the mini-trail as locals call it. It is dotted by several fishermen’s coves such as Cribben’s Point and Ballantyne’s Cove where you can drive out to the wharf, take in the sights and treat yourself to some of the best chowder and fish and chips anywhere.

If you’re an adventurer who is drawn to the real Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island you can do it from Antigonish in a day – if you hit the road good and early.

Whatever your interests and whatever your speed, you will find a wealth of experiences in this region.


All of the above represent just the highlight of the local attractions and services. The Visitor Information Centre at the mall in town has lots more info for day trips and more detail about what’s here. Or you can browse in some of the local websites.

The main thing to know is that all of your needs can be taken care of no matter how simple or complicated.

If you want more specifics about any of this please contact your host tiiupoder@ns.sympatico.ca

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