SURVEY: Active Transportation in Antigonish

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish, the Town of Antigonish, Responsible Energy Action, Antigonish Community Energy, Bicycle Nova Scotia, St. Francis Xavier University and Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal have partnered up to complete a bikeway corridor study considering improvements for walking and cycling on Trunk 4 and a second to-be-determined route linking the highway to the Antigonish Landing.

The purpose of this survey is to better understand how you currently walk, cycle, or roll in Antigonish and how enjoyable and safe your experience is when using these forms of transportation. Please take 3 – 5 minutes to complete the following survey:

Thank You for a Great Summer!

The summer is drawing to a close and this week marks our last week of summer day camps for 2018! We want to thank all of our summer staff for an awesome summer and a special thank you to all the kids who participated in this years camps!

Stay tuned to the Recreation site: for all of our fall programming, after-school programming and our Red Cross Learn to Swim Program (dates will be published mid-late September).

What Recreational and Active Living Opportunities are Important to You?

Join the conversation- Everyone Welcome!
We are facing significant social and environmental challenges and RECREATION has proven to play an integral role in addressing these challenges. Engagement in recreation and physical activity is helping reduce diabetes, anti-social behaviour, social isolation, negative impacts on the environment and obesity. (Shared Strategy, 2015)
We need to continue this engagement in recreation and physical activity which will continue to strengthen the individual well- being and the community well-being!

What recreational and active living opportunities are important to you?
We want to know! Join your Municipal Councillors, Band Councillors and Recreation Staff at one of the sessions below for a “kitchen table” chat about how we can enhance recreation & physical activity opportunities to meet your needs!

For more information click here.

Municipality Adopts Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia

Municipality Adopts Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia

Warden McCarron signs a resolution adopting the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia as the municipalities guiding framework for recreation in Antigonish County. Also on hand was Marlene Melanson, Recreation Director, Rae Gunn, Regional Manager for Nova Scotia Department of Communities Culture and Heritage (Communities, Sport and Recreation Division, and Glenn Horne Municipal Clerk Treasurer

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish has passed a motion and signed a resolution adopting the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia as the Municipality’s Guiding Framework for municipal recreation in Antigonish County.

The Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia was adopted by the province of Nova Scotia in 2015. The strategy aligns with Canada’s national framework “A Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 – Pathways to Wellbeing”. The national framework was endorsed by Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation and supported by the Government of Canada in 2015.

The adoption of the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia will help guide the recreation department in the development of a new Recreation & MPAL (Municipal Physical Activity Leader) Plan.

The five goals outlined in the Strategy will help achieve the vision for advancing recreation:

Goal 1: Active Living: To foster active, healthy living through recreation

Goal 2: Inclusion and Access: To increase inclusion and access to recreation to populations that face constraints to participation.

Goal 3: Connecting People and Nature:  To help people connect to nature through recreation.

Goal 4: Supportive Environments: To ensure the provision of supportive physical and social environments that encourage participation in recreation and build strong, caring communities.

Goal 5: Recreation Capacity: To Ensure the continued growth and sustainability of the recreation field.

For more information relating to the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia please visit: or contact our Recreation Department.



Marlene Melanson, Recreation Director

Municipality of the County of Antigonish


Video – Recreation in Antigonish County

Recreation means so much in Antigonish County; its about healthy living, physical activity and contributing to a healthy vibrant place to live. Accessibility and making programs and healthy living options for all is paramount to the municipal recreation team.

Recreation in Antigonish County from Tammy Feltmate on Vimeo.

For more information on Recreation in Antigonish County contact the Recreation Department at


The Municipality of the County of Antigonish is a place where people value Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation. Antigonish County residents have a strong culture of being physically active on a daily basis and recognize the health benefits of doing so. In additions, residents recognize the many health benefits derived from participating in recreation and sport. The recreation department is a facilitator; creating opportunities and resources for the community to pursue physical activity, sport and recreation endeavours.

Antigonish County Recreation’s mandate is to enhance the quality of life for the people of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish by working together to:
– Provide, facilitate and create opportunities for a variety of recreation, leisure and sport activities.
– Increase physical activity levels in the Municipality of the County of Antigonish.
– Create new and supporting existing social and physical environments that encourage and allow both residents and visitors to be physically active.

Recreation Department

Marlene Melanson – Recreation Director
Denise Fougere – Administrative Assistant
Meaghan MacNeil, Physical Activity Coordinator
Alexis VandenHoogen – Aquatics Supervisor

Phone: (902) 863-1141