Events the Antigonish Highland Society hosts and/or supports.

Culloden Ceremony

Join us on April 22nd, 11am at Knoydart in Pictou County for a Culloden Ceremony to remember Scottish history on the 271th anniversary of a bitter battle between the Scots and England.

There will be a dinner to follow along with entertainment at Lismore Community Hall. Donations will be accepted towards the meal.

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Celebrate Tartan Day!

The Antigonish Highland Society is hosting a Tartan Day Ceilidh. Lots of great entertainment!

Wednesday, April 5th from 6-8pm, at Piper’s Pub. 

Best Dressed wins a Saturday Field Pass to the Antigonish Highland Games!

This is a free event, but donations are greatly appreciated!

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Robbie Burns Day!

Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae farewell, alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge
thee, Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage

Sunday, 22th January FROM 2pm-4pm

All are invited to the Antigonish Highland Society’s Robbie Burns Celebration with entertainment and refreshments. There is no charge but donations will be accepted.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all there!

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St. Andrew’s Evening Gala


The Antigonish Highland Society Presents

2017 Annual General Meeting

Please join us for our 2017 Annual General Meeting being held prior to the St. Andrews Night festivities @ St. Ninian Place on Thursday, 30th November, 2017.

AGM from 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm

Mary Grace will treat us to a traditional first course of haggis, complete with an “Ode to the Haggis” Scotch toast, followed by a delicious home-cooked meal of stuffed chicken with all of the trimmings, and salad. Dessert will be served with coffee or tea.

For our entertainment, two of last year’s honorees, Brian MacDonald and his daughter Abby, will take to the stage alongside and step dancers Carly and Courtney Macdonald. Talented vocalist and musician Sheumais MacLeod will also sing a few original and traditional songs throughout the evening. And capping the event off, members of the Antigonish Highland Dance Association will entertain the audience.


$30 Tickets will be available for purchase in advance through the following channels until Sunday, 26th November, 2017:

*Personal cheques accepted

Executive Board
Board of Directors
Executive Director (Call ahead to new office location prior to dropping by)
Antigonish Heritage Museum (Mon. to Frid. 10am-4pm)

 We look forward to announcing our new Executive and Board of Directors in addition to celebrating St. Andrews Night with you all!


Tammy Beaton, Executive Director, Antigonish Highland Society   ||   (902) 338-4275

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The Antigonish Highland Games featured on ARC!


Season 4 episode 9

“For Those About to Rock” – The teams return to Canada and race through Nova Scotia where a detour has some teams up in arms.

Episode Recap:
At the Detour, teams chose to either Feel the Rhythm or Feel the Burn. In Feel the Rhythm, dressed in traditional kilts, teams had to learn technical highland dance steps and perform the routine in unison with a group of young dancers. In Feel the Burn, teams had to complete three highland games heavy lifting events; the caber toss, farmers walk, and the stone throw. Teams Steph and Kristen, Jillian and Emmett, and Frankie and Amy all completed Feel the Burn, while teams Joel and Ashley, and Rita and Yvette chose to Feel the Rhythm.
Steph and Kristen left the Detour only seconds ahead of Jillian and Emmett and raced across the highlands grounds to the Black House Historical Site in search of the Double U-Turn board. Steph and Kristen arrived first and decided to U-Turn Joel and Ashley, while Jillian and Emmett chose to U-Turn Rita and Yvette, forcing both teams to return and complete the other side of the Detour.
For the full Episode recap

To watch the entire episode: Season 4 Episode 9

CTV Photos from the set *We will upload our own photos in the days to come.

Additional “Moments” BMO EFFECT MOMENTS OF THE RACE *Please note that you’ll have to sign in to ‘Video Login’ to view

The Story
So…now that the episode has aired, we here at the Antigonish Highland Society can share with you how this opportunity all came about…

We were approached back in February by a Producer for the show who asked if we might be interested in being a part of an episode highlighting the Highland Games as her research led her to realize that we are the longest running Highland Games in Canada.

After a few meetings and a few more partners coming on board to create the concept for the episode, we recruited not only our very own Heavy Event Games Chair, Matt Doherty to construct all of the apparatus that would be required (chopping down and scraping the bark off of the cabers but also manufacturing the farmers walk weights out of tree stumps having to weigh in a different amounts) but also three seasoned veterans of the Highland Games and one Junior competitor to showcase and demonstrate to the racers.

A huge thank you goes out to Jesse LeBlanc (Margeruite, NS), Greg Hadley (Antigonish, NS), Danny Frame (Middleton, NS) and Bryan MacLean (Moncton, NB) for their time and effort to make us look good to the nation and for representing the Antigonish Highland Games so proudly!



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New Years Levee

The Antigonish Highland Society co-hosted a New Years Levee with the Heritage Association of Antigonish at the Antigonish Heritage Museum.

The event was well attended and included entertainment, refreshments, light snacks and a special toast for the New Year.

A few pictures appear below:




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Robert Burns Evening

The 2015 Robert Burns Night was a huge success with a good crowd in attendance. A evening filled with poetry and music. What a night! Plan to attend our 2016 Robert Burns Night!

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Antigonish Highland Games

From July 5th to the 12th, 2015, the Antigonish Highland Society will be celebrating the 152nd anniversary of the first Games held in Antigonish. The Games are signature tourism event for the province of Nova Scotia and this year will be another momentous occasion celebrating and showcasing Scottish culture.

Please Note: The main weekend for the Highland Games will be July 10, 11 & 12, 2015 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) featuring competitions in Piping, Drumming, Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, Ancient Scottish Heavy Events and Track and Field along with Concerts, Ceilidhs, Clan Gatherings and much more.

The Antigonish Highland Society is extremely proud of our games and we invite one and all to join us this year for our very special 151st anniversary. Visit the Antigonish Highland Games for more information.

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Tartan Day

Canadian Tartan LeafOn April 6, 1987 ,the province of Nova Scotia proclaimed April 6th as Tartan Day.

The Antigonish Highland Society encourages everyone to wear the tartan on this date.

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