Antigonish Highland Society

Join us for the 158th Highland Games!

July 2-9

Recent Updates

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...

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...

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...

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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

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.

During the Antigonish Highland Games, dancers of all levels have the chance to compete on the Main Stage. Pre-Premier competitions on Saturday morning include Novice and Intermediate dancers, with Primary and Beginner dancers on Sunday morning. Winners and runner-up dancers will receive awards in various age categories throughout the weekend.The highest level Premier dancers have the opportunity to compete in the New Scotland Open Championship on Saturday and the Highland Heart Open Premiership on Sunday. Register here: ... See MoreSee Less
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We would like to thank another pair of our wonderful sponsors, Trendy's Clothing and Trendy's Shoes! They have been a faithful sponsor of the AHG, and their support has been crucial to the continued success of the Games each year. THANK YOU @trendysclothingltd Trendys Clothing LTD. Trendy's Shoes !!!Open for 27 years , Trendy’s has been the store of choice for fashionable people in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Carrying a wide range of modern label clothing and home decor, Trendy’s is your source for the latest in style and sophistication. Trendy’s Clothing is located on St. Andrew’s Street in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. If you’re familiar with the layout of town, you can find us by travelling along main street in the direction of the hospital. When you reach the intersection at the bridge by Tim Hortons, turn right down St. Andrews Street and drive for three minutes (it turns into South River Road). You’ll find us on the left with ample parking to the left of our building and in front. ... See MoreSee Less
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