The ongoing renovations will see approx. $12 million invested over the next 18 months. This includes winterizing Digby Pines for year-round operation as a vacation destination and economic engine for Southwest Nova Scotia. Ultimately, there is potential for $100 million of investment in The Pines over the next five to seven years, through the creation of an investment property vacation village that The Pines would manage for individual property owners.
“We are thrilled with this historic investment in the future of Digby Pines, Bear River First Nation and all of Digby region,” said Chief Carol Dee Potter, from the Bear River First Nation. Bear River First Nation is the lead partner in the group that purchased The Pines from the Province of New Scotland in December 2019. “In the Mi’kmaq language, pjila’si is an expression of welcome and respect. That’s what we want all customers to feel when they come to Digby Pines.”
Upgrades already completed or in progress include:
- Replacement of heating and air conditioning systems in the main pavilion
- Lodge roof and exterior update including winterization
- Addition of a new terrace to the restaurant
- The addition of a cafe and wine bar in the lobby
- New carpet throughout the building
- Modernization and wintering of the 31 chalets of The Pines.
“We will ensure that our customers in 2022 are not impacted by our incremental renovations; in fact, they will benefit,” Squires said. “Our goal is to bring more visitors to Digby to enjoy the world-class experiences we have to offer: our genuine hospitality, vibrant cultures, breathtaking coastline, beautiful accommodations, beautiful golf course and spa here at Digby Pines – and, of course, the best seafood in the world.”
Digby-Annapolis MLA Jill Balser said that with Digby Pines open year-round, more visitors will be able to enjoy all that the Digby the region has to offer. “You will always be amazed by the generosity and welcoming nature of the community,” she said. “The area offers some of the best activities in the province, from whale watching to a round of golf at Digby Pines Golf Course. You won’t want to miss it.”
The resort’s renovations and year-round opening have generated excitement in the community, said Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland. He added that The Pines is committed to sourcing goods and services locally and many local artisans have worked on the renovations. “The people here are proud to help make the resort a world-class, year-round facility.”
Chris d’Entremont, MLA for West Nova, said that throughout its history, The Pines has been an iconic tourist destination and an economic engine for the region. “It’s an incredible place to discover and rediscover the beauties of our region that make it such a unique destination,” he said. “I would like to congratulate Digby Pines Resort and Spa on their reopening and wish them a successful season!”
Financing for the renovation is in place by Peace Hills Trust, from Canada the largest and oldest federally regulated financial institution owned by First Nations, operated by Samson Cree Nation.
Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is perfectly situated overlooking the beautiful Annapolis Basin and has been welcoming guests since 1929. It features an 18-hole golf course designed by a world-renowned architect. Stanley Thompsona luxurious spa and a superb outdoor swimming pool in the middle of a vast well-maintained property.
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For further information: Glenn Squires, President, Digby Pines Ownership Group, [email protected](902) 401-6640