Saint Francis Xavier University - Antigonish, Nova Scotia
St. Francis Xavier University

St. Francis Xavier University

Event Types Welcomed

  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


In 2018, StFX Conferences & Special Events have hosted their largest event ever with more than 1,500 athletes and : the 2018 Special Olympics Summer Games Canada. Every year, they have the privilege to welcome associations and corporate groups for large conventions. Looking for a venue for your upcoming conference or meeting? The Charles V. Keating Centre, the McKenna Centre and Crystal Cliffs are available for you. Bring your group or refer your attendees to stay at the StFX Summer University Hotel to save up to 100% on venue rental! The special discounts are available for early May to mid-August.

While the Keating Main Hall of the Charles V. Keating Centre (750 people) and the summer hotel (500 rooms) are only available from May to August, meeting space for up to 300 people is available all year round with accommodations available in hotels and bnbs in close proximity to the conference centre. The welcomes up to 750 guests, while the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership is an intimate setting ideal for luncheons and small gatherings. Boardrooms and smaller conference rooms are available in the Keating Centre, starting at only $90! With 40 meeting rooms, hotel accommodations and catering services on site, we have everything you need to host your next event here!

StFX also offers an inclusive sporting venue package featuring an artificial turf with an eight-lane 400m rubberized track where events can be held at night under the lights. The Oland Stadium was designed with field lines for football, rugby, soccer and lacrosse. In addition, StFX offers two NHL size hockey arenas, a newly renovated basketball court / seating and a 6-lane/25m pool. Rebates are available for event planners on all hotel rooms booked for teams.

Located where nature and culture meet, the StFX Conference Team supports sustainable development and the protection of Nova Scotian eco-systems. Their green program helped reduce their energy consumption by 27%. More than 18,000 lightbulbs have been replaced with LED lamps and solar panels have been installed. Our program also contributed to reduce their green gas emissions by 21.8% from 2008 to 2017, which is equivalent to take 1500 cars of the road.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 2000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 300
  • Largest Theatre Style: 550
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 300
  • Largest Arena Seating: 550
  • Largest Seated Reception: 550
  • Largest Standing Reception: 750
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 2000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1500
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Business Services
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Television
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Business Center
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


4130 University Avenue,
Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5


  • BusBus
  • TaxiTaxi

Nearby Airport

  • Halifax International Airport - 85 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Halifax International Airport - 85 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Halifax – 120| Sydney – 100| Moncton – 135

Things to Know


  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


Full AV equipment available (projector, screen, laptops, etc.). Complimentary access to a business centre & computer labs. High speed Wi-Fi available throughout campus.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Laptops
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes