Enjoy 5 galleries of art in a delightful farm setting with seasonal old-fashioned perennial flower gardens. In season the scent of roses fill the air. The barn built in 1845 has a high vaulted ceiling and displays changing light and shadow on the art and studio. The original horse stalls are converted to gallery space and Arthur Rivoire’s studio is now a gallery on the upper part of the property. Views of Pomquet harbour and islands, and the country surroundings are visible from this upper area.
Carol Naveta Rivoire original art works and other noted artists are tastefully displayed in galleries inviting you to browse and soak in the environment. Galleries include antiques and hand-crafted items such as rag rugs which were a home staple of the past.
The gallery is situated on the 300 acre Beaver Dam Farm, just 10 minutes from Antigonish. Chat with Carol Rivoire, artist/owner and founder of the Old Barn Gallery & Decor at Beaver Dam Farm. She is a passionate abstract artist and collector.
Carol Rivoire at the Old Barn Gallery, Pomquet
Old Barn Gallery, Pomquet
It is a true experience to visit the Old Barn Gallery and the art is affordable.
During the summer there will be artist workshops. Check the Facebook page for details.
A beautiful 35 minute (53Km) drive from Antigonish will take you to Cape George Lighthouse overlooking St. George’s Bay. Highway 337 winds through rolling agricultural lands and along the coast. Scenic views abound and this drive is sometimes called the “Mini Cape” or the “Mini Cabot Trail” and is part of the Sunrise Trail.
On a sunny day, enjoy views of Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island in the distance. Perhaps you will see an eagle soaring above or below you and sea birds skimming along the ocean below the cliffs.
View from Cape George Lighthouse
Cape George, Antigonish County
Imagine what it was like back in the day as the lighthouse keeper with his family living up here with his wife and children in all seasons.
The original lighthouse was built in 1861. The iconic white and red lighthouse style is similar to what you would see at Peggy’s Cove. The current lighthouse is the 3rd on this spot.
Nearby is a trailhead for Cape George Heritage Trail system.
The Antigonish Farmers Market is an experience not to be missed. It is known as one of the best Farmers Markets in Nova Scotia. Fresh local greens, veggies and fruits in season often picked the same morning from local farmers. You will find hand crafted local cheeses and sausages, preserves, honey, Scottish oatcakes, cookies and cakes, Peace by Chocolate, Steinhart award winning spirits and more. Buy a spicy burrito or Indian lunch to eat in or take out.
The market is a great place to find unique gifts of hand made jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, photographs, wooden toys, leather goods, stained glass sun catchers, dream catchers, silver and metalwork, soaps and lotions.
A visit to the Antigonish Farmers Market (2017)
A variety of entertainers add to the atmosphere. The market is a great place to meet and chat with the locals.
The Antigonish Farmers Market is just a short walk from StFX on James Street.
Arisaig is a small picturesque fishing community on the Northumberland Shore, just a 25 min drive from Antigonish on Hwy 245.
Watch the fishing boats and the gulls. May and June are the lobster fishing season but some boats continue to fish during the summer months.
Crescent beach Arisaig
Fishing boats Arisaig
Arisaig Lighthouse Canteen
Enjoy an ice cream at the Lighthouse Canteen while you explore the colorful rocky cove – or at low tide walk on the sand of the crescent beach and go for a swim. From July 1 to end of August the Dockside Café has a light menu. Learn interesting facts about lobsters in the interpretive centre in the café.
There are other interesting things to do in the area to be explored in another post. Stay tuned.
Where can you enjoy a great breakfast, entertainment and a chance to browse and buy from local vendors on your visit to Halifax? The Halifax Seaport Farmers Market is just the spot.
We visited on a Saturday morning when everything was in full swing. The “Dispossessed” entertained with their Appalachian music and children dancing. There’s a great view of George’s Island and the lighthouse. After enjoying a great cup of coffee and mini quiche with friends on the second floor overlooking the market below we explored the local goodies. The market has artisans and local vendors with arts and crafts, jewelry and locally produced items like soaps and beauty products. I was most interested in the local produce and always look for something new to try out.
