DIGBY, N.S. — For the first time in its 93-year history, Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa will remain open year-round and is currently undergoing winterizing renovations. Financing for the refurbishment is in place through Peace Hills Trust, Canada’s largest and oldest First Nations-owned federally regulated financial institution, operated by Samson Cree Nation.
“We are renovating this iconic coastal resort to offer year-round accommodations and activities,” said Glenn Squires, president of The Pines’ ownership group. “Our guests will enjoy Digby Pines in all seasons for the first time in its 93-year history. We’re excited for the growth this will bring to The Pines and Digby region overall.”
Roughly $12 million has been invested for winterizing renovations over the next 18 months. There’s potential for $100 million in investment in The Pines over the next five to seven years through the creation of a vacation village of investment properties that the resort would manage.
Upgrades already completed or underway include replacing the heating and air conditioning systems in the main lodge; updating the roof and exterior of the lodge; adding a new patio to the restaurant; adding a coffee and wine bar in the lobby; adding new carpeting throughout the building; and upgrading and winterizing The Pines’ 31 cottages.
“We are very excited about this historic investment in the future of Digby Pines, Bear River First Nation and the wider Digby region,” said Chief Carol Dee Potter of Bear River First Nation, lead partner in the group that purchased The Pines from the province of N.S. in 2019. “In the Mi’kmaq language, pjila’si is an expression of welcome and respect. This is what we want all guests to feel when they come to Digby Pines.”