Antigonish Highland Society

Join us for the 158th Highland Games!

July 2-9

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Gaelic Awareness Month Events

May is Gaelic Awareness Month in Nova Scotia (Mios nan Gaidheal) which is a time to celebrate and create awareness of the history, language and culture. The Antigonish Highland Society is a community organization that serves past and future generations of Gaidheals....

Our Story: Presented by AHS & The Ships of 1801 society

Our Story explores the forces that created the immigrant Gael, and how these determined Highlanders established themselves in northeastern Nova Scotia. Language, the culture and the music that nurtured and sustained them as well as the religious, political and...

Happy Tartan Day from the Antigonish Highland Society

Fun Fact: Tartan Day originated in Nova Scotia, Canada, with a proposal from the Federation of Scottish Clans. As a result of a push by the Clans & Scottish Societies of Canada, the Ontario Legislature passed a resolution proclaiming April 6th as Tartan Day. To...

Hall of Famer: Jeannie Cameron

The late Dr. Jeannie Cameron was inducted for her almost 40 years as a stellar track-and-field athlete. Known for her "physical prowess" in any sport she tried, the Antigonish native was selected athlete of the Games in 1975, where she won five gold and two silver...

Hall of Famer: fr. Doug MacDonald

Father Doug MacDonald was a multi-time and defending Canadian champion. His first participation in the Games came as a dancer but he then realized his love of heavy events. Over a stellar 11-year career, he won several titles, including five world championships in the...

Hall of Famer: Wayne Thompson

While growing up in Cloverville, Antigonish County, he learned a lot from his father Terry - a long-time caber toss participant - and other family members who competed at the Games. Thompson was inducted for his 20 years, from 1966 to 1986 of "versatile participation"...

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The Antigonish Highland Society was founded in 1861, about 75 years after the Gaels first began arriving on nearby shores.  At its first meeting, the new Society elected Dr. Alexander MacDonald as its president and approved the Society’s objectives of perpetuating the language, music and traditions of the Highland Scot and assisting their fellow Gaels in times of need. The Society celebrated St. Andrew’s Day that year and two years later held its first Highland Games on Apple Tree Island in the east end of town. Since then, the Society has sponsored more than 150 Highland Games while supporting the Gaelic language, piping and drumming, Highland dancing, fiddle music and step-dancing, athletics and the Ancient Scottish Heavy Events. It has kept alive or created numerous traditions and events that help to define the character of Antigonish town and county.


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Antigonish Highland Games: Bike Race

Bike Race

Antigonish Highland Games: Scottish Heavy Events

Scottish Heavy Events

Antigonish Highland Games: Farmer's Walk

Farmer’s Walk

Antigonish Highland Games: Highland Dance

Highland Dance

July 2-9

Antigonish Highland Games: Elite Mile

Elite Mile

Antigonish Highland Games: 5 Mile Road Race

5 Mile Road Race

Piping, Drumming and Pipe Bands

Piping & Drumming

Dive Into Adventure!

The Antigonish Highland Society is proud to bring you a world of events that bring the rich history of the longest running Highland Games in North America.

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We featured all of our sponsors individually before and after the Games but we want to give all of our sponsors and partners, one last thank you! Without our many sponsors and partners, we would not be able to host the Antigonish Highland Games year to year. We want to thank the many businesses who helped us, most local. We appreciate the support! If you are in the Antigonish area, make sure to support these lovely spots! AA Munro Insurance StFX University Canadian Heritage Nova Scotia Government Antigonish Highland Society Town of Antigonish Municipality of the County of Antigonish 989 XFM MacLeod Group Health Services Ltd.Pizza Delight Sea Can Guys RJ MacIsaac Construction Labatt Blue Antigonish Sobeys East Coast Credit Union The Maples Supportive Living Dexter Nova Alliance Keltic Ford Century Nissan R. MacLean Forestry Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC Coldstream Clear Distillery Antigonish Parkland Retirement Living & Lifestyle ResidencesSteelMac High-Crest Enterprises Antigonish Farmers' Mutual Insurance Alva ConstructionCanadian Tire Antigonish 5¢ to $1Henry's Napa AutoproMacGillivray FuelsIA Private WealthTrendys Clothing LTD. Trendy's Shoes Riverside International Speedway Walmart Canada Brownstone RestaurantCameron's Jewellery Ltd.Justamere CafeClaymore InnBreton Petroleum Ltd Antigonish 5¢ to $1 The Tall and Small Cafe Riverside International Speedway Antigonish SubwayCanadian Tire ... See MoreSee Less
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We have some final in-kind sponsors we would like to thank! A big thank you to Antigonish 5¢ to $1, Riverside International Speedway, Subway Antigonish and The Tall and Small Cafe! The Tall and Small Cafe offers daily soup specials, fresh baking, fairly traded coffee, an array of teas, local art exhibits, and catering.Proud to serve our community, fresh, and healthy food. We opened our doors in 2005 with the belief that our community needs to have a unique space where everyone is welcome and treated well. We also believe that food can be both delicious and healthy. As a community space, we often host community events and have a rotating monthly art display featuring local artists.Antigonish 5 to $1 Store is nestled in the heart of downtown, the Antigonish 5¢ to $1 store offers a unique selection of general merchandise and quality name brand products in a fun, friendly setting. The locals know the store has something for everyone and many shoppers say it is the most unique store they have ever visited. We are a thoroughly modern operation but with the old five and dime charm; come walk through our aisles. We are sure you will not leave empty handed. Riverside Speedway is 1/3 mile high-banked speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Riverside is home of the IWK 250 and hosts various races throughout the summer.Your local Antigonish Subway® Restaurant, located at 46 James St brings new bold flavors along with old favorites to satisfied guests every day. We deliver these mouth-watering flavors with our famous Footlongs, 6” sandwiches, wraps and salads. And we offer a variety of ways to order—quick and easy in the app or online, convenient delivery, come into your neighborhood shop for an in-restaurant meal, or pick up curbside. We’re proud to offer a change from same old fast food with fresh cut veggies and toppings with protein choices, fresh-baked bread and let’s not forget cookies! And we’re happy to help you with any catering needs as well. ... See MoreSee Less
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