Antigonish Travel Guide

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Antigonish Things to Do

  • by HFX_Resident Written May 16, 2011

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    Antigonish is a great place to visit anytime of year, but Summer tends to be the best. There are tons of enjoyable things to do around the town, and throughout the county.

    Within town, take in the picturesque Saint Francis Xavier University. The University is very well respected and is home to roughly 4500 students each year. The campus takes on a theme that is often compared to colleges throughout the New England states.

    While at StFX, the Bauer theatre hosts several shows throughout the summer with its program "Festival Antigonish". For a smaller town, these plays are very well done and quite enjoyable. The theatre has recently been refurbished and is quite nice to watch a play in.

    During the first two weeks of July, Antigonish hosts the longest running Highland games in North America. Events include track and field, caber toss, and shot put. Along with these events there is plenty of highland dancing, nightly concerts, and beer gardens with live Nova Scotian music. All make for a very good time. Also, the annual 'Kilted' golf tournament takes place during Highland Games week. This event is extremely well attended with many great spirits on hand.

    Other than that, another big draw to Antigonish is the access to countless beaches just a short drive away. Some of the best include Pomquet Beach, Arisaig, Cribbons Point, and Bayfield Beach. The summers in Antigonish are often quite hot, with temperatures getting up to 36 degrees celsius (97 F).

    Antigonish makes a great vacationing spot for all these reasons, plus an exceptional campground (Whiddens) right in the heart of town. Amenities include several great restaurants, 3 major grocery stores, a shopping mall, as well as many local shops. If you can't find everything you need in those locations, Walmart also recently opened up. Also, Antigonish makes for a great setting off point for exploring Cape Breton as it is only aout a 35min drive away.

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    • Family Travel
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    • Beaches

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