What to do and see in Antigonish, Nova Scotia: The Best Places and Tips

Discover the best top things to do in Antigonish, Canada including Old Barn Gallery, Antigonish Heritage Museum, Arisaig Provincial Park, Antigonish Landing Trail, Antigonish Farmer's Market, Saint Ninian Cathedral, Saint Francis Xavier University, Ballantyne's Cove Tuna Interpretive Centre, Cairn Park, Columbus Field.

71 Melanson Rd | Pomquet Village, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2L4, Canada Shopping, Museums, Art Galleries
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Old Barn Gallery

We sell original art that is mostly local - much of the art is the work of art/owner Carol Naveta Rivoire. Carol's passion is CONTEMPORARY ART, and her paintings are full of all the elements necessary - pleasing colors, texture (lots of texture), balanced composition, line, value, and emotion. The galleries are located at beautiful Beaver Dam Farm in the village of Pomquet, 12 min. from Antigonish Town. One gallery is in a former stable, and the other in the former carriage house. -- Very charming and fun! There's a lovely terrace with seating. Have a cup of coffee and enjoy the flowers and container vegetables surrounding the terrace. There are 500 old-fashioned rose bushes on the farm plus huge perennial gardens. -- Drive EAST on the highway towards Cape Breton. EXIT 35B (Monks Head Rd.) Folow OLD BARN GALLERY signs to first road on left (Melanson Rd.)

Reviewed By Annette D

Unique venue for eclectic art and antiques

Our visit to the Old Barn made a great start to a day near Antigonish! I particularly enjoyed Naveta's stories about the transformation of each gallery, about local artists and their work, and her own story of her journey to becoming an abstract artist. T

2. Antigonish Heritage Museum

20 East Main St, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2E9, Canada Museums, History Museums
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Antigonish Heritage Museum

Antigonish Heritage Museum is a community museum that strives to preserve and promote a cultural understanding of the heritage of Antigonish Town and County. It is housed in the former CN Rail Station building, and includes exhibits, archival collections, and resources for genealogists.

Reviewed By Les W - Mississauga, CanadaMississauga, Canada

Take a Trip, Without Leaving Town, at the Antigonish Heritage Museum...

You never know what to expect, when you choose to visit a so-called "Small Town Museum". I am pleased to say, that this visit was a genuine surprise!Located in what was once the town's thriving Train Station, this museum building now offers a compact glim

3. Arisaig Provincial Park

Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2L2, Canada Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Arisaig Provincial Park

Located west of Antigonish, this park was created to protect the many fossil beds located in the cliffs overlooking its beach.

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Finding fossils

We had fun in this Provincial Park. First, we were able to read about the many information panels. That was worthwhile.While we were there, we found a lighthouse from up high!Immediately after that, we went for the trail through the forest. We saw the coa

4. Antigonish Landing Trail

20 East Main St, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2E9, Canada Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails, Biking Trails More
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Antigonish Landing Trail

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Following the river

I thought we would have problems to find parking in this place. It wasn’t so. When we arrived to the trail, there were already a lot of cars parked, early in the morning. Wow!We met a lot of people on that trail.We followed most of the time the river and

5. Antigonish Farmer's Market

30 James St | The Exhibition Grounds, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 1R7, Canada Food & Drink, Shopping, Flea & Street Markets, Farmers Markets More
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Antigonish Farmer's Market

Reviewed By BettyandBill - Antigonish, CanadaAntigonish, Canada

There is quite a variety of vendors that provide everything from ethnic cooking to jewelry!

There is a nice variety of vendors that provide vegetables, fruit, great sausages (without fillers and preservatives), a variety of baked goods, honey, jewelry, knitted items, ethnic cooking and many more items too numerous to mention.

6. Saint Ninian Cathedral

Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2L8, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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Saint Ninian Cathedral

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

No seats left!

I was attracted to this cathedral. It stood out! It stood tall. It had three entrances, through wooden doors. The cathedral were made of bricks.I went inside during communion. Every seat wastaken. Wow!They had wooden benches and their favorite color is gr

7. Saint Francis Xavier University

5005 Chapel Square, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Universities & Schools
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By the_introoder - Paris, FranceParis, France

A prestigious university

This university has an excellent reputation in Canada, and its main campus is located very close to the Antigonish city centre.The campus itself is pretty impressive, its red brick buildings giving it an aura of austerity - and it is big, yet peaceful to

8. Ballantyne's Cove Tuna Interpretive Centre

57 Ballantynes Cove Wharf Rd, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2L2, Canada Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 25 reviews

Ballantyne's Cove Tuna Interpretive Centre

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Huge Tuna!

I was quite interested when they explained that in the bay of St. George’s Bay, they have specimen of bluefin tuna that are the largest in the world. Wow! They covered the tuna fishery since they started fishing. They showed a video about that. It was abo

9. Cairn Park

Main Street, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 1Z1, Canada Nature & Parks
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Cairn Park

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Dedicated to the Scotts

Right in front of the St. Francis Xavier University, there is an unique park, named the Cairn Park. As there are a lot of Scots in Antigonish, they decided to have their own park. It's a park filled with cairns of every Scottish tribe that live in Antigon

10. Columbus Field

121 Main Street, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2N8, Canada Nature & Parks, Fun & Games, Outdoor Activities, Playgrounds, Hiking Trails More
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Columbus Field

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Having fun with the splash pad.

There is a playground, a football field and even tennis. However, most people prefer to walk on the track. Young people as well as retirees. That’s cool!However, when we walked by the splash pad, the water started to turn on. At first it happened to one s

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