Antigonish, Nova Scotia
|Town of Antigonish
Gaelic: Am Baile Mòr
View of Antigonish
|Nickname(s): "The 'Nish", "Antigonowhere"|
|Motto: The Heart of the Highlands|
|Incorporated||January 9, 1889|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Mayor||Carl Chisholm|
|• Governing Body||Antigonish Town Council|
|• MLA||Randy Delorey (Liberal)|
|• MP||Sean Fraser (L)|
|• Town||5.15 km2 (1.99 sq mi)|
|• Urban||6.01 km2 (2.32 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||34 m (112 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||879.2/km2 (2,277/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||846.0/km2 (2,191/sq mi)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT (UTC-3)|
|Canadian Postal code||B2G|
|Telephone Exchanges||318 735 863 867 870 872 948 968 971|
|Median household income, 2000 (all households)||$41,773|
Coordinates: Antigonish (/æntigonɪːʃ/ or /ænəgənɪːʃ/) (Scottish Gaelic: Am Baile Mòr /am balə muːr/) is a town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The town is home to St. Francis Xavier University and the oldest continuous Highland games outside Scotland. It is approximately 160 kilometres (100 miles) northeast of Halifax, the provincial capital.
Antigonish had been the location of an annual Mi'kmaq summer coastal community prior to European settlement; although the original definition of the name has been lost as the Mi'kmaq language has undergone many revisions over the last two centuries. The first European settlement took place in 1784 when Lt. Colonel Timothy Hierlihy of the Royal Nova Scotia Volunteer Regiment received a large land grant surrounding Antigonish Harbour. Hierlihy and his party founded the Dorchester settlement, named for Sir Guy Carleton, who was Governor General of Canada and subsequently Lord Dorchester. In 1796 another settler, with the assistance of a First Nations guide, blazed a trail from Antigonish Harbour to Brown's Mountain, using the shortest route. This trail became a guide for travellers and eventually evolved into a winding Main Street. By the late 1820s, Dorchester was commonly referred to as Antigonish. In 1852, a newspaper, The Casket, began publication, however it was recently purchased by Bounty Print in 2015.
St. Francis Xavier University was established in Antigonish in 1855, having been founded in 1853 in Arichat, Cape Breton and originally called the College of East Bay after East Bay, Nova Scotia where an earlier institution had once existed (1824–1829). St.F.X. was originally a Catholic seminary and was granted full university powers in 1866 by an act of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The town is also the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish.
The first hospital in Antigonish opened on June 10, 1906.
Antigonish is notable for having a social movement named for it, the Antigonish Movement, launched from St. Francis Xavier University in the 1920s by local priests and educators including Rev. Dr. Moses Coady and Father Jimmy Tompkins.
St. Francis Xavier University is located in Antigonish. St. Francis Xavier has 4,267 full-time students and 500 part-time students. It was named as the best undergraduate university in Canada by Maclean's magazine for five consecutive years (2002–2006). St. Francis Xavier is also well known for the X-Ring and the Coady International Institute.
The elementary and secondary schools in Antigonish fall under the jurisdiction of the Strait Regional School Board. Antigonish is home to three public schools: Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School, St. Andrew Junior School and the Antigonish Education Centre.
Sports and culture
Antigonish is a service centre for the surrounding region that includes Antigonish and Guysborough Counties and many local businesses are based in the service sector. There are no major industrial operations located in the town or county. The workforce is primarily white collar with the largest employers being St. Martha's Regional Hospital and St. Francis Xavier University. Until 2011, Antigonish accommodated Canada Post's National Philatelic Centre, which provided mail-order services for worldwide collectors of Canadian stamps.
2004-06 Building Boom
The Antigonish area experienced great deal of economic growth and retail development between 2004 and 2006 when the retail landscape of the town and county changed significantly. Much of the growth took place in the Post Road area, just outside town. Atlantic Superstore, Walmart, and Central constructed new stores while the former Atlantic SuperValue, also located in this area, was redeveloped as a Staples Business Depot.
Other areas also saw growth. In June 2005, Shoppers Drug Mart opened a new store downtown while the NSLC opened a new store attached to the existing Sobeys store, located next to mall. The following month a new GM dealership opened on the outskirts of town.
A multi-unit retail annex was constructed at the local shopping mall in the spring of 2006. This complex houses a new Cleve's sporting goods store, and Herbal Magic. The mall area also saw the construction of a Boston Pizza restaurant which opened in late 2006. The new A&W restaurant that opened in February 2007, could also be considered part of the building boom as construction began in late 2006.
- August Ames, pornographic actress
- Donald Chisholm, stockcar driver
- Mary-Colin Chisholm, stage, film and TV actor
- Moses Coady, Catholic priest, adult educator, and leader of the Antigonish Movement
- Eric Gillis, 2008, 2012 Olympian (athletics-10,000m, marathon)
- Max Haines, crime writer, columnist for the Toronto Sun
- Craig MacDonald, former professional hockey player
- Garfield MacDonald, Olympic Athlete
- Shauna MacDonald, actress, also known as "Promo Girl" on CBC Radio One
- Ryan MacGrath, musician and painter
- Al MacIsaac, Vice President Chicago Blackhawks
- Paul MacLean, assistant coach of the Anaheim Ducks
- Carole MacNeil, television journalist, former co-host of CBC News: Sunday and CBC News: Sunday Night
- Stephen McHattie, stage, film and TV actor
- Robyn Meagher, Olympic runner
- Carroll Morgan, Olympic heavyweight boxer
- Archbishop James Morrison, Catholic Bishop 1912
- Anne Simpson, poet
- Lewis John Stringer, Cross of Valour (Canada) Recipient, Wall of Valour
- The Trews, a rock band
- Walsh, Patrick (1989). The History of Antigonish. Antigonish, N.S.: Scotia Design Publications. p. 320. ISBN 0-920147-02-X.
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