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Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Why it’s awesome:
A sweet little town in north-eastern Nova Scotia, Antigonish has a rich Gaelic history and totally unpretentious vibe. It’s quintessentially Nova Scotian, complete with old churches, sunny hikes and friendly Maritimers.
What to do:
Antigonish is famed for its annual celebration of Scottish culture, the Antigonish Highland Games, which started in 1863. Stay in a nearby B&B and wander over to the events, where you’ll see competitions in bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing and bike races. Every second Saturday, catch a Ceilidh — a traditional Gaelic gathering with folk music and dancing — put on by the Antigonish Ceilidh Association.
When to visit:
The 2016 Highland Games run for a week, from July 3 to 10, though the festivities will reach their peak over the weekend of July 8 to 10.