Antigonish County

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Municipality of the County of Antigonish
Antigonish, Antigonish County
Antigonish Sugarloaf.jpg
Official seal of Municipality of the County of Antigonish
Nickname(s): The Nish
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
Cape Breton-Canso
Provincial Antigonish
 • Type Antigonish County Municipal Council
 • Warden Russell Boucher[1]
 • MLA Randy Delorey (Liberal)[2]
 • MP (Central Nova) Sean Fraser (L)[3]
 • MP (Cape Breton-Canso) Rodger Cuzner (L)[4]
 • Land 1,457.81 km2 (562.86 sq mi)
Population (2011)[5][6]
 • Total 14,998
 • Density 13.4/km2 (35/sq mi)
 • Change 2001-06 Decrease3.8%
 • Census Rankings
 - Census divisions
 Subdivision A
 Subdivision B

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

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish is a municipality in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is also knows as Antigonish County. It is located in northern Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Strait.


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.

In 1879, the County of Antigonish was officially incorporated as a municipality by the province. [7]

Annexation and Amalgamation[edit]

In 2001, the Town of Antigonish applied to annex 1,600 hectares from the surrounding county so it could expand. The Municipality responded that the annexation would hurt its tax base so it instead applied for a total merger, or amalgamation. The issue was sent to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, and in 2005 it was decided that amalgamation of the Town and Municipality would better serve both parties. The board also ordered a plebiscite, promising to consider the results when making a final decision. The results were mixed, with 84% of Municipality residents voting yes to amalgamation and 74% of Town residents voting no. Voter turn-out was 45%. The board ultimately rejected the proposal for amalgamation, citing lack of public support.[8]


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




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:[9]

Protected Areas[edit]

Antigonish Landing Wildlife Area
  • Arisaig Provincial Park
  • Antigonish Landing
  • Bayfield Provincial Park
  • Beaver Mountain Provincial Park
  • Eigg Mountain-James River Wilderness Area
  • Pomquet Beach Provincial Park[10]

Notable residents[edit]

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