A beautiful setting and great partnerships between town and university are working in Antigonish
EVERY September, the small town of Antigonish (population 5,195) doubles in size with the arrival of the students excited to start their new year at St. Francis Xavier University. Renowned for its campus spirit, its strong international reputation, top ratings by students in Maclean’s university rankings, and, of course, the X-ring, StFX easily attracts students and faculty from all over the world...
We constantly hear about out-migration from the East Coast—but others choose to reverse the trend and come to live here. Why? We look at several newcomers to Nova Scotia as examples.
Joe VanHeerden, Carol Rivoire, Kulbir Singh, Thomas Steinhart, John Graham-Pole
All of these individuals are living in small communities. They see opportunities in our natural resources, the land, space, location and people. They have come by choice, and they bring new skills, talents, experiences and ideas and a fresh eye to what we have here.
I sip on a glass of wine on my room’s balcony overlooking the waters of the Georgia Strait, the mountains of Quadra Island reflecting off the surface. Tiny tugs pulling their heavily loaded barges pass by. The lapping of the waves from the wake of the ferry boats and tugs is the only sound except for the cries of the seagulls and fluted sounds from the songbirds. This peace is just minutes away from a thriving town and a multitude of outdoor experiences.
A scenic three-and-a-half hour drive ...
Breathing in the salt air and digging my toes into the sand along with the wind and the sun make for a perfect setting to explore Inverness Beach. The sandy beach stretches for 1.7 KM with views of the coastline up towards the Cabot Trail and back down towards Mabou along the west coast of Cape Breton.
Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore may seem a bit remote, but in reality, it’s just a couple of hours from Halifax, Antigonish or Cape Breton. And it’s worth the drive—the highway along the shore offers spectacular views as it meanders along past bays, coves, inlets, tidal marshes, pristine beaches and rugged coastline. Coastal islands dot the nearby waters, and all of it offers hikers, nature lovers, paddlers, history buffs and photographers much to enjoy.
There is so much to enjoy and memories to make all over the island: hiking, winding roads with spectacular views, small villages, local artists and artisans, history, Celtic music, delicious lobster and seafood chowder, golf, kayaking, fishing, whale watching, beach combing, and heart-stopping beauty of nature.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, offers top class experiences for the traveler – step back into history at the Fortress of Louisbourg, enjoy a round of golf at the renowned Cabot Links, explore the rugged coast on the Cabot Trail, hike along the Celtic Trail, enjoy a meal and Celtic entertainment at the Red Shoe Pub and sail the inland sea at Baddeck.