Antigonish County is a county in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located in northern Nova Scotia on the Northumberland Strait. Take a look below for 19 fascinating and amazing facts about Antigonish.
1. The Town of Antigonish and Municipality of the County of Antigonish are the two largest incorporated municipalities in the county.
2. The County of Sydney was created in 1784.
3. Its boundaries were established by Governor and Council on December 16, 1785.
4. When St. Mary’s Township was established in 1818 it was partly in Sydney County and partly in Halifax County.
5. In 1822, that part of St. Mary’s Township which had been in Halifax County was annexed to the County of Sydney.
6. In 1836, Sydney County was diminished in size when Guysborough County was established out of what had been part of it.
7. In 1863, the name of the County of Sydney was changed to Antigonish County.
8. The word Antigonish is of Mi’kmaq origin, possibly derived from Nalegitkoonecht meaning “where branches are torn off”.
9. It is said that there were bears in the area that broke down branches to get beech nuts.
10. In 2001, the Town of Antigonish applied to annex 1,600 hectares from the surrounding county so it could expand.
11. The Municipality responded that the annexation would hurt its tax base so it instead applied for a total merger, or amalgamation.
12. The issue was sent to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, and in 2005 it was decided that amalgamation of the Town and Municipality would better serve both parties.
13. The board also ordered a plebiscite, promising to consider the results when making a final decision.
14. The results were mixed, with 84% of Municipality residents voting yes to amalgamation and 74% of Town residents voting no. Voter turn-out was 45%.
15. The board ultimately rejected the proposal for amalgamation, citing lack of public support.
16. As a census division in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Antigonish County recorded a population of 19,301 living in 8,129 of its 9,842 total private dwellings, a change of -1.5% from its 2011 population of 19,589.
17. With a land area of 1,457.99 km2 (562.93 sq mi), it had a population density of 13.2/km2 (34.3/sq mi) in 2016.
18. Forming the majority of the Antigonish County census division, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish recorded a population of 14,584 living in 6,001 of its 7,112 total private dwellings in the 2016 Census of Population, a change of -0.7% from its 2011 population of 14,692.
19. With a land area of 1,450.27 km2 (559.95 sq mi), it had a population density of 10.1/km2 (26.0/sq mi) in 2016.