Antigonish Highland Society

Join us for the 159th Highland Games!

July 7-14

Recent Updates

The Travel Mug Podcast Featuring the Antigonish Highland Games

Join Jenn & Meggan as they chat with Dan from the Antigonish Highland Society (founded in 1861) as he fills us in on the Antigonish Highland Games which take place each year in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. This year July 2-9, 2023 you can visit and stay in Antigonish...

New Dates for The Keppoch Election

New Dates for the Keppoch Election The Ships of 1801 is pleased to present their latest production, The Keppoch Election. A spirited and talented cast of 34, ranging in age from 6 to 84, will bring you songs, music, dance and laugh out loud comedy with a generous...

A Successful 157th Antigonish Highland Games

We want to thank everyone who came out to the 157th Antigonish Highland Games. We had a successful weekend with large crowds, great entertainment and beautiful weather! We want to thank our many sponsors who played an important role in helping us have the Games, our...

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....

Tartan Day Recap Video

The Antigonish Highland Society hosted a Tartan Day Ceilidh at Candid Brewing Company last week to celebrate Tartan Day which is April 6th of each year! This videos captures clips of the performances and features many talented, local musicians, singers, storytellers...

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...

Antigonish Highland Society Membership


Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Antigonish Highland Games

Cultural Events

Community Programs

Community Programs

Youth Programs

Youth Programs

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.


Antigonish Highland Games
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

Antigonish Highland Games: Tug of War


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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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