Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa
The Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is a seasonal coastal resort hotel located at Digby, Nova Scotia, on the shores of the Annapolis Basin. The Pines is owned by the Province of Nova Scotia and is one of the province's three "Signature Resorts," along with Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Center in Liscombe Mills, and Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa in Ingonish Beach.
|Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa|
|Location||Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Owner||Government of Nova Scotia|
|Number of rooms||147|
|Number of suites||6|
The Pines first opened in 1905 as a large Second Empire wooden hotel built by Digby businessmen Harry Churchill. It was used in World War I as quarters for army officers. After the war, it was purchased by the Dominion Atlantic Railway and expanded as a seasonal resort to cater to the DAR's railway and steamer passengers. The film actress Theda Bara spent her honeymoon with husband Charles Brabin at The Pines in 1921. The DAR's owners, the Canadian Pacific Railway, decided to expand the Pines and replaced the original wooden hotel with the present building which opened on June 24, 1929.
The hotel was built in the style of a Norman Chateau, similar in style to Canadian Pacific's Algonquin Hotel in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. The hotel includes an 18-hole golf course, a large landscaped outdoor pool, 30 cottages, and extensive grounds with views of the Annapolis Basin and Digby Gut. Hotel bell boys once dipped the hotel flag twice a day to the Canadian Pacific steamship SS Princess Helene as she called on Digby. Canadian Pacific sold its Dominion Atlantic Railway hotels in 1957. The Pines was purchased by the Province of Nova Scotia to provide a regional tourism destination and is currently marketed as the "Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa".
Marguerite Woodworth, History of the Dominion Atlantic Railway, (Kentville, NS: 1937) pages 143, 145-147.