Welcome to our Community!

31 08 2018

 News from the wharf…..

A.C.D.A.  The Arisaig Community  Development Association  represents the villages of Knoydart, McArra’s Brook, Arisaig, Doctor’s Brook, Malignant Cove and West Maryvale along the North Shore on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  They are linked through the wharf at Arisaig Point and the Community Hall across the Sunrise Trail (Hwy 245) from Arisaig’s St Margaret’s Church.

The recently completed Lobster Interpretation Centre and Dockside Cafe (2013) as well as the Arisaig Provincial Day Park unite the communities through various activities






Lighthouse Canteen

Will open for the summer on Canada Day thru end of August

  • Open every day  12:00 to 9:00
  • Ice Cream, drinks, cards & brochures
  • The lighthouse –  rebuilt in 2007 by the community
  • resembles the original lighthouse at The Point
  • fantastic sunsets  –  still available
  • cash only

Dockside Cafe 

  • Open July 1  til end of August, every day  11:00 to 7:00 pm.
  • lunches, fish cakes,  the chowder, the lobster rolls
  • a nice break from the beach
  • charge cards accepted at Cafe only
  • SUNDAY BRUNCHES:  10:00 to 12:00  Community members serve local fare.

 Lobster Interpretive Centre

  • in the cafe  building (same hours)
  • interesting lobster display & film
  • community memorabilia

Lighthouse Concert

  • Sunday, July 28 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets $10.00 – kids under 12 free with parents
  • at The Lighthouse  (Rain venue: ArisaigHall)


  • Karen Beaton & Leona Williams (Fiddle & Piano)
  • Kyle Gillis  (Vocals)
  • Sean Fraser  (Bagpipes)
  • Father Colin MacKinnon  (Fiddle)
  • Ron Kent  (Vocals)
  • and more

Bring deck chairs if you wish

In support of Arisaig Community Development Association….supporting our youth through development programs


  • Friday, August 2   9:00 to 12:00 p.m.
  • at Arisaig Hall

CEMETERY  MASS   at St. Margaret of Scotland

  • Thursday, August 8  AT  6:00 PM


  • At   St.  Margaret of Scotland Church
  • Sunday, August 18  2:00 pm

The Lobster Fishery & Marina

  • With 23 boats and their lobster fishermen actively hauling  in May and June each year. 
  •  Some boats continue to fish for other catch during the summer.  
  • Bluefin tuna charters available  –  check the Business page.

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  • 45.761 N  x  62.171  W      We are on Atlantic Daylight Time.
  • After fishing season, boat slips are available through the summer (July -August)
  • The great beach and Dockside Cafe are close at hand
  • open daily in summer
  • Contact:  Arisaig Harbour Authority President: Melvin MacGillivray  902-863-0461  or  Captain Blaise MacDonald  902-863-4503
  • Launching and Dockage fees at usual rates.  You may register  in the Lighthouse Canteen  & arrange fuel purchases.  (12pm  to  9pm). At this time we can only accept cash payment


2019: The Park opens on May 17, earlier than previous years.

The park crew have been working to repair several trails over the winter months.

The reforestation project continues.  More fallen trees have been cut up and left to decompose.

Many of the pine trees planted by the Friends of the Park in past years are doing well.

The birches not so much.

The Park administration  has had several changes of personnel so things are moving a bit more slowly as the new people assess the progress of the project.  The goal is still to rebuild an Acadian  Forest as it would have been before humans arrived in the area.

Rules of the Park:

Get cars out by sundown. (Park Gate is locked shut each night.)

No overnighting in the park.  Including camper/trailers.

Remove all trash you may have brought.

When gate is closed, park outside the gate & walk in.

 Park Replanting  …  the long-term project

  • Continues in 2019 with more young trees being planted throughout the season.
  • White pines and yellow birches planted earlier in large numbers among the downed trees in the areas that have been felled in response to the devastation  of the spruce stand which has hit the park. These saplings should overtake the landscape as the cut trees go back to nature.
  • The wide swaths of felled trees are planned fire-breaks. Many of them are showing new signs of life while others have yet to flourish.

The eventual goal is to recreate an Acadian Forest environment, with only trees that grew naturally in Nova Scotia before mankind arrived.

Check out the interesting article highlighting Arisaig and area in Out and About in NS.  The article was written by Denise Davis ………     click  on:  Visit Arisaig


Arisaig, Nova Scotia, Canada

Arisaig, Nova Scotia, Canada



  • A great success in 2018  …  Sales happens every 2 years
  • At the Arisaig Community Hall Parking Lot
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018  from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Outside Tables free space for guest sellers – no fee
    • bring a table or sell from your trunk/truck
  • Community Tables
    • wanted Plants, Jewellery ,  Books, Gardening odds and ends, Toys, etc.
    • other “Yard Sale” items
    • drop at hall on Saturday  9 am to  3 pm




  • Arisaig Community Hall  (Hiway 245)
  • on Sunday, Nov. 4, 11:00am to 3:00pm.
  • Over 25 vendors, great variety of goods.  Baking, crafts, preserves, hooked articles ,paintings, jewellery, etc.
  • Canteen- baked beans and gingerbread with lemon sauce.
  • The Silent Auction features many items donated by local merchants. Held during the sale, final results are announced at the end
  • The Parish Community Table always has a great variety of home made baking, pickles, jams and interesting items,
  • Several 50-50 ticket draws are held through the day.
  • Ticket draws for lobster & turkey
  • A children’s Fishing Pond to entertain young children.

Santa Clause arrives   around 12:30,

  • To reserve a 6 foot table for $10.00 call Mary at 902-863-1101
  •  or email   M.Maclellan@AntigonishCounty.ns.ca.   

Proceeds from the sale support the Community Hall.


Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018   at   Arisaig Community Hall

Come one …  come all.

Great Band  SPARROW  will entertain

A fun event.


in St. Margaret of Scotland Church

2pm, Sunday, Dec. 16th  2018


  • Pictou County Brass & Reed Band   (Director –  David Prince)
  • Antigonish Choral Ensemble  (Director –  Ryan Billington)
  • Dwayne Coté  (fiddle)
  • Jason MacDonald  (Guitar)
  • Nadine MacInnie  (Vocalist)
  • Emery Van de Wiel  (Flute)
  • Fr. Colin MacKinnon  (Fiddle) & Eileen MacKinnon  (Piano)

Tickets $20 available at Antigonish 5c to 1$ & Hawthorne Convenience

Come early:  Sweets, tea & coffee served 1:00 to 1:50

All proceeds to St. Margaret of Scotland Church



was a great success this year  –  2nd most visited Lobster Dinner here.

  • Community Hall, Arisaig, Sunday,  May
  • For deliveries call Dolorosa Kelly  902 863 5304.
  • Proceeds go to maintenance of the local facilities.