Antigonish County, Nova Scotia

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Antigonish County
Official seal of Antigonish County
Location of Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
Location of Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°36′N 61°54′W / 45.6°N 61.9°W / 45.6; -61.9Coordinates: 45°36′N 61°54′W / 45.6°N 61.9°W / 45.6; -61.9
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Towns Antigonish
Established December 16, 1785
Incorporated April 17, 1879
Electoral Districts      

Central Nova
Provincial Antigonish
 • Type Antigonish County Municipal Council
 • Warden Herbert J. DeLorey
 • MLA Maurice Smith (NDP)
 • MP Peter MacKay (C)
 • Land 1,457.81 km2 (562.86 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1][2]
 • Total 19,589
 • Density 13.4/km2 (35/sq mi)
 • Change 2001-06 Decrease3.8%
 • Census Rankings
 - Census divisions
 Subdivision A
 Subdivision B
 - Towns
 - Reserves
 Pomquet & Afton 23

7,730 (470 of 5,008)
6,509 (562 of 5,008)

4,236 (766 of 5,008)

361 (3,453 of 5,008)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902
Dwellings 9,591
Median Earnings* $49,581
NTS Map 011F12
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Antigonish County, Nova Scotia is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It is located in northern Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Strait and its county seat is the town of Antigonish.


The County of Sydney was created in 1784. Its boundaries were established by Governor and Council on December 16, 1785.

When St. Mary's Township was established in 1818 it was partly in Sydney County and partly in Halifax County. In 1822 that part of St. Mary's Township which had been in Halifax County was annexed to the County of Sydney.

In 1836 Sydney County was diminished in size when Guysborough County was established out of what had been part of it . In 1863 the name of the County of Sydney was changed to Antigonish County. The word Antigonish is of Mi'kmaq origin, possibly derived from Nalegitkoonecht meaning "where branches are torn off". It is said that there were bears in the area that broke down branches to get beech nuts.

The town of Antigonish is home to Saint Francis Xavier University . Antigonish County is also home to Pomquet Village, a small Acadian village dating back to 1774.



For a list of communities in Antigonish County, see List of communities

Incorporated communities[edit]

Census subdivisions[edit]

Access Routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county limits:[6]

Protected Areas[edit]

  • Arisaig Provincial Park
  • Bayfield Provincial Park
  • Beaver Mountain Provincial Park
  • Eigg Mountain-James River wilderness area
  • Pomquet Beach Provincial Park

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
  2. ^ Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
  3. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 2011 census
  5. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
  6. ^ Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Pages 53-54, 69-71

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