Antigonish Highland Society

Join us for the 159th Highland Games!

July 7-14

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for the AHG 50/50 Rafflebox!!!

 Recent news

cathedral tours

Ernst Schugraf is offering tours of St. Ninian Cathedral on July 12th and 13th at 2:00pm. If you have ever wanted to explore the Cathedral this is your chance!

AHS now on rafflebox

Great news! The AHS has started a Rafflebox 50/50 that will be announced at 12 noon on Sunday, July 14th right on Columbus field! If you'd like to support the many incredible events the AHS hosts throughout the year, get your tickets today! Even if you don't win, you...

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Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Antigonish Highland Games

Cultural Events

Community Programs

Community Programs

Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Antigonish Highland Society

The Antigonish Highland Society was founded in 1861, about 75 years after the Gaels first began arriving on nearby shores.  At its first meeting, the new Society elected Dr. Alexander MacDonald as its president and approved the Society’s objectives of perpetuating the language, music and traditions of the Highland Scot and assisting their fellow Gaels in times of need. The Society celebrated St. Andrew’s Day that year and two years later held its first Highland Games on Apple Tree Island in the east end of town. Since then, the Society has sponsored more than 150 Highland Games while supporting the Gaelic language, piping and drumming, Highland dancing, fiddle music and step-dancing, athletics and the Ancient Scottish Heavy Events. It has kept alive or created numerous traditions and events that help to define the character of Antigonish town and county.


Antigonish Highland Games
Antigonish Highland Games: Bike Race

Bike Race

Antigonish Highland Games: Scottish Heavy Events

Scottish Heavy Events

Antigonish Highland Games: Farmer's Walk

Farmer’s Walk

Antigonish Highland Games: Highland Dance

Highland Dance

July 7-14th,

Antigonish Highland Games: Elite Mile

Elite Mile

Antigonish Highland Games: 5 Mile Road Race

5 Mile Road Race

Piping, Drumming and Pipe Bands

Piping & Drumming

Antigonish Highland Games: Tug of War


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The Antigonish Highland Society is proud to bring you a world of events that bring the rich history of the longest running Highland Games in North America.

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