Antigonish County Recreation in partnership with the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) manages community use of two local schools. Through this partnership, not for profit groups/organizations, businesses, private groups and/or individuals may request the use of school facilities for their activities and/or events. All evening and weekend usage for these schools are scheduled and coordinated through Antigonish County Recreation.

Saint Andrew Junior School

SAJS is a Junior High school for grades 5-8. It is located at 2 Appleseed drive in Antigonish. The school has a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, cafeteria, library, cooking room, sewing room and about 30 classrooms. The gym is mainly used for sporting events (basketball, volleyball, dance competitions). The cafeteria is good for larger meetings and can be opened up to join with the Multi-purpose room if more space is needed. The Multi-purpose room is used for anything from fitness classes to large meetings to plays (also has access to a stage). The library is great for small meetings and workshops. Classrooms are most often used for small community education classes or small meetings. Many of our community education classes happen at this location.


  • Gymnasium: 800
  • Multi-purpose Room: 185
  • Cafeteria: 385
  • Library: 40
  • Classrooms: 25-30

East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy

EAECA is a P-12 school located in Monastery, Antigonish County. This school is about halfway between Antigonish town and Port Hawkesbury. This school houses a large gymnasium, cafeteria/performing arts room, and many large classrooms. This school is mainly used for sporting events in the gymnasium.

There are numerous other schools in Antigonish County that may be available for community use. The equipment and room availabilities may vary from school to school.

Community Centres

Antigonish also has many community centres throughout the county. Many of the community centres have large open spaces, kitchens, and meeting rooms. Some community centres also have workout centres, gymnasiums and other speciality rooms. These community centres often host their own physical activity opportunities and social events. Many of these community centres are also available for rentals.

Outdoor Facilities

Besides brick and mortar locations, there are many outdoor locations that are popular gathering places with people in Antigonish. Keppoch Mountain is a popular year round location. There are numerous hiking trails, mountain biking trails, a bike pump track, and a lodge. During the winter months, Keppoch is highly used for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There are two provincially lifeguarded beaches in Antigonish County. The beaches are Pomquet provincial beach and Bayfield Provincial beach. These beaches are guarded from the end of June until the end of August. Fairmont Hiking Trail is 12 kilometers of well-marked trails, with 6 loops varying in difficulty, featuring spectacular views of Antigonish Harbour. While hiking you can expect to see old growth forest, brooks and abundant wildlife. This trail is suitable for the whole family.

There are also many baseball fields, soccer fields, and multi-use fields throughout Antigonish. There are both grass and turf fields available for use. The Antigonish Arena houses a NHL size ice surface and is one of the busiest arenas in the province.

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish is home to St. Francis Xavier University. The university has many recreational spaces available. There are 2 ice surfaces, 3 gymnasiums, dance studios, a pool, racquet/squash ball courts, outdoor fields, 2 tracks (indoor/outdoor), fitness centre, and meeting/conference rooms.

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