Antigonish County is located on the northeastern shore of mainland Nova Scotia and borders on the Northumberland Strait, St. George's Bay and the western extension of the Strait of Canso. Major road and rail corridors run directly through Antigonish County, granting easy access to and from all points in Atlantic Canada, as well as the markets beyond. Major port facilities are available nearby, at the Strait of Canso, the deepest ice-free port in North America. Antigonish County serves as the gateway to Cape Breton Island and is located halfway between Halifax and Sydney and is less than two hours from the Halifax International Airport. Located in the heart of the county, the town of Antigonish is the primary business, retail and service centre for Northeastern Nova Scotia. Antigonish is home to St. Martha's Regional Hospital and Saint Francis Xavier University, including the Coady International Institute, the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems and the new Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre. The communities of Antigonish County are accessible from the Trans-Canada Highway 104, which runs between the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border and North Sydney in Nova Scotia, via exits 30-39. You can also travel through Antigonish County via Route 4 between Pictou County and the Canso Causeway or by following the Sunrise Trail, one of Nova Scotia's Scenic Travelways, along the Northumberland Strait and St. George's Bay. If you are following the Marine Drive, along the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, you can reach Antigonish County via Route 7, Highway 316 or Route 16.
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