©

Antigonish trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close
Trip Planner Canada  /  Nova Scotia  /  Antigonish

Antigonish

4.2
Antigonish is a town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The town is home to St. Francis Xavier University and the oldest continuous Highland games outside Scotland. It is approximately 160 kilometres (100 miles) northeast of Halifax, the provincial capital.HistoryAntigonish had been the location of an annual Mi'kmaq summer coastal community prior to European settlement; although the original definition of the name has been lost as the Mi'kmaq language has undergone many revisions over the last two centuries. The first European settlement took place in 1784 when Lt. Colonel Timothy Hierlihy of the Royal Nova Scotia Volunteer Regiment received a large land grant surrounding Antigonish Harbour. Hierlihy and his party founded the Dorchester settlement, named for Sir Guy Carleton, who was Governor General of Canada and subsequently Lord Dorchester. In 1796 another settler, with the assistance of a First Nations guide, blazed a trail from Antigonish Harbour to Brown's Mountain, using the shortest route. This trail became a guide for travellers and eventually evolved into a winding Main Street. By the late 1820s, Dorchester was commonly referred to as Antigonish. In 1852, a newspaper, The Casket, began publication, however it was recently purchased by Bounty Print in 2015.
In the build up to your vacation in Antigonish, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Canada trip itinerary site.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Antigonish

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Antigonish

See all ›
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Antigonish

4.4
Duration: 4 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Antigonish

4.2
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Antigonish

4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Antigonish

4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Tours in Antigonish

4.5
Duration: 4 hours

Places to visit with Antigonish