Nova Scotia is full of cute little towns waiting to be explored. Antigonish is one of these, with a population of just under 5000, and home to a small university, arts scene, and L’Arche community, making it almost exactly like my hometown of Wolfville but not quite as cool. In 2 hours from both Halifax and the New Brunswick border, and moments from the ocean, why wouldn’t you want to stop and stay awhile?
Haven’t convinced you yet?
Check out Antigonish’s cute main street and it’s funky dragon-filled wall mural. Grab a bite on one of many restaurant patios.
Visit the Antigonish Town & County library, a beautiful, extra large public space, featuring art from the L’Arche community, an outdoor patio, and obviously, numerous books. (Important announcement: Spotless bathrooms found here!)
Tour St. Francis Xavier University campus – in the summer at least, it’s calm, student free, and has both decorative and food gardens through which to wander – even if you have no interest in obtaining another bachelor’s degree!
Go for a drive to see a hidden part of Nova Scotia. Antigonish is ideally located for a loop round the bay. Take in Livingstone Cove, and the view at Cape George Lighthouse.
Kids and weird adults will love the bunnies at the lighthouse park. They will love it less if you hit them with your car when you aren’t paying attention (this did not happen on my trip, just to be clear. I’m a vegetarian. No bunny-killers here).
The moral of the story: Visit Antigonish, don’t run over rabbits.
Spending more time in Nova Scotia? Have you ticked everything off your Nova Scotia Bucket List?
Maybe in need of some Cape Breton beaches that’ll make you think you’re in the Caribbean?
Or, take a trip to see some history in Annapolis Royal!