Antigonish is a small of town of about 5,000 people. The Town of Antigonish was incorporated in 1889. Established as the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia, Antigonish is the home of the oldest continuously run Highland Games in North America. Established in 1853, St. Francis Xavier University (St. F.X) moved its campus to Antigonish Town in 1855.
I had moved to Antigonish in September 1980 from Sydney, NS, to go to St.F.X. I met my first husband (he was a "townie") and stayed after I graduated.
My dog, Smidley, and I flew to Toronto, almost 1,800 kms away. My then-husband had come up three months earlier to find a job and an apartment.
At that time, a lot of our friends were moving to Toronto because they couldn't find work in Antigonish. But they hated the city ... it was too big (our current population is just over 4.5 million). They would work long enough to be able to collect Employment Insurance (aka "pogy") and then move home again.