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


Plans are afoot for the summer at the Lighthouse & the Cafe.

There are openings for staff for the Lighthouse & the Cafe.  Call Mary MacLellan.




Lighthouse Canteen

Will open for the summer on Canada Day thru Labour Day

  • Open every day  12:00 to 8:00
  • 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, pastries, the chowder, the lobster rolls
  • a nice break from the beach
  • charge cards accepted at Cafe only
  • SUNDAY BRUNCHES:  10:00 to 12:30  Community members serve local fare.

 Lobster Interpretive Centre

  • in the cafe  building (same hours)
  • interesting lobster display & film
  • community memorabilia
  • touch tanks & sand treasures for the kids in the planning


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


Arisaig Country Jubilee  **  New Event **

Arisaig Hall     Sun. June 3 2018   2:30  p.m. Come and enjoy the music of some of your favorite Country Artists – Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and others. Featured performers – a group from Canso – Jim Richard, Gertie Grant, Eldon Munroe and Neil DeCoff with Roger Grant on Bass.

Admission $10.00  /  50/50 draw  / Procedes go to Community Hall activities.


  • A great success this year…
  • 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
  • More info:
    • Mary MacGinnis  –  902-863-1509
    • Mary MacLellan  –  902-863-1101
  • Proceeds from sale go to the Arisaig Community Development Assoc.


Come early and enjoy the Dockside Cafe open until 7 pm July 1 to Aug 31

Proceeds from concert to benefit the Arisaig Community  Development Assoc.

Lighthouse Concert

  • Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets $10.00 – kids free with parents


  • Laura  Teasdale   & Ralph Steiner  vocals
  • Shane Arsenault   vocals
  • Aidan Fillmore  bagpipes
  • Keira MacDuff  Bodhran (drum) & vocals
  • Derek  LeBlanc   vocals
  • The MacGillivray Family:  Laurell, Karla, Collette & Shane – vocals
  • Wallace & Stephanie Kinnon   Violin & Piano
  • Sean Fraser  bagpipes
  • Shona MacDonald  step dancer

Bring Lawn Chairs  /  A different set-up for the concert stage.



St Margaret of Scotland Church   ARISAIG

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm


M.C. Jack Langlois, Stellarton Town Crier

Special Musical Guests:

  • Organist: Sandra Johnson
  • Fiddlers: Pictou County Fiddlers
  • Vocalists: Neil MacDougall & David Anderson
  • Step Dancer: Jay MacDonald
  • Scottish Small Pipes: Scott Williams & Madelyn Evans-Langlois
  • Trumpet: Luke Henderson
  • Highland Piper: Clare Henderson
  • The Grant School of Dancers
  • Chanter & Violin: Cindy Urquhart  & Rowan Larson-Urquhart

Tickets: $10 Adults  $5 Children under 12  At The Door

All proceeds to St. Margaret of Scotland Church




  • 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.




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