Travel Guide
Antigonish which includes a house
Stunning beaches, hiking trails and of the oldest running Highland Games in Canada draw visitors to this popular university town.

Explore the campus of one of Canada’s oldest universities, watch traditional Scottish events at the annual Highland Games and walk a beautiful coastal path when you visit the town of Antigonish.

Europeans first settled this area in the 18th century, and in 1855 a group of Scottish Catholics founded St. Francis xavier University. This remains one of the most highly regarded universities in the country, and a student population of around 4,000 ensures the cafés and bars of Main Street are always buzzing.

Antigonish is a superb place for lovers of the outdoors to spend some time. The tracks along Fairmont Ridge northeast of town offer great views. Head a little way south of here for Pomquet Dune, a large dune system. Spot attractive plants and birds as you make your way towards the coast. Antigonish is also the start of the Sunrise Trail that runs along Nova Scotia’s northern coast and ends at Amherst. Walk along part of the route to the Cape George Lighthouse. Spend an afternoon here and enjoy superb views towards Cape Breton and Prince Edward Islands.

When the cold winter makes trips to the beach less appealing, you will find plenty to do in town. Visit the Heritage Museum and view photos and artifacts covering more than 100 years of the town’s past. Tour the university campus and see the work of Nova Scotia artists at its StFX Art Gallery. Attend an ice hockey match or a concert at the Charles V. Keating Millennium Center.

July brings one of the highlights of the year, the Antigonish Highland Games. Scottish settlers began this tradition around 1863 and it is the longest running event of its kind in the country. Enjoy traditional Scottish music, join in a Scottish dance and watch strength events like the tug of war.

Reach Antigonish by flying into Halifax Airport and then drive 114 miles (184 kilometers) west to the town. Summers are the best time to visit, as the long days and milder weather allow you to spend more time enjoying the area’s natural beauty.

Antigonish Victorian Inn
Antigonish Victorian Inn
4.5 out of 5
149 Main St, Antigonish, NS, B2G 2B6
The price is $85 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 25
per night
Dec 24 - Dec 25
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury inn in Antigonish. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Antigonish Heritage Museum and St ...
3.9/5 Good! (104 reviews)

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Antigonish Victorian Inn
Maritime Inn Antigonish
Maritime Inn Antigonish
4 out of 5
158 Main Street, Antigonish, NS, B2G 2B7
The price is $98 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Antigonish. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (385 reviews)
"Overall a nice stay, pleasant staff. Convenient for all amenities. Great restaurant on site. The room we stayed in was nice enough but needs attention (fixtures, cracked ceiling)."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Maritime Inn Antigonish
Claymore inn & Suites
Claymore inn & Suites
3.5 out of 5
137 Church Street, Antigonish, NS, B2G 2E2
The price is $112 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Antigonish. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (198 reviews)
"We were only there to sleep and had to leave early the next morning but room was clean, beds were comfy and water was hot. Pleasant stay."

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Claymore inn & Suites
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Waterfront One Bedroom Apartment
Waterfront One Bedroom Apartment
Antigonish, NS
Stay at this apartment in Southside Harbour. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Pomquet Beach Provincial Park and Antigonish ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
My stay at Southside Harbour.
"Much more than I expected. All you need is your cloths and a toothbrush 😀 A beautiful space on the harbour with the beach a short distance away. The owners have put so much thought into there property."

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Waterfront One Bedroom Apartment
Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
3 out of 5
208 Main Street, Antigonish, NS, B2G 2B9
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Antigonish. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the bathrooms in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (193 reviews)
"Great space to do some food prep on my overnight when travelling through. Easy checkin process. Safe neighbourhood, sufficient parking. Room was clean & bright."

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Micro Boutique Living - Antigonish
Private Oceanfront Fisherman’s Cottage
Private Oceanfront Fisherman’s Cottage
Monastery, NS
Stay at this cottage in Tracadie. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Pomquet Island Lighthouse and Bayfield Beach Provincial Park ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great place for a getaway
"The house was the perfect size for a group of 5 girls. Communication with the property owner was excellent and they left us fresh eggs from their hens - such a thoughtful touch. We would definitely go back!"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Private Oceanfront Fisherman’s Cottage
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