Halifax Farmers Market view from 2nd floor
The Dispossessed entertain with Apalachian music
Lions Mane Mushroom, multicolored carrots, celery root
Variety of mushrooms
Maritime Gourmet Mushrooms
My most exotic find was a Lions Mane mushroom from Maritime Gourmet Mushrooms just outside of Halifax. With the variety of shapes and colors of mushrooms it was difficult to choose. The Lions Mane mushroom looks like a fuzzy ball. I got instructions on how to cook it and couldn’t wait to try it out when we got home. I also found local multi-colored carrots, basil and baby spinach and another new veggie for me – celery root.
Here are photos of the veggies including the Lions Mane – and the recipe I cooked up with it and baby spinach. Yummm
Lions Mane Mushroom – pulled to pieces
Browned with garlic
Add to wilted baby spinach
The market is located on the Halifax waterfront, not far from Pier 21 and behind Via Rail. It is open (winter hours) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Market will be reopening on Mondays starting April 30.
Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre’s 2018 season will be sure to delight audiences with comedy, drama and music. Festival Antigonish has been running since 1987 and we always look forward to the summer theatre at the Bauer Theatre on the StFX Campus.
Bauer Theatre, StFX. Photo courtesy Trip Advisor
The 2018 season shows in July and August include Lunenburg, Burnin’ Love, Hope and Gravity, Being Hank & Patsy and Big Sister, Little Brother.
Head to Columbus Field for outdoor recreation for the whole family. The walking / running track is a great place to get your exercise in a pleasant outdoor environment. Enjoy the water park and playground with the kids. Surrounding the field are “Pipers Glen” with shaded areas for walking, or contemplating nature by the river. Play a game of tennis. Relax at the picnic tables and benches.
The park is located at the eastern end of Main Street. It is also the venue for the Antigonish Highland Games and many other events in Antigonish.
Columbus Field – 121 Main Street, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Google Maps
A great place to learn about the history and culture of Antigonish is to visit the Antigonish Heritage Museum. Artifacts and photos of the settling of the town and county will give you a greater appreciation of the original inhabitants, the Mi’kmaq and the many settlers who have come over the years bringing their culture and traditions. Of course we think of the Scots but we have the Irish, French, Dutch and others.
If you are interested in genealogy the helpful and knowledgeable staff will guide you on the local resources. The museum is housed in the old train station which will be of interest to train buffs.
During the summer months the Summer Ceilidh features local musicians and story tellers — a great way to spend the evening enjoying traditional music of the fiddle, piano, pipes, guitar and song.
Pomquet Beach is a great way to enjoy a beach outing just a short drive from Antigonish and a favorite with locals and visitors.
The three kilometers of sand and pebbles stretches along the Northumberland Shore and in summer the waters warm up to reach the same temperature as the air.
This is a great swimming beach with lifeguards posted on a marked stretch of the beach. In the distance on a clear day you can see Cape Breton.
Whether you enjoy swimming or beach walking this beach has lots to explore. Build sand castles, search for shells and colorful stones, and breathe in the bracing sea air. Sometimes the water is calm and flat. Other times you will find a small surf.
Pomquet Beach life guards
Pomquet Beach Interpretive Trail
Beach grasses stabilizing the dunes
Beach stones under water
Boardwalks lead up to the beach and over the dunes giving a lovely view of the waving sea grasses that help to stabilize the sand dunes. Take the boardwalk trail and learn about the different vegetation and history of the area with interpretive signs. You will see blueberries and cranberries, mosses, a tidal estuary, old and new growth forest. The plants here are adapted to the salt environment. Some areas are protected for the piping plover when they are nesting.
Facilities include changing rooms and toilets. Be sure to bring your own water, sunscreen, snacks and anything to enjoy your day at the beach.
Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, is located north east of Antigonish off Highway 104 through the village of Pomquet.
A great place to start your exploration of downtown Antigonish is to drop into The People’s Place – Antigonish Town and County Library on Main Street. This is a hub of community life in Antigonish.
The Bistro Area displays art where you can sit and relax, read the newspaper and enjoy your drink or snack that you bring in with you. Find tourism information and maps on the area, play a board game or chat with friends. If you have small children, enjoy the children’s room with books, toys and games.
Ask the friendly library staff any questions. They are a wealth of information. Public computers are available for you to go online. Check the meeting board for what’s on that day. There are often films, lectures and activities open to the public.
Check the big bulletin board at the entrance for posters on what’s on in and around town.
Sit and chat by the fireplace or read the wide variety of magazines.
The People’s Place is a great place to meet the locals, join in on activities or just sit back and relax and read or study on your own.