Why Antigonish

Antigonish is a small town (Pop. 5000+) surrounded by rural countryside. The town is a service centre for Antigonish and Guysborough counties. Located just 2 hours from Halifax and mid-point between Halifax and Sydney, Cape Breton, there is easy access to major cities in Nova Scotia and international access points.

Home of the top ranked St. Francis Xavier University the population of the town doubles when students of St Francis Xavier University are in session. The university provides useful collaborations in Research and Development, student service learning in the community, expertise of the faculty, venues, events, recreation facilities and opportunities for professional development. The Coady International Institute at StFX gives the town an international flavor with participants coming from around the globe to study leadership and development using the Antigonish Movement model.

Situated in The Municipality of the County of Antigonish (14,692 according to 2011 census) there is valuable collaboration with the Town of Antigonish on projects and areas of mutual concern. Many of our members are from the county.

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital offers excellent health services and working to create healthy communities. There are excellent educational facilities for all ages from pre-school to University. The family friendly environment and broad range of activities makes Antigonish an excellent place to raise a family. The town also offers a range of facilities for seniors.

Antigonish offers a high quality of life with vibrant arts and culture in the visual and performing arts, festivals and events, sports and recreation, and outdoor access to hiking, beaches, fishing and exploring in the town and county. A multitude of community organizations with engaged citizens are active in welcoming newcomers, improving the environment, enjoying the arts, and supporting a wide variety of community causes. The area is a tourism destination welcoming visitors to enjoy all we have to offer.

Traditionally Antigonish is known as the “Heart of the Highlands” with the longest running Scottish Highland Games in the nation. Now the town’s population has been growing with people from many nations and backgrounds adding to our cultural diversity.

Entrepreneurs and business owners will find access to professional development, funding resources, business advisors, networking and a community that supports local business.