How to Get Here

Antigonish County is located in the province of Nova Scotia, in the country of Canada, on North America’s Atlantic Ocean Coast. Nova Scotia is one of the Maritime Provinces, as well as one of the Atlantic Provinces, of Canada.

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For visitors from outside Nova Scotia, here is some information on ‘How to get to Nova Scotia’. Please consult the Nova Scotia Travel Services for additional travel planning information. If you would like to access Local Visitor Information for Antigonish County, please click on the image to the right.

Antigonish County is located on the northeastern shore of mainland Nova Scotia and borders on the Northumberland Strait, St. George’s Bay and the western extension of the Strait of Canso. Major road (Trans Canada Highway) and rail (Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway) corridors run directly through Antigonish County, granting easy access to and from all points in Atlantic Canada, as well as destinations and markets beyond.

The Highland Heart

Antigonish County is centrally located between Moncton New Brunswick, Halifax and Sydney Nova Scotia. It serves as the gateway to Cape Breton Island, via the Canso Causeway and is conveniently located, with easy access to the major port facilities on both the island and mainland sides of the Strait of Canso, the deepest ice-free port in North America, as well as to Goldboro, Guysborough County, where the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline intersects with the subsea natural gas pipeline from the Sable Offshore Energy Project and the site of the proposed Keltic Petrochemicals complex.

A bustling business community

Located in the heart of Antigonish County, the town of Antigonish is the primary professional, business and retail service centre for Northeastern Nova Scotia. The primary business districts are located in the Post Road/James Street area, the Downtown area, the Antigonish Mall and the Beech Hill/South River Road area. The Antigonish County Business/Light Industrial Park is located in Lower South River, on the TCH 104, just east of the intersection of the TCH 104 and Highway 316. Antigonish is home to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital and St. Francis Xavier University, including the Coady International Institute, the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems, the Centre for Applied Petroleum Sciences and the new Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre. Click here to view a Map of Antigonish.

Easy access to a diverse landscape

The communities of Antigonish County are easily accessible from the Trans-Canada Highway 104, which runs between the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border and North Sydney (on Cape Breton Island) in Nova Scotia, via exits 30-39.

You can also travel through Antigonish County via Route 4 between Pictou County (at Marshy Hope – exit 29A) and the Canso Causeway, or, by following the Sunrise Trail, one of Nova Scotia’s Scenic Travelways, along the Northumberland Strait and St. George’s Bay.

If you are following the Marine Drive, along the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, you can travel to Antigonish County, from Guysborough County, via Route 7, Highway 316, Route 16 or Highway 344. Click here to search for Antigonish County Place Names.


Ferry services
Nova Scotia « » Newfoundland – Operates from North Sydney
Nova Scotia « » Prince Edward Island – Operates from Pictou
New Brunswick « » Maine, USA – Operates from Digby and Yarmouth

Halifax International, Sydney and Greater Moncton International Airports are well served by major airlines. Antigonish County is located less than two hours from the Halifax International Airport.

Transcontinental Passenger Train service to and from Nova Scotia is provided by Via Rail, with the closest station being located at Truro, NS.

Passenger bus service in the Maritime Provinces is provided by Acadian Lines.
View Bus Routes and Agents in Antigonish County.
View the Boat Ramp Locations in Antigonish County.