The city name, Antigonish, is believed to stand for a place where tree branches are torn off by bears, so they can gather beechnuts. Antigonish is of Mi'kmaq origin. Settlement began in 1784, when a large grant was received by Colonel Timothy Hierlihy. Hierlihy titled the land Dorchester in the beginning, but then it was changed to Antigonish in the late 1820s. Antigonish is home to St. Francis Xavier University, which gained full University rights in 1866. Antigonish was incorporated in 1889.

Antigonish is mostly a scholar town, consisting of mainly white collar workers. The largest businesses in Antigonish are the St. Martha's Regional Hospital, the University and the National Philatelic Centre.

Antigonish is home to the Highland Games, a well known annual event that has been around for well over a century. Antigonish is surrounded by many lakes, trails and biking paths, as well as the Antigonish Highlands, located within the Beaver Mountain Provincial Park. Antigonish hosts the annual summer theatre festival, the Evolve music festival, and also offers a spectacular golf course. Antigonish is proud of its local beaches, each with spectacular panoramic views.

Antigonish accommodations include a selection of bed and breakfasts, inns, motels, and cottages.

Just 2 minutes' drive from downtown Antigonish, the Inn offers cosily furnished rooms with free DVD rental and free Wi-Fi. With a 24-hour front desk, it is just 1.9 km from St Francis Xavier University. The air-conditioned rooms at the Inn all come with free in-room coffee and tea along with a free daily newspaper. Guests can make use of a computer in the main lobby.

This Antigonish motel is right on Highway 104, 8 km east of Saint Francis Xavier University. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the motel and rooms include cable TV. A microwave, fridge and coffee facilities are provided in all rooms at the Coastal Inn Antigonish. The air-conditioned rooms include wood furniture and bathroom amenities.

Our Antigonish bed & breakfast is a modern West-Coast style home that takes full advantage of the magnificent panoramic view surrounding Antigonish Harbour. Our rooms are tastefully decorated in a modern style and our beds are fitted with top quality mattresses chosen with your comfort in mind. Everything is immaculate and we provide a smoke-free environment.

Our Antigonish hotel provides on-site dining and warmly furnished rooms. The Trans-Canada Highway 104 is a 4-minute drive away. Free Wi-Fi is offered. Modern rooms include cable TV and a work desk with coffee facilities as well as a flat-screen TV and fridge. Antigonish's Main Street Café and Lounge serves Nova Scotia cuisine featuring seasonal recipes.

Antigonish Highland Heart (Shebby's) B&B
B&B
135 Main Street
Antigonish Victorian Inn
B&B
149 Main St
Chateau Motel
Hotel
3055 Hwy 104
Clanranald Tourist Suite
Long Term
134 Main St
Claymore Inn & Suites and Antigonish Conference Centre
Hotel
137 Church St
Hastain House Bed & Breakfast
B&B
84 Arbor Dr
Keltic Gates Bed & Breakfast
B&B
21 Crockett Court
Morrison's Bed & Breakfast
B&B
15 Govenors Lane
Oasis Motel (1981)
Hotel
4173 Hwy 104
Oasis Trailer and Camping Ground
RV/Camping
4173 Hwy 104
Silver Glen Suites
Long Term
41 George Place
St. Francis Xavier University
Long Term
West St
Whidden Park
RV/Camping
11 Hawthorne St
Whidden Park
Long Term
11 Hawthorne St
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