Beaches
  • Pomquet Park Beach*, Route 104, Taylor’s Road Exit
  • Bayfield Provincial Park Beach*, Route 104, Exit 36
  • Dunn’s Beach, South Side Harbour Road, 10 km
  • Cape Jack Beach, Route 104, Exit 37
  • Mahoney’s Beach, Route 337, 12 km
  • Crystal Cliffs Beach, Route 337, 16 km
  • Cribbon’s Beach, Route 337, 19 km
  • Ballantyne’s Cove, Route 337, 29 km
  • Livingstone’s Cove, Route 337, 32 km
  • Malignant Cove, Route 245, 19 km
  • Arisaig Beach, Route 245, 24 km

(supervised June 29 – Aug. 25, 10am – 6pm)


Parks & Trails
  • Fairmont Ridge Hiking Trail, Route 337, 9 km
    12 km of well marked trails, 6 loops varying in difficulty, featuring spectacular views of Antigonish Harbour. See old growth forest, brooks and abundant wildlife. Suitable for the whole family.
  • Cape George Hiking Trail, Route 337
    Series of loops, varying in length and difficulty (total 33 km). See coastline, meaqdows, old growth forest and cliffs. Three serviced trail heads: Mini-trail Community Centre, Lighthouse and Tuna Interpretive Centre
  • Antigonish Landing Wildlife Management Area, Adam St., Route 337
    Go birdwatching or just stroll in a quiet atmosphere free of vehicular traffic within walking distance of town. See wild fowl, fish and marine plants and even the occasional eagle!
  • Beaver Mountain Provincial Park, Route 104, Exit 30
    An ideal setting for cycling, hiking, walking, cross country skiing, picnicking, etc. Includes a 1.6 km paved loop through gorgeous woods, plus two “easy to moderate” trails of 3 and 6 km.

  • Pomquet Acadian Trails, Route 104, Taylor’s Road Exit
    5 km coastal and inland trail in Monk’s Head providing a magnificent view of St’ George’s Bay, Cape George and Monk’s Head cliffs.
  • Arisaig Provincial Park, Route 245
    1.6 km loop trails, famous for geological interest and fossils. Interpretive kiosk and picnic tables.
  • Mahoney’s Beach Trail, Route 337
    Gentle walk along St. George’s Bay. A popular area for bird watchers and rock collectors.
  • Linwood Heritage Nature Trail & Picnic Area, Route 104, Exit 37
    Oceanside park with small craft access, 1.5 km trails through woods and historical sites.

Recreation
  • Antigonish Golf and Country Club
    A par 72, 6109 yard course with a 125 and 118 slope rating, respectively. The club welcomes green fee players.
  • Antigonish Arena
    Home to the Antigonish Junior ‘A’ Bull Dogs and well as other events such as Burmac.
  • Dooly’s Billiard Hall
    If you’re in the mood to shoot some pool, go to Dooly’s new location in Antigonish right across from Piper’s Pub.
  • Goodlife Fitness
    Looking for a place to workout? Go to Goodlife Fitness’s co-ed Antigonish location.

  • Antigonish Highland Games
    The Antigonish Highland Games are the oldest continuous highland games outside of Scotland. First held in 1863, this early July tradition welcomes visitors and participants from around the globe.
  • Pin’s Bowling
    A licensed bowling alley just up the road from the Claymore Inn.
  • Snow Queen Leisure World
    Snow Queen Leisure World is the largest family entertainment park in the area and is the perfect place to hold your next birthday party or group event. The park includes bumper boats and cars, miniputt golf, batting cages, and go-karts.
  • Old Station Stables
    Located in Frankville, offers horseback riding lessons, trail rides throughout the summer and also offers horse boarding and training services.

Shopping

Antigonish offers a variety of shopping areas close to The Claymore Inn. The Antigonish Mall is right next door and has a Canadian Tire (hardware and automotive goods), a Mark’s Work Wearhouse, a jewelry store, several ladies wear shops, a bookstore, two bargain stores and several other shops and services.

Also immediately adjacent to The Claymore Inn, is a Cleve’s Sporting Goods store, the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and Sobey’s grocery store. Everything you need for a day at the beach, hiking or golfing, all conveniently within a stone’s throw of the hotel!

There is plenty of shopping and services available on Main Street, just a short walk down Church Street. There are drug stores, barbers, optometrists, dentists, boutiques and souvenir shops, just to name a few. There is even a yoga studio and a tattoo parlor!

At the 4-H barn, behind the Antigonish Arena on James Street, the Farmers Market runs every Saturday from May 5th through December 22nd from 8 am to 1 pm (9 am in Nov. and Dec.). A wide variety of beautiful local food products are available as well as clothing, arts, crafts and other handmade products.


Shopping

Entertainment
  • Empire Theatre
    The Empire Theatre on Main Street runs the latest feature films on recently upgraded digital equipment and offers reserved seating and other goodies for children’s birthday parties!

  • Riverside Speedway
    Just 10 minutes from the hotel – the BIGGEST, BADDEST, LOUDEST, FASTEST Racin’ you’ll ever witness on a 1/3 mile oval.

Culture
  • Antigonish Heritage Museum
    Antigonish Heritage museum is a community museum that strives to preserve and promote a cultural understanding of the heritage of Antigonish Town and County. Housed in the former CN Rail Station building, it is located at 20 East Main Street.

  • Antigonish Town & County Library
    The “People’s Place” library is one of the gems of the Antigonish Main Street. It hosts a wide variety of activities for adults and children and the staff are always more than happy to help. It is open from Monday to Saturday (except holidays). Internet access and printing is available.