Built for the Welcome Inns
Back in the sixties or seventies, Dutch Elm Disease went through the area and they had to cut down many large trees. They kept the stump and had a woodcarver come in and carve the figures. Antigonish and surrounding area (including Auld's Cove) has many chainsaw carvings.
That is the Photographer's sons Brandon and Kyle, in the photo.
Information Source: Bradley McDonald and Kevin Cusack
Picture Source: Steve Robinson