This tartan was designed by Ann Smith MacQuarrie of Arisaig and has been adopted by the communities of
Knoydart, McArras Brook, Arisaig, Doctors Brook, Malignant Cove and Maryvale West located in
Antigonish County. It is a tribute to the area's rich history and a tribute to the
district's early settlers and Scottish culture.
The vibrant colors displayed in this tartan reflect the local communities: from the breathtaking landscape to the panoramic
view of the Northumberland Strait, these chosen colors are the sky, the ocean, the land and its people.
Two colours of blue — one light, one dark — represent the ocean, which is calm and peaceful some days,
rough and churning on others. At all times it is one of the most important elements of these communities –
a way of life, a means of travel and a source of enjoyment for the generations of people who live here.
White represents the transformation the shoreline and ocean take in the winter. Snow covers the land
and the big ice of the Northumberland Strait reaches as far as the eye can see.
Red represents the sun and its spectacular display of colour. One band is for sunrise and the other for sunset.
The green represents the land used for farming and the trees in the hills and valleys. Yellow is the
bright sun and sunny beaches which draw people to the area.
In tribute to the first Scottish settlers over 200 years ago are the traditional dark colors of that
time period. The Scottish immigrants named one community after the Arisaig they left behind. This gave
inspiration to the dark block, which takes its pattern from the ‘Gayre of Arisaidh Tartan’, from Arisaig, Scotland.
The band — comprised of narrow strips of red, white, black and yellow — has local significance.
Red represents the lobster, one of the main sources of income for our area, white for the church —
a beacon for travelers on land and sea. The yellow and black represents the Sunrise Trial and the
road that leads away from, and home to, our community.
Together these colours and pattern weave a community life that reflects the uniqueness of the area
and reasons why people continue to thrive on these shores.