Antigonish: A History in Pictures

Peggy Thompson
ISBN: 978-1-77276-177-1

With more than 130 photographs, many of them seen here for the first time, Antigonish: A History in Pictures offers a stunning portrait of this one-of-a kind place.

Antigonish: A History in Pictures not only captures the beautiful landscape of this place, but also the lives lived, both humble and grand. We see St. Francis Xavier University in its early days, track and field events at Columbus Field and men leaving and coming home from one of the two great wars.

There is the excitement of the Fall Fair, a bustling Main Street, outdoor skating, and beach parties in places like Cribbons, Arisaig or Pomquet Beach. Come with us on a photographic journey through one of the most unique places in Nova Scotia.


In this volume of photographs, Peggy Thompson has thoughtfully assembled an important visual record of Antigonish’s past. The images of work and play, home and school life, buildings and people will inform and delight readers. This book will awaken local memories of time and place, and deepen an appreciation of the town and county’s remarkable history.

— Laurie Stanley-Blackwell, Senior Research Professor, Department of History, St. Francis Xavier University




It’s a keeper. This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the peoples and communities of the town and county of Antigonish. It is both accessible and inclusive and will take a rightful place in the libraries of those with an interest in the history and heritage of eastern Nova Scotia.

— Barry MacKenzie, Curator, Antigonish Heritage Museum