Arisaig, Nova Scotia

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Arisaig, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Arisaig, Nova Scotia
Arisaig in Nova Scotia
The beach at Arisaig

Arisaig is a small village in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Arisaig (/ɛrɪsɛɡ/), (Scottish Gaelic: Àrasaig), is located on the north coast of eastern mainland Nova Scotia, on the Northumberland Strait, and is connected to the town of Antigonish to the southeast and to New Glasgow to the west by Route 245, the "Sunrise Trail".

The community was founded ca. 1785 by Scottish immigrants who named it after their home, Arisaig, on the west coast of Scotland.[1]

There is a government wharf and recently rebuilt lighthouse situated at Arisaig Harbour. The local Roman Catholic church dedicated to St. Margaret of Scotland. The present church was constructed in 1878 and the parish itself was established in 1792. Two cairns are situated in the community - one near the wharf marking the approximate site of the original log cabin church, and a second near the present church commemorating the centennial of its construction.

Arisaig Park, which borders on the Northumberland Strait, features significant fossil deposits.[2]

Nearby communities include Doctors Brook, Malignant Cove, Knoydart, and McArras Brook.



  1. ^ Fergusson, C. Bruce (1967). "Arisaig - Place Names of Nova Scotia". 
  2. ^ "Arisaig Sea Cliffs". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 

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Coordinates: 45°45′36″N 62°09′45″W / 45.76000°N 62.16250°W / 45.76000; -62.16